Federal laws, often in the form of regulations promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, set many workplace safety standards. Workers’ compensation policies, in contrast, vary by state.
While it probably comes as no surprise to health care workers, other people may find it hard to believe that hospitals are considered more dangerous workplaces than construction and manufacturing sites, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). All health care work has risks, but working in a hospital is especially hazardous.
In our last post, we began speaking about the common problem of overexertion. As we noted, Amazon.com has been targeted by OSHA for exposing employees to potential overexertion, which is an important problem, because it increases the risk of workplace injury.
Amazon may be leading the pack in terms of online retail, but the company’s success has come at a cost. As reports of Amazon’s questionable treatment of workers continue, some are wondering whether the company is on the right track. The latest move against the company came last month when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for failing to report 26 work-related illnesses and injuries at a warehouse in New Jersey.
Month after month, workers on New York construction sites suffer life-changing injuries or even death.