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Occupational disease threats are present in many industries

As a follow up to the blog post about dangerous carcinogens posted on Feb. 10 ("Chrome plating may lead to development of an occupational disease"), workers in other industries may not be aware of similar threats that may be present in their work environments. Workers in all industries in Missouri and elsewhere have the right to be informed of any hazards that may cause an occupational disease. In many cases, work-related illnesses are diagnosed years later and are often not linked to the patient's occupation.

Forklift operators suffer severe burns in workplace accident

Forklift operators face many dangerous situations on a daily basis. Employers are expected to ensure that workers are aware of potential hazards and emergency procedures in the event of a workplace accident. Workers are often instructed to operate these dangerous industrial machines in confined spaces where deadly gases and fumes can become trapped. Not only do such surroundings pose suffocation hazards, but gas vapors can ignite, leading to severe burn injuries. Four workers were the victims of such a workplace accident that occurred in August of last year in Missouri.

Chrome plating may lead to development of an occupational disease

Business owners in Missouri have many responsibilities related to the safety of their workers. In addition to following the safety regulations that are prescribed by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers should inform their employees of potential threats that may cause an occupational disease. Many workers develop an illness such as cancer many years after being exposed to carcinogens of which they may not even have had knowledge of at the time.

Crane accident at construction site claims worker's life

Construction workers in Missouri have to cope with the potential dangers of their occupations on a daily basis. The long list of dangers often includes large cranes. A crane accident can result in catastrophic injuries to workers, and these accidents are often due to disregarded safety procedures and inadequate staff training. Crane safety is regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA).

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