Evaluating current safety protocols and procedures is important in determining whether they are effective. OSHA is currently making plans to make critical changes to worker safety rules and regulations to improve conditions for workers and to prevent future accidents. According to Safety News Alert, OSHA released plans for 2014 so that both workers and employers know what to expect as they enter into the New Year. While employers will have to implement safety protocols and procedures, employees can benefit from maintaining awareness and understanding best practices in the workplace.
Safety in the workplace is critical to preventing accidents, injuries and fatalities. Our Spartanburg workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping North and South Carolina workers collect compensation in the event of an accident. We are also committed to raising awareness in workplace safety and in following OSHA developments that may be beneficial to Carolina business owners and employees.
With industries, technologies, and business developments always in flux, OSHA has to keep up with changes and demands to ensure worker safety. Here are some regulatory modifications that OSHA plans to make in 2014:
Silica standards: OSHA is hoping to improve worker safety by lowering the permissible limits of employee exposure from 100 micrograms to 50 micrograms per cubic meter. The regulation aims to improve respiratory safety standards and prevent future injury arising from silica inhalation.
Slip and fall prevention: For industry, manufacturing and construction workers, slip and fall injuries continue to be a significant risk in the workplace. OSHA will be changing the rules for walking work surfaces to reduce the chance of slip or trip and fall injuries and will also adjust requirements to improve personal fall protection systems.
Changing rules for confined spaces: An OSHA rule that was created in 1993 related to workers in confined industrial spaces will be modified in accordance with the rulemaking process. The agency is slated to begin working on modifications of this rule in February 2014.
Electrical Power Transmission, Distribution and Protective Equipment standards: Electrocution continues to be a leading cause of death for workers in the construction industry. It has been named one of the “Fatal Four” OSHA injuries and, for power-line workers, the rate is 50 deaths for every 100,000 workers each year. To minimize the risk of electrocution, OSHA will be changing current standards that have not been changed in almost 40 years. Next year, there will be stricter requirements imposed by OSHA standards and OSHA will also amend standards so that power line workers are protected whether building or maintaining transmission or distribution lines.
Revamping injury and reporting requirements: One issue in workers’ compensation and for OSHA is the under reporting of workplace injuries. The new injury reporting requirements will include rules on reporting injuries and fatalities within a set period of time. Businesses can face fine for failing to report accidents, injuries and fatalities on a work site.
OSHA regulations and workers’ compensation law can be complicated. If you or someone you love has been injured, consult with an experienced advocate who can protect your rights and help you collect the benefits you need and deserve.
If you have been injured at work in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
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Proving Extent of Injury Key in NC Worker Compensation Cases, Dec. 12, 2013, Charlotte Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Blog