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OSHA to reduce trenching accidents

Workers in Illinois and the rest of the country who routinely work in or near trenches and excavations have a high risk of incurring injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced its plans to prioritize the reduction of excavation and trenching accidents. The agency's goals are to inform workers and employers about how cave-ins can be safely prevented and to spread awareness about the hazards trenching poses to construction workers. The agency also intends to lower the quantity of trench collapses.

Entertainment alliance seeks to prevent workplace injuries

Entertainment industry workers in Illinois and across the United States may be heartened to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance that aims to support workplace safety in the field. As part of the alliance, OSHA will work with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to distribute relevant safety information and resources.

How employers can help older workers stay safe

Workers in Illinois and throughout the country are working later into life. Therefore, employers may need to update their workplace safety plans to account for this. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who were 55 and older accounted for roughly half of all workplace deaths in Minnesota over the past several years. Those who are aged 65 or older have higher workplace death rates than other age groups.

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