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Will National Emphasis Program prevent amputation injuries?

Workers in the manufacturing industry nationwide, including in Missouri, may find comfort in learning that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a National Emphasis Program on Amputations to replace the program that has been followed since 2006. Information obtained from records of previous violators and amputation injuries over the past 40 years will be analyzed to target dangerous work sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,000 employees in the manufacturing industry suffered amputation injuries in 2013.

Workplace safety not to be ignored during grain harvesting season

This is the time of the year for harvesting, and grain bin safety is on the minds of many in Missouri and other states. The 2010 deaths of two teenagers, ages 14 and 19, when they were trapped in a grain bin in a neighboring state serves as a constant reminder of the potential dangers workers are exposed to in these circumstances. One survivor of that incident strives to create awareness of the importance of workplace safety in grain handling.

Work accident: Explosions at aluminum plant cause injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had not even completed an investigation of an accident in late June when it was called back to the premises of an aluminum plant in southeast Missouri. The work accident in June involved a worker who suffered serious burn injuries. Explosions rocked the same plant in a recent Tuesday, prompting OSHA to open another investigation.

Who will protect your interests in workers' compensation claims?

Company owners in Missouri are obligated by law to carry workers' compensation insurance if they have five or more employees. Contractors have to carry insurance even if they have only one worker. Under state laws, employees include not only full-time workers but also those who are in part-time, seasonal or temporary positions. When a worker is injured on the job in a workplace accident, it may not be the best option to ask the employer questions related to the workers' compensation benefits that may be paid or whether the particular injuries are covered by the insurance fund.

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