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February 2016 Archives

The hazards of working with scissor lifts

In early February, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a new version of a hazard warning detailing the dangers of scissor lifts, a type of equipment that is used in many Minnesota workplaces. The alert originally saw publication after an untrained student employee at the University of Notre Dame died while he was filming from a scissor lift in 2010. The document was updated to include recommendations based on OSHA's year-long investigation of 10 deaths and no less than 20 injuries related to lift devices.

Protective gear could save Minnesota workers from eye injuries

According to some statistics, more than 2,000 eye injuries occur in the United States on a daily basis. Prevent Blindness America says that at least 90 percent of these incidents could be avoided if workplaces took appropriate safeguards, such as using personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly. The organization notes that common workplace eye injury causes include tools, flying objects and exposure to radiation, chemical agents or particulate matter. Safety overseers and employees are cautioned to assess hazards and use controls to reduce risk prior to beginning work.

Hazardous energy and remaining safe

The energy sources that equipment or machines use can be hazards for workers. Some of these sources are chemical, electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic and thermal. Minnesota workers who are maintaining or servicing equipment or machines could suffer serious injuries or fatalities if hazardous energy is not controlled. Approximately 3 million workers routinely service equipment and risk being injured every day, including craft workers, electricians, laborers and machine operators.

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