At the time that I am publishing this blog about the importance of communications in the workplace, Arbill employees are meeting at our headquarters in Philadelphia, PA at our winter Town Hall sessions. Today (February 16, 2016) and this week, Arbill will present information to educate and inspire our family of employees. We’ll learn from internal and external experts, and we’ll share information that will ultimately help us work more in sync and better serve every customer.
I was at an airport recently and watched a worker take a nasty spill on a floor that apparently was wet. It was painful to watch as the worker fell backwards and hit her head pretty hard.
Continuing our series of tragedies that could have been prevented, I call attention to an event that happened not too far from our Philadelphia headquarters.
We know that electricity is essential to our way of life. At work, some employees -- engineers, electricians, electronic technicians, and power line workers work directly with electricity. Others work with it indirectly. Perhaps because it has become such a familiar part of our daily life, we don't give much thought to how much our work depends on a reliable source of electricity. More importantly, we tend to overlook the hazards electricity poses and fail to treat it with the respect it deserves.
Each year thousands of employees are blinded from work related eye injuries. These injuries add up to $300 million in worker compensation, medical expenses, and lost time in production. To prevent eye injuries for your workers, eye protection must be available. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific standards dealing with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Workers must be provided eye protection when hazards such as chemical, optical radiation, impact, heat, and dust are present.
Each week I try to touch on a safety topic that provides information of value. This week, I’d like to focus on something that has inspired me personally and our team at Arbill.
As many of you may have already suspected, scaffolding accidents are among the most common in the construction industry. Improper scaffolding practices are the #3 OSHA violation, with 5,423 citations given in 2013. 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.
In an effort to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals, The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has made revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).