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  • Flame-Resistant Clothing Requirements

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Jan-2019

    Workers in industrial settings face a heightened risk of burn injuries. Some electric arcs and flash fires reach temperatures that are hotter than the surface of the sun. When a person suffers burn injuries, they face a lifetime of medical struggle and a reduced quality of life. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration requires fire-resistant clothing b ecause of the prevalence of burn ...
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  • How to Prevent Dust Explosions

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 26-Dec-2018

    When listing volatile explosives, very few people consider dust to be an explosion hazard. However, airborne particulates from organic and metal materials have the potential to cause devastating explosions. Industrial plants that handle food, tobacco, textiles, pesticides, and fossil fuels are just a few of the locations where dust explosions have been known to happen. What Causes Dust Explosions? ...
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  • What Rights Does OSHA Guarantee to Workers?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 22-Oct-2018

    For hundreds of years, Americans paid for their country’s expanding economic power with their lives. As the nation’s economy rapidly grew during the Industrial Revolution in the late 19 th century, American workers did their work in alarming, inhumane conditions. By 1970, the death rate for American workers was high enough to warrant Congress' attention. The resulting Occupational ...
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  • The Dangers of Diesel Exhaust in Industrial Sites

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Sep-2018

    Working at an industrial site is a dangerous job that exposes workers to hazardous chemicals and complex equipment. One of the most dangerous fuels that industrial workers can be exposed to is diesel. Diesel fuels a variety of equipment used in transportation, mining, construction, and manufacturing. When in use, diesel produces a mixture of gases and particulates. This mixture of gases can be ...
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  • Case Filed for Husband & Father Killed by Faulty Harness

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Apr-2018

    Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed suit against 3M as a result of its defective manufacturing of a fall protection harness. A husband and father trusted that 3M provided him with a fall protection harness that was free of defects. Unfortunately, while working at an elevated height at a Whirlpool facility, the lanyard attached to his harness broke, and he fell to his death. Falls are one of the ...
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  • Study Finds Arsenic in Air Near St. Paul Residential Area

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Apr-2018

    There’s arsenic in the air near hundreds of homes in St. Paul—and the issue is a simple fix. The Southport Industrial District is a 99-acre area that’s home to a metals recycling plant, chemical storage, and an impound lot. The industrial site is near the West Side neighborhood on the bank of the Mississippi. In 2015, residents in the West Side protested a planned expansion of ...
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  • Explosion in Santa Fe Springs, CA Injures 2 Roofers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2016

    On the morning of May 2, roofing contractors with AAA Roofing were doing their routine work; on this day, they were standing on a platform and heating asphalt to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a tanker filled with 4,000 gallons of tar and several tanks of propane standing nearby exploded without warning, launching the two workers off the platform. They were found 15 feet away, conscious though ...
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  • OSHA Tackling Safety Issues in Oil & Gas Industry

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Feb-2016

    In 2014, 142 workers in the oil and gas industry were killed on the job, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration believes the number will only continue to climb as the industry grows. As a result, the oil and gas extraction occupation is among the deadliest in the United States. To combat the hazardous conditions workers face, OSHA created a campaign called Step-Up for Safety. ...
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  • The Dangers of Shift Work

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Aug-2015

    Many jobs in this nation fall under the category of “shift work,” a scheduling practice employers use to offer 24/7 services. The 24-hour day is divided into shifts, and different workers are assigned to each shift. According to a recent study, 15% of the American workforce is made of shift workers. Shift work provides a crucial service to a lot of American industries, including ...
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  • Common Safety Concerns in the Oil Industry

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-Jul-2015

    The oil industry is among the largest and most powerful industries in the United States, but it is also among the most dangerous. Oil industry workers suffer a workplace fatality rate seven times higher than the average industry. From 2003 to 2010, 823 oil industry workers were killed on the job – an average of just over 100 fatalities per year. Due to the nature of the oil industry, much of ...
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  • U.S. Chemical Exposure Limits Are Severely Outdated

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Jul-2015

    Many industrial workers are exposed to dangerous or potentially dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. There are tens of thousands of chemicals used or made in the United States according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All of them could potentially be harmful to a worker’s health depending on the amount, frequency, and length of the exposure. OSHA Exposure Limits Are Antiquated ...
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  • Protecting Workers from Arc Flash Accident Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 23-Jun-2015

    Arc flash accidents are an electrical phenomenon that occurs when an electrical current leaves its designated path and travels to another conductor or ground through the air. If a worker is directly hit by an arc flash or in close proximity to one, the result is usually severe injury or death. How Are Arc Flashes Caused? Many things from human error to faulty wire installations can cause an arc ...
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  • While most office jobs operate on a standard 40-hour work week with employees working 8 hour days from Monday through Friday, industrial sites that operate around the clock are generally not afforded that luxury. Because workers need to be onsite 24 hours a day, most industrial companies operate on 12-hour shift schedules. There are many different types of 12-hour schedules and each one has a ...
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  • The Dangers & Hidden Costs of Absenteeism at Work

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 2-Jun-2015

    As companies across the country try to do more with less, worker fatigue is becoming a growing problem as overworked employees struggle to keep up with increased demands. One consequence of having a fatigued work staff is that workers tend to ‘burn out” and take time off of work. The average absenteeism rate for an American worker is 3.1% - 64 hours each year. Common Reasons for ...
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  • Tips for Staying Safe While Working in the Summer Heat

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-May-2015

    As May begins to come to a close, it means summer is rapidly approaching. Temperatures are already beginning to rise in southern parts of the country and will soon reach points that can be dangerous for outdoor workers. Working long hours in the summer heat is not only uncomfortable; it can lead to injury as well if workers are not properly prepared. Summer Safety Tips for Working Outdoors Below ...
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  • Recognizing National Electrical Safety Month

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-May-2015

    Each May is designated as National Electrical Safety Month in the United States. Electrical products and equipment can be found on many industrial jobsites. While they are vital tools for workers, they are also dangerous if used improperly. Each year, more than 3,500 workers are injured and over 300 are killed in electrical accidents. Most electrical accidents can be prevented through proper ...
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  • In recent years, railroads have become a more popular means of transporting oil and other flammable liquids across the country. However, after several high-profile train derailments, government regulators and industry officials have turned their focus to improving safety to prevent future accidents. Federal regulators have considered passing new legislation that would require cars carrying oil or ...
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  • 5 Consequences of Working Excessive Overtime

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Apr-2015

    The standard 40 hour workweek in the United States dates back to the Industrial Revolution. In the 1920s, Henry Ford – founder of Ford Motor Company – reduced his employees’ workweek from 48 hours to 40 hours under the belief that working too many hours in a week reduces productivity. While Ford may not have based his beliefs on scientific research, subsequent studies have shown ...
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  • Preventing Heat-Related Work Injuries & Illnesses

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Mar-2015

    Spring has arrived, which means that summer is just around the corner and the temperatures are about to start rising—particularly in the southern regions of the country. While summertime weather can be great for lying on the beach, floating a river, or boating on a lake, the heat can be dangerous for outdoor workers. According to OSHA, 4,120 workers suffered a heat-related illness or injury ...
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  • Additional Measures Around Wellbores to Prevent Injury

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Jan-2015

    The oil and gas industry saw its highest rate of fatalities in 2012, according to statistics gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This shocking number has led to the implementation of many new safety procedures for offshore rigs and land-based oil fields. Drilling for oil carries inherent risks, and the wellbore areas pose their own unique set of hazards. To counter the rise in ...
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  • OSHA Proposes Rulemaking Regarding Silica Dust

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Dec-2014

    Work in many industries, such as construction, exposes employees to inhalation of silica dust. This dangerous substance is created through the demolition, cutting, crushing, or other destruction of rock, stone, concrete, and other common materials. When these very fine particles are released into the air and inhaled by workers, they can cause the development of silicosis, chronic obstructive ...
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  • Toxic Dust and How to Protect Your Lungs

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Dec-2014

    In a wide range of fields, workers are exposed to a variety of dangerous toxins in the air. As hazardous materials are inhaled, the lungs can receive both short- and long-term damage. In some industries, daily exposure to fumes or dust inevitably leads to respiratory problems and severe issues surrounding the lungs. Even basic tasks in a number of industries can expose workers to toxic substances. ...
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  • Most Hazardous Types of Machinery

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Nov-2014

    Nearly every industry uses some type of machinery to complete necessary tasks every day. These machines and equipment are vital to performing work efficiently and quickly. However, many work-related injuries arise from the use of machines, and some machinery is especially dangerous for workers. Employers must ensure that all workplace equipment is safe and in good working order. As gears turn, ...
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  • Dangerous Chemicals in the Workplace

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Nov-2014

    Chemicals are necessary for many industrial jobs and can even make some tasks much easier. However, many of these chemicals can be hazardous if they are touched or inhaled, causing both short- and long-term damage to workers who are exposed to them. Even basic cleaning solutions can be harmful if workers do not take proper precautions against exposure to them. Jobs requiring contact with dangerous ...
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  • Dangers Faced by Livestock Industry Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Oct-2014

    Working with livestock may sound like a low-risk industry, but there are many ways that a worker can be injured while dealing with animals. Raising, transporting, and preparing livestock includes many steps involving thousands of workers performing different tasks, many of which involve heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals that can lead to serious injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor ...
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