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Statistics show reduced risk of work-related illness

For a vast majority of Missouri residents, a job helps provide them with the lifestyle they desire. As a result, one's occupation likely consumes considerable time and energy. Unfortunately, that same time commitment and energy investment can lead to a work-related illness or injury, especially if the work entails a high risk environment.

Mental Health Day addresses depression in the workplace

Earlier in the month of October, the World Health Organization celebrated World Mental Health Day by focusing on the problems that can be attributed to certain workplace environments. The selected topics were depression and anxiety and how they can negatively impact the emotional well-being of workers as well as ways to resolve or alleviate these problems. Many workers in Missouri and across the country battle these issues on the job on a daily basis.

OSHA updates some rules for workplace injury and illness reports

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with overseeing every aspect of worker safety -- including tracking illnesses caused by work environments. In order to improve its ability to monitor instances of a work-related accident or illness, OSHA recently implemented new guidelines for employers. These new rules were implemented to safeguard the rights of workers here in Missouri and across the country to report on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

Paint stripper could be cause of bath refinisher's fatal illness

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the ban of two toxic chemicals in January. Methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone are highly toxic ingredients present in paint strippers and products that are used to remove coatings such as those used on baths. The agency says these chemicals pose hazards that could cause occupational illness that might be lethal to employees nationwide, including in Missouri.

Pigeon droppings found to have caused work-related illness

An administrative law judge recently ruled that the widow of a deceased investigator that worked for a county prosecutor in Missouri is entitled to compensation after her husband's death. The man claimed workers' compensation for a work-related illness after developing a nodule in his lung that was removed and suspected to have been caused by exposure to pigeon droppings. He died five years later of a lung disease.

Hydrogen sulfide causes work-related illness at methane gas plant

Workers at plants where organic waste is turned into methane gas in Missouri and other states may be exposed to hazardous gases. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been investigating such a plant in a neighboring state since October after a worker landed in the hospital. This employee suffered exposure to hydrogen sulfide, a colorless gas that can cause a serious work-related illness.

Workplace illness: Heat exposure kills Missouri roof worker

Every summer, workers in a variety of industries in Missouri and other states suffer the consequences of working in extreme heat. Heat exposure can cause a workplace illness that can lead to death. A federal safety agency recently reported the outcome of an investigation into the August death of a roof worker.

Work-related illness: OSHA says heat stroke death preventable

Every year, thousands of workers lose their lives in workplace accidents. Employers in Missouri and elsewhere are responsible for the safety and health of employees while they are on duty. However, not all injuries involve broken bones or skull fractures. Some suffer occupational illnesses that are caused by conditions at work. One such work\-related illness is heat stroke, and it caused the death of a worker in Poplar Bluff this past July; federal investigators have since determined that this fatality was avoidable.

Heat illness may have been the cause of Missouri worker's death

Every summer, before the onset of extreme heat, employers are reminded about the dangers to which outdoor workers are exposed and the most appropriate steps to take to prevent heat illness. The precautions are not complicated, nor are they costly, and involve providing enough cold water and shade in which to take regular breaks from the direct heat of the sun. Yet, every year there are reports of workers nationwide, including in Missouri, succumbing to heat illness.

OSHA investigation followed recycler's death when hit by truck

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a non-profit business for various safety violations. This followed an investigation into the circumstances that led to the April death of a worker in the Missouri company's recycling facility. The business provides recycling, mowing and janitorial services and tries to give employment for people with disabilities.

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