Injuries

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An explosion and fire destroyed a coffee shop Friday in this rural south Georgia city, seriously injuring three people and prompting a warning from city officials for residents to avoid the downtown area. The blast rocked tiny Homerville, a city of about 2,500 people, shortly after noon.

Construction workers are more likely to be injured by struck-by hazards than any other injury, according to a new data report by CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training. According to the report, the risk of nonfatal struck-by injuries in the construction industry is almost double the risk of all other industries combined.

OSHA's Injury Tracking Application will be available Aug. 1, allowing employers to electronically enter their required 2016 injury and illness data from Form 300A, the agency announced July 14. The Improve Track of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule went into effect Jan.

Construction firms are developing new safety helmets designed to provide workers with better protection from falls and to curb fatal injuries, according to a report from Bloomberg BNA. According to government researchers, from 2003 to 2010, 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occurred in the construction industry, a rate of 2.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.