Connecticut workers in the entertainment industry may be interested to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opted to continue an alliance with two major entertainment worker organizations for another five years. By renewing its partnership with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, OSHA will continue to safeguard the health and safety of people who work in entertainment industry.
For some workers and employers in Connecticut, the selection of anchor points can be a concern when aiming to comply with the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Many safety professionals believe that the relevant regulations should have the anchor points capable of supporting 5,000 pounds per person attached. However, the actual standard for anchor points differs slightly from this common belief.
Tree care businesses in Connecticut and across the U.S. will benefit from the new safety guidelines that OSHA has published specifically for them. Its guidance document covers five majors hazards that tree care employers and employees face.
Connecticut residents who work in construction or other industries where exposure to silica is a possible danger may be concerned about related long-term health consequences. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a fact sheet to accompany rules that lay out the standards for exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a substance that could lead to the development of occupational diseases like silicosis. The fact sheet provides suggested and required actions that employers can take to implement the standards for exposure to the mineral substance in order to reduce the danger to employees, including providing training and establishing plans in case of exposure.
Marijuana is a "hot-button" issue for 2018 in workers' comp, according to Property Casualty 360, which frames the issue around the idea of a "potentially impaired workforce."
In Connecticut, the law of workers' comp includes what's known as a "physical/mental" injury, in which a claim for an accepted mental health injury can be made in conjunction with a physical injury as the precipitant.
Employee perceptions of workplace safety in Connecticut and across the United States often widely vary from employers' policies, according to a study by Rave Mobile Safety. Researchers pointed out that the results help reveal employees' feelings about safety on the job as well as the levels of knowledge and communication currently in place in many workplaces.
Falls represent the primary threat to the safety of construction workers in Connecticut, according to an analysis of data from a 33-year period between 1982 and 2015. The Center for Construction Research and Training studied data supplied by the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program and concluded that 42 percent of construction worker deaths resulted from falls.
Employees expect to be safe when they go to work each day, unless they work at an inherently dangerous job as a firefighter, police officer, miner or construction worker. Employees shouldn't have to worry about whether they might get injured when at work or if they will get to leave in one piece at the end of the day. That's why workers' compensation is so important.
The rather unusual Winter Storm Grayson was "one of the most intense western Atlantic winter storms in decades," according to the Weather Channel. It caused blizzard conditions and flooding in many areas along the East Coast. It dropped inches of snow on Connecticut and neighboring states.