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New OSHA Rule Seeks to Make New York Worksites Safer

OSHA-Worksites-safer-imageA new safety rule for federal employees should help prevent workplace accidents in New York and nationally.

On August 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a requirement that all federal agencies must submit data on employee injuries and illnesses to the Bureau of Labor Statistics every year. The mandate covers approximately two million men and women who work for federal agencies.

“The data will help us streamline and improve programs to reduce occupational hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and deaths within the federal workforce,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels in a news release.

This could mean safer job conditions for New York men and women employed in federal jobs in areas such as:

  • Military and defense
  • Agriculture
  • Census Bureau
  • Marine and aviation
  • Food and drug regulation
  • OSHA
  • Forestry
  • Housing
  • Education

Worker Injuries in New York

More than 79,000 new federal workers’ compensation claims were filed in 2009, according to information from the White House. Around $1.6 billion was paid out in these claims.

Some of the goals of the new OSHA rule are to:

  • Reduce total injury and illness rates
  • Reduce lost time due to injury and illness
  • Analyze injury and illness cases
  • Increase the timely filing of workers’ compensation claims
  • Increase the timely filing of wage-loss claims
  • Reduce lost production days
  • Speed employees’ return to work

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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