We often talk about the importance and benefits of Building a Culture of Safety in the workplace. When you have achieved this objective, it implies that your employees have taken ownership of their actions and care enough to protect themselves and their coworkers by being safe and following safety guidelines. It also implies that safety is valued, practiced and encouraged at the leadership level, which has an important impact on employees, as well as your bottom line.
Scaffolding accidents are among the most common in the construction industry. Every year American employers pay approximately $90 million dollars in lost work days due to these accidents, not to mention the possibility of permanent injury/death. Improper scaffolding practices are the #3 OSHA violation, with 3,900 citations given in 2016.
Based on OSHA reports, 65 percent of workers in the construction industry, a whopping 2.3 million, operate on scaffolds frequently. Of these workers, 4,500 get injured every year and approximately 60 experience fatalities. The most shocking statistic of all though is this: 72 percent of these accidents occur as a result of deficient platforms and falling, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To avoid these tragedies, OSHA has established a set of guidelines to which companies should strictly adhere:
As the leading provider of safety services, safety technology and safety products, Arbill is saving lives every day at worksites throughout the United States. An award-winning supplier of all-things safety, for more than 70 years, Arbill's clients have counted on us to make sure their employees go home safely after every shift.
The primary purpose of workers’ compensation benefits is to compensate employees for time missed from work as a result of a work-related injury, and to pay for medical expenses related to occupational injuries or disease. But nearly all states also provide for “scheduled” benefits for losses of function in certain body parts or certain bodily functions.
According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, nonfatal workplace injuries amounted to nearly $62 billion in direct U.S. workers compensations costs (more than a billion dollars per week). When you combine the direct and indirect costs, the average cost of a workplace injury is $100,000. With the potential for additional costs, due to OSHA fines and other legal action.
As you can see, workplace injuries can be very costly. There is the financial impact, as well as the emotional toll that an injury can take on your employees and your organization. It is imperative that you take the proper steps to reduce injuries and ensure your employees go home safely after every shift.
Respiratory illness can be serious and in some cases, deadly. In today's workforce many workers are not properly protected and are at risk for respiratory illness.
Everyone wants to reduce accidents and injuries in the workplace and sometimes making simple adjustments to daily work practices can have a significant impact.
What if I told you that you could reduce 33% of all workplace accidents by preventing just one thing?
Whether they are old beliefs passed down from traditional safety views, or based on pure misconception and ignorance, present-day myths abound concerning workplace safety.
If you are laboring under any of these myths, you may be putting your business and your employees at risk.
Eye injuries in the workplace are very common, with about 20,000 eye injuries occurring each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). About one third of these injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments and often require one or more days of lost work. Eye injuries not only cause pain and suffering, but the costs are more than eye opening, adding up to $300 million annually in worker compensation, medical expenses, and lost production time, according to OSHA.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal injuries in confined spaces average out to 92 per year (almost 2 per week). Confined spaces present a unique challenge and can often be more hazardous than regular workspaces. It is important for you to take the necessary steps to provide your employees with the proper equipment, training and programs to ensure they stay safe.