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Enforcement program launched to prevent musculoskeletal injuries

Missouri is one of three states in which federal health authorities are concerned about the high numbers of workers developing musculoskeletal disorders due to the prevalence of ergonomic stressors among workers in industries such as poultry processors. Data gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 7.5 percent of workers in this industry are victims of recordable illnesses or injuries. An emphasis program was launched to assist owners of poultry processing plants in reducing the number of injuries suffered by workers.

Untrained operator causes fatal forklift accident

Construction company owners in Missouri must ensure that workers are adequately trained for the jobs allocated to them. This is especially important for the operators of mechanical equipment on construction sites. All employees -- those operating construction equipment and workers moving about on the ground -- must receive safety training related to potential hazards. A September forklift accident in another state led to the company being placed in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's severe violator program.

Criminal charges follow fatality caused by safety hazard

In many cases of workplace fatalities nationwide, including here in Missouri, federal investigators determine that the workers' deaths were preventable. This was the case in a fatal 2014 on-the-job accident in another state. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration official said the worker's death resulted from employer's failure to address a safety hazard because the company prioritized efficiency over addressing known safety hazards.

Workplace accident: Construction worker struck by excavator

Construction sites in Missouri and other states pose numerous hazards, some of which may cause catastrophic injuries. Construction company owners must provide safe work environments. In order to prevent a workplace accident, employees must receive adequate safety training to prepare them for potentially life-threatening situations and how to avoid them.

Workers' injuries: 17 amputations at Tyson Foods in 9 months

Workers in meat processing plants nationwide, including here in Missouri, are exposed to too many amputation hazards. This is the opinion of a professor of occupational health who requested the details of federal injury reports for Tyson Foods -- one of the largest processors and marketers of beef, chicken and pork in the world. She said that an average of two workers per month suffered workers' injuries that led to amputations starting in 2015, and she requested information about such injuries from January through September of 2015.

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