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TOPIC: Keep-your-employees-safe

OSHA’s Proposal to Improve Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

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If You Had a Heart Attack at Work, Could Your Coworkers Save You?

It’s the middle of an average work day. You’re at your desk, stressed and upset about something. And then the unthinkable…You feel a deep chest pain that buckles your knees. The elephant in the room is now on your chest. You need immediate help. But knowing your coworkers as you do, could any of them save you?

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Why Work Related Injuries Need To Be Reported...

So what would keep your average construction worker from reporting an injury that he suffered on the job? More specifically, what would keep more than a quarter of construction workers reporting their injuries?

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Reconsidered Safety Posts: Eye Injuries

Welcome to this week's final installment of the Arbill blog series Reconsidered Safety Posts. Over this past week, we've looked back at a series of posts on categories of common workplace accidents: Slips, Trips And Falls and Hands And Gloves.

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Wouldn't you want the best?

OSHA requires employers to provide hand protection when employee’s hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes. Work gloves not only protect workers against injuries, they also protect consumers in environments where employees handle food. So how are you supposed to provide the correct glove for each situation or application?

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Is your first aid kit compliant?


First aid provides the initial and immediate attention to a person suffering an injury or illness and in extreme cases a quick first aid response could mean the difference between life and death.  In some cases, first aid can reduce the severity of the injury or illness and can also calm the injured person, reducing stress and anxiety.

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Can you afford an electrical injury?

Electrical shock is the 2nd leading cause for lost work time (Burns #1)

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How to calculate the true cost of an injury

In a recent post we talked about the high costs of workplace injuries for the employer. In fact, we quoted a study that found that workplace injuries and illnesses cost the nation $250 billion every year.  How are these costs calculated and how do they affect you the employer? 

Direct Costs

  • Medical Cost
    • Doctor’s visits, treatments, surgery, etc.
  • Indemnity Cost
    • 2/3 wages up to a set amount weekly
  • Medical
    • 100% of the medical – doctor, office visit/hospital, X-ray/MRI, prescription drugs, physical therapy, home nurse, etc.
  • Indemnity
    • Percentage of weekly wage (varies by state)
    • Permanent and partial disability
    • Death benefits
  • Expenses
    • Legal
    • Claim processing/handling charges

Indirect Costs

  • Pain and suffering of employee         
  •  Loss of production                                          
  • Customer “quality” issues & loss of business   
  •  Overtime costs
  • Equipment or product damage
  •  Recruiting and retraining
  • Time
  •  Damage to equipment
  • Interruptions in productivity
  •  Injured employee
  • Employee morale
  •  Customer service
   
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What Do These Pictures Have In Common?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are around 250,000 serious hand, finger, and wrist injuries in private industry per year including approximately 8,000 amputations.

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Is New Employee Safety Training Necessary?

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 40% of workers injured have been on the job less than one year.  Why are new workers more likely to be hurt?  The main reason given is a lack of safety information from the employer.  In a BLS study of workers injured while operating power saws, nearly one in five said that no safety training on the equipment had been provided.

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