When you hear the phrase, “disaster in the workplace,” you think of big explosions, massive fires and horrible accidents. These associations make sense as the effects of disasters, after all, are huge. However, the steps you can take to prevent these large-scale calamities are small, simple and unfortunately often forgotten or ignored.
As the leading provider of safety services, safety training, 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 almost 75 years, Arbill's clients have counted on us to make sure their employees go home safely after every shift.
According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 workers each year and costs businesses more than $2.3 billion in property damage. Explosions and fires account for 3% of workplace injuries and have the highest casualty rate of all probable workplace accidents.
Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of workplace accidents and injuries. According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace and cost employers over $11 billion per year.
Workplace accidents and hazards don't wait around for your employees to have the right safety supplies and equipment in place to prevent or mitigate disaster. Too little of the right safety supplies or personal protective equipment puts your workers at risk and too much of it inflates your costs and puts a strain on your bottom line.
Do your workers feel they are safe on the job? Do they work without fear of getting hurt and the impact it would have on their family? Do they trust their employer to do everything possible to train and protect them so they can go home safely at the end of the day?
About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
As the leading supplier of safety training, programs, technology and Personal Protective Equipment, Arbill Safety Experts are often asked about fatal injuries in the workplace. Maybe it is a morbid curiosity or perhaps people just want to be reminded that the absolute worst can and does happen on the job.
Of course, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports on injuries, fatalities, illnesses and more throughout the year, so this information is available and should be shared.
Whatever the cause, and however it manifests, workplace stress continues to be a problem for employers and employees alike. Workplace stress costs U.S. businesses roughly $300 billion per year as a result of absenteeism, reduced productivity levels and employee turnover. It can also lead to an increase in accidents if not monitored properly. As managers and supervisors you need to look out for workers exhibiting signs of stress, but since no two employees will exhibit identical signs and symptoms, your job isn't an easy one.
With new regulations coming from OSHA and the first increase in workplace fatalities since 2010, it is imperative that organizations take the proper steps to keep their employees safe. Safety Managers face increased pressure to maintain compliance, reduce incident rates and ensure employee safety.