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April 2014 Archives

OSHA orders railroad to reinstate injured worker

Georgia readers may have heard that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Union Pacific Railroad is guilty of a retaliatory termination. The agency has now ordered the company to reinstate the position of a male worker and to pay damages worth more than $85,000 to the man after it violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act.

The importance of electrical safety on the job

According to a report by the Electrical Safety Foundation, electrical hazards cause roughly 4,000 worker injuries and 300 deaths annually. These types of accidents cause workers nationwide, including many in Georgia, to lose an average of 13 workdays per accident for recovery. Electricity cannot be avoided altogether due to its importance in every workplace, but the majority of accidents can be prevented.

OSHA sponsors stand-down at highway work zone sites in Georgia

For April 7-11, Occupational Safety and Health Administration partnered with construction contractors, the state of Georgia, the Federal Highway Administration and local governmental entities to support a one hour shut down of all construction activities throughout the state. During that week, construction workers agreed to stop working between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this work stoppage was to allow safety training that teaches how to prevent construction workers from being injured by cars while working on the highway.

Georgia silo accident leaves one dead

A recent work-related accident in a rural Georgia community has left a 31-year-old man dead. According to the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office, at about 1:15 p.m. on March 27, two men were working in a grain silo at Southwest Georgia Ethanol in Pelham when one of them slipped and fell into an auger, a mechanical system used to sort grain in the silo. A supervisor who was outside the silo had to run 60 feet to hit the switch to stop the machinery. He called for help, but the employee was pulled into the auger and killed.