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Overexposure to Methylene Chloride can have long-term effects

Missouri workers have the right to know when they are exposed to toxic chemicals at their places of work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revisited a manufacturer in another state to check whether appropriate action had been taken following prior citations related to toxic exposure. OSHA proposed additional penalties for repeat offenses after it was found that workers remained exposed to Methylene Chloride that can cause occupational diseases with long-term effects.

Lost fingertip in workplace accident leads to $80,500 penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that machine hazards are the most frequent subject of citations. Over 200,000 employees across the country, include many in Missouri, suffer workers' injuries caused by dangerous machinery every year. OSHA says machines with inadequate safety mechanisms are regularly identified when a workplace accident is investigated.

Occupational illness: Work-related asthma widespread in Missouri

The general health of many workers in Missouri is adversely affected by their occupations or their workplace surroundings. Sometimes a worker is exposed to health hazards that may lead to an occupational disease, but it is not uncommon for a worker to have an existing illness that is exacerbated by conditions at his or her workplace. The results from a 2012 study of information gathered from workers in 22 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 23 percent of Missouri workers suffer from work-related asthma.

OSHA citations follow deaths of 2 workers in trench collapse

Missouri employers have to protect any employees against workplace hazards in all areas of their employment. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations for all activities, and failure to comply may lead to severe workplace injuries and even deaths. A landscaping company in another state was recently cited by OSHA after an investigation into a trench collapse that took the lives of two workers.

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