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Worker rescued from trench collapse that buried him completely

Trenches represent some of the most hazardous areas in which workers in Missouri and other states can find themselves. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict regulations to protect the employees who need to work in these dangerous areas. Along with proper equipment, such as trench boxes or shored walls to prevent cave-ins, workers must have safe methods to exit excavations quickly in the event of an emergency such as an imminent trench collapse. Furthermore, a competent, adequately qualified person must evaluate the safety of the trench every day.

3 preventable workplace injuries identified

Statistics show that about 200,000 workers nationwide, including in Missouri, stayed away from work for more than three days after being injured on the job. These numbers are based on 2015/2016 records and exclude fatal injuries. Safety authorities are focusing on the three most frequently cited injury types to create safer workplaces that might lower the current estimate of 4.5 million working days lost due to injuries.

Workplace safety: 2 workers fell 3 stories from hydraulic lift

During a week when the Occupational  Safety and Health Administration was emphasizing the importance of fall prevention through its National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction program, a fatal workplace accident that defied all safety regulations claimed the life of one worker and caused life-threatening injuries to another. This tragedy appears to be an example of how not to deal with workplace safety. OSHA set aside the second week of May to focus on safety policies and methods to prevent falls and educate employers and employees nationwide, including in Missouri.

Health and safety of Missouri flood workers at risk

Disaster site workers nationwide are typically exposed to many safety hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently urged Missouri workers who are cleaning up in the aftermath of floods to comply with regulations to protect their health and safety. The risks are multiple, and the agency asked the public to stay away from floodwater and prevent their children from playing there -- despite the temptation that it might hold for kids.

Construction worker severely injured by alleged distracted driver

Road construction zones will always pose deadly hazards to workers, regardless of whether they are located in Missouri or another state. The disregard of motorists traveling through these areas was recently underscored when an alleged distracted driver caused critical injuries to a construction worker in a neighboring state. Authorities once again urged drivers not to use their cellphones while driving, especially not in construction zones.

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