On its web site, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has begun offering what it is calling “eTools,” helpful worksheets for employers with information on a variety of workplace safety issues. These eTools are listed on the web site in it’s “What’s New” section.

Recent features include how to protect employees from the H1N1 influenza virus, tips on safe operation of powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, and a warning about the dangers of combustible dust in the workplace.

OSHA is a part of the United States Department of Labor, with a mission to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. It estimates that since its establishment in 1971, OSHA has reduced occupational deaths by 62 percent and injuries by 42 percent.

However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, latest figures show that there were 4.2 million occupational injuries and illnesses among U.S. employees in 2005, and about 4.6 of every 100 employees experienced a job-related injury or illness. In 2006, 5,703 employees died on the job.

Many times, when a person is injured in the workplace, what might initially appear to be a worker’s compensation claim might turn out to be a case involving a dangerous product or piece of equipment, about which manufacturers should have been aware.

Workplace injuries may include industrial disease cases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, chest diseases, repetitive injury strain, or a severe injury such as a loss of fingers or limbs, or even death resulting from an unsafe work environment or defective equipment.

For more information about workplace safety, rules and regulations, visit OSHA online at www.osha.gov.

If you suspect you may have been injured by a defective product or unsafe environment in the workplace, contact us for a free evaluation of your concern.


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