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OSHA needed federal court order to do factory investigation

All business owners nationwide are legally bound to provide safe workplace environments. They must also provide the Occupational Safety and Health Administration access to these workplaces to carry out inspections. However, the safety agency had to resort to getting a federal court order to get access to a sheet metal manufacturer in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, and OSHA released the investigation results recently.

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.

Transport company agrees to improve workplace safety

Forklifts pose life-threatening hazards to workers in different industries nationwide, including in Missouri. A cargo and freight business with outlets in 26 states has to pay more than $165,000 in penalties for safety hazards related to forklifts. The company has apparently reached a settlement agreement to improve workplace safety at more than 100 of its sites.

OSHA identifies musculoskeletal workplace injury hazards

One of the primary causes for absences from work nationwide is musculoskeletal injuries. Any employer can avoid a workplace injury that causes such production losses by complying with the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The safety agency recently cited an automotive seat manufacturer in Missouri for safety violations related to health hazards that inspectors identified during a May investigation at the plant.

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