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Grain handler cited for disregarding health and safety of workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has prescribed safety standards for all industries. This is to protect the health and safety of workers in Missouri and elsewhere. One industry that is known to be extremely hazardous is grain handling, and OSHA inspectors recently revealed their findings in an investigation into workers' safety at a Cape Girardeau grain handler.

Workers' injuries: OSHA cites company after amputation injuries

Industrial workers across the country, including in Missouri, are often exposed to amputation hazards along with multiple other dangerous situations typical to manufacturing plants. Such facilities usually have various types of machines, equipment and conveyor belts that can cause devastating workers' injuries if they are left unguarded. A worker in another state lost three fingertips in a workplace accident in another state.

Trench collapse hazards identified at plumbing site

It is sometimes difficult to understand how Missouri company owners can willfully subject employees to deadly safety hazards without providing protection. Sadly, this often happens even after federal regulators have cited them. This also happens in other states, and a construction company in a neighboring state that had been cited for exposing workers to trench collapse hazards twice since 2012 was recently cited for a third time.

Arborist killed in work accident when struck by tree limb

According to data gathered by the Tree Care Industry Association, tree trimming accidents led to the deaths of approximately 580 workers nationwide, between 2009 and 2015. Reportedly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is concerned about the high number of workplace fatalities in this industry, including in Missouri, and the agency is working on developing safety rules for arborists. Another worker recently died after a work accident in which a falling branch struck him.

Workplace accidents: Overturned truck at landfill kills worker

Missouri workers in various industries are exposed to safety hazards on a daily basis. For this reason, it is vital for company owners to do hazard assessment checks on all work sites and to provide training to equip employees with the ability to recognize dangerous situations. Many deaths in workplace accidents are accepted as accidental although compliance with safety regulations might have prevented them.

Global industrial leader fails to prevent workers' injuries

A company with its head office in another state was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company is known as a global leader in the manufacturing of control and motion technologies, yet it allegedly failed to install protective devices in machines at its Missouri plant that would protect employees from severe workers' injuries. OSHA launched an investigation after an amputation injury last December.

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