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Skin Disorders a Common Workplace Injury

One of the leading injury claims in the work place result from occupational skin disorders (OSD). These disorders, also known as occupational dermatitis, occur when a worker’s skin becomes irritated or is made worse due to contact with substances related to their job. In 2006, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 41,400 reports of work-related skin disorders, with 10-15% of overall injuries on-the-job being attributable to OSD. While certain industries, such as chemical, medical and construction, are more prone to occupational skin disorders, reports of injuries may be found in practically every industry. It helps, therefore, for all workers to be aware of the more common skin disorders that may occur while on-the-job.

Decline Reported in Workplace Injuries

A recent news release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals some good news for private industry workers. The annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in private industries shows an overall decline in injuries and illnesses in the workplace for 2009. The report, which is released annually by BLS for the U.S. Department of Labor to summarize injury statistics for the year prior, is a positive sign that safety regulations and oversight are helping to improve the working environment for employees.

Safety Violations Uncovered at Grain Facilities

Thanks to a recent investigation into working conditions, grain storage employees may find that their on-the-job safety is being taken a little more seriously. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently conducted an inspection of Gavilon Grain LLC’s three grain facilities in the Ohio cities of Morral, Harpster and West Jefferson. Following their investigation, OSHA issued the operator several citations and fines as a result of serious violations of worker safety standards. Sadly, these violations are an all too common occurrence in an industry that has proven to be potentially hazardous and even deadly to workers.

How Safe Are Nuclear Power Plants?

The recent tragedy in Japan has driven home to many in the United States the dangers present in our own backyard. While we are reminded of our vulnerability to natural disaster, a particular emerging concern is over the safety of our own nuclear power plants. As the leading producer of nuclear energy, the U.S. has 104 active nuclear power plants, with more slated to be built. Though the debate has raged for decades over the safety of these plants, recent events and even U.S. history have proven there is a definite risk inherent in producing nuclear power.

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