Georgia residents whose jobs involve working with powered industrial trucks may see a change in safety standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering changes to its standards for powered industrial trucks used in construction, maritime and general industry. The agency put out a request for information on March 11. Comments and information will be accepted until June 10.
An under-reported cause of workplace injury in Georgia and across the United States is shoulder injury related to landing gear cranking. A recent study now shows that through strategic positioning, it is possible to prevent injury to truck drivers while raising or lowering trailers.
All employees in Georgia, whether they work in the construction, retail or agricultural industry, should know about the following five types of workplace accidents and how to avoid them. First on the list are slip, trip and fall accidents. Slips can be caused by wet or oily surfaces, weather hazards and spills that are not taken care of in time. Workers may also trip in poorly lit areas and on torn carpeting, loose cables and clutter.
Every day, thousands of workers in Georgia and across the U.S. face dangerous work conditions. In fact, a recent report found that nearly 5,200 American workers were killed on the job in 2016, which was an increase from the 4,836 who were killed in 2015. The report, entitled "Death on the Job, the Toll of Neglect, 2018," was issued by the AFL-CIO federation of unions.