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Workers' compensation claim may follow amusement park injury

The daily duties of employees of amusement parks in Missouri can present many dangers. Unanticipated workplace accidents can result from equipment malfunctions and other dangerous situations. The owners of an amusement park have to rely on the competence of their workers. A workforce that is aware of potential hazards and equipped with proper safety training may save a company owner large amounts of money on workers' compensation claims that commonly follow work injuries.

Company classified as severe violator after fatal work accident

Too many Missouri workers lose their lives or are severely injured in preventable workplace accidents. Employers must provide work environments that are clear of known hazards. Unfortunately, some company owners choose to disregard the safety regulations that are prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Such negligence may lead to a fatal work accident.

NWRA serious about workplace safety for sanitation workers

In view of the high number of injuries and deaths of workers in the waste removal industry, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) is pushing state legislators to adopt the Slow Down to Get Around proposal. While some states have already passed such legislation, the association is confident that other states, including Missouri, will soon approve bills that will promote workplace safety for waste removal workers. The association asserts that many lives are lost due to the reckless driving of other motorists.

Forklift operator dies in work accident in warehouse

Forklift drivers in all industries should receive adequate training in the operation of forklifts. The U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires company owners to ensure that forklift operators are qualified and aware of all potential hazards. Due to the high rate of fatalities involving forklifts in the workplace, OSHA initiated a program to educate employers and employees in Missouri and two neighboring states about the potential hazards and how to prevent a work accident that involves a forklift.

Chemical that causes lung disease not regulated by OSHA

Owners of Missouri factories where chemicals are used in the production process have a duty to inform all employees of the health risks they face. Working in environments where hazardous chemicals are present can have devastating consequences for unprotected workers. One chemical that has been known to cause respiratory problems and lung disease is not included among the regulated chemicals listed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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