Workers in industrial facilities in Georgia and across the country rely upon company owners to prioritize workers' safety. Moreover, preventing workplace injuries helps keep workers' compensation insurance premiums in check. Unfortunately, in some cases, employee safety falls victim to an employer's drive to maximize profits.
Georgia workers have the right to safe workplace environments, and the ideal situation would be for workers to be confident in their employers' commitment to worker safety. One industry in which too many lives have been lost is the oil and gas industry. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that nine fatalities resulted from hydrocarbon exposure from January 2010 through March 2015. This is of great concern because such workplace injuries are preventable.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed an investigation into a fatal workplace accident at the Georgia plant of International Paper. The on-the-job accident claimed the life of a crane operator earlier this year. Investigators determined that safety violations by the employer caused the worker's death.
Working conditions for thousands of workers in the poultry industry in Georgia and seven other southern states might improve in months to come. Following several reports of adverse workplace conditions and the many safety hazards on poultry farms, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched a program to address this issue. The program will focus on education and enforcement of safety regulations with the aim of lessening the number of workplace injuries in the poultry industry.
Many industries nationwide, including in Georgia, expose machine operators to the hazards associated with moving parts. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety regulations related to this hazard, and employers must take appropriate measures to prevent workplace injuries. Unfortunately, some companies continue to disregard these regulations, leading to OSHA launching a program to emphasize amputation hazards in the workplace.
Rather than waiting for a severe injury or death of a worker to occur in the Georgia auto parts industry, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is carrying out inspections as part of a regional program. Its aim is to identify safety violations that might cause workplace injuries or fatalities. A recent inspection at Nissin Brake Georgia Inc. resulted in multiple citations for workplace safety violations.
As part of its quest to ensure the safety of workers, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently conducted an inspection at a brewery of Anheuser-Busch Cos. LLC, the makers of beverages including Budweiser, in another state. The company’s brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, received citations in 2010, and this most recent investigation found similar violations. Employers in all industry fields have a responsibility to protect employees from workplace injuries by practicing workplace safety to meet the required standards.