Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Disease cases due to bites from mosquitos, ticks and flea bites more than tripled from 2004-2016 in the U.S., according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Outdoor workers are at higher risk for serious health problems from these insect bites. The CDC stated that cases of serious domestic diseases, such as dengue fever, Zika, Lyme and plague occurred more than 640,000 times in this time period....
Department of Labor Considers Allowing Younger Workers to Do Hazardous Jobs

Department of Labor Considers Allowing Younger Workers to Do Hazardous Jobs

A top Democratic congressman is asking tough questions about why the Department of Labor is considering an expansion of hazardous jobs that 16- and 17-year-olds can do. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who also is deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, penned a letter to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta in May about the proposed rule on the Spring 2018 agenda for the agency called ‘Expanding Apprenticeship and...
Remember These Summertime Workplace Dangers

Remember These Summertime Workplace Dangers

We are in the heat of summer in Georgia, with mid-day temperatures sometimes soaring into the 90s and beyond. Even though temperatures are high, some Georgia workers still must work outside for long periods. According to a recent OSHA fact sheet, it is important for Georgia workers to remember the dangers of over-extending themselves in the heat. Also, remember that your employer has an obligation to ensure its workers...
Legal Options After Being Injured in a Bar Fight

Legal Options After Being Injured in a Bar Fight

When bars, restaurants and nightclubs serve alcohol, they must be very careful. First, they must serve enough alcohol to earn a profit for their business. But they also cannot serve so much that they endanger patrons. After all, when people drink too much, they often get aggressive and confrontational. If you are injured in a Georgia bar fight, do you have a possible legal claim? In some cases, yes,...
Are Your Robot Co-Workers a Threat to Your Safety?

Are Your Robot Co-Workers a Threat to Your Safety?

Works of fiction often portray robots working alongside humans in a sometimes harmonious and other times not so harmonious way. In the real world, industrial robots have been a major contributor to the American workplace for years. According to the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), more than 250,000 such robots had been installed in the U.S. as of 2017. These sophisticated machines bear little resemblance to what we read about...
Why Motorcycle Safety Month Should Matter to All Drivers

Why Motorcycle Safety Month Should Matter to All Drivers

When the weather warms in spring across Georgia and the South, motorcycles are everywhere on our roads.  That is why May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month with warm, sunny weather is an appropriate time to remind all drivers to be on the alert for motorcyclists. With so much motorcycle traffic on the roads, serious accidents are more likely. In 2016, 4,976 motorcycle drivers and...
How Safe Would Your Workplace Be in a Tornado?

How Safe Would Your Workplace Be in a Tornado?

It is spring time in the United States. This is considered the tornado season for much of the country, but twisters can happen at any time, experts say. It is estimated that there are 1,200 tornadoes per year in the US, and 70 people on average die from them, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Twisters can wreak havoc in all 50 states, but they are especially...
Is It Time for Georgia Drivers to Go Hands-Free?

Is It Time for Georgia Drivers to Go Hands-Free?

It appears that Georgia drivers may soon be required to go hands-free with their mobile devices while driving, if the Hands-Free Georgia Act becomes law. Proposed recently by State Representative John Carson (District 46), HB 673 would outlaw drivers from holding or supporting their cell phone or mobile device while driving. It also would ban drivers from texting, watching YouTube, recording a video, streaming Netflix or looking at social...
OSHA Fines Goodyear for Workplace Safety Violations

OSHA Fines Goodyear for Workplace Safety Violations

OSHA recently levied a $70,000 fine against a Georgia Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant for failing to follow federal workplace safety rules that presented danger to workers. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors handed seven serious citations to Goodyear in January 2018 after an audit of its factory in Social Circle. According to the inspection report, inspectors found the following violations: Failure to provide safety and protective gear...