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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.

Chrome plating may lead to development of an occupational disease

Business owners in Missouri have many responsibilities related to the safety of their workers. In addition to following the safety regulations that are prescribed by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers should inform their employees of potential threats that may cause an occupational disease. Many workers develop an illness such as cancer many years after being exposed to carcinogens of which they may not even have had knowledge of at the time.

Communication tower upgrades lead to more fatal fall accidents

Regardless of the size of a company, or the industry under which it is categorized, all Missouri workers are susceptible to the emotional, mental and financial ramifications of a workplace accident. As a result of the advancing technology in mobile equipment, more upgrades are required for communication towers, and this seems to be the cause of an increased number of fall accidents concerning communication tower workers. The 13 fatalities that occurred in that industry during 2013 exceeds the total number of deaths of communication tower workers in 2011 and 2012 combined. Though final figures for 2014 weren't available, 11 deaths had apparently been reported up until the time the news article was prepared.

Workplace injury suffered when worker's hand is caught in baler

All company owners in Missouri and other states are responsible for the safety of their workers. However, the safety hazards in smaller retail facilities are often overlooked. Emergency workers were recently called to a retail outlet in another state where a worker suffered a workplace injury.

You are not covered by workers' compensation -- what now?

Most workers in Missouri are covered by workers' compensation insurance paid for by their employers. This provides some level of peace of mind to workers who are exposed to hazardous situations at work. Labor laws in Missouri require companies with more than four employees to be covered by workers' compensation insurance. Construction companies, however, must have such coverage even if they have only one employee.

No fault needs to be proven in workers' compensation claims

Some Missouri workers may be concerned about the fact that they may not file a claim against their employer after suffering a workplace injury. Workers are provided with workers' compensation insurance and in return they are prohibited from filing claims against their employers -- except in particular circumstances. However, they will not have to prove negligence on the part of their employers or any co-workers. Even if a worker was partly responsible for his or her own injury, a claim for workers' compensation benefits may be filed.

Worker suffers spine injury after 13-foot fall into trench

In a recent investigation by OSHA, the owners of a Missouri construction company were found to have allegedly endangered the lives of construction workers in their employ. Employers are obliged to maintain strict safety regulations as prescribed by OSHA. This includes the work environment at construction sites, along with job-related protection for each worker.The OSHA investigation followed an accident where a construction worker at a sewer installation suffered a spine injury.

Would Missouri graduate student receive workers' compensation?

When workers are injured on the job, they are generally entitled to receive workers' compensation. College students may also be faced with injury while performing a task at school. In a University case, a graduate student sustained permanent injuries on campus. Can Missouri graduate students receive workers' compensation?

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