“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury and may never recover.” -- Secretary of Labor, Hila Solis, Workers Memorial Day speech, April 26, 2012
To prevent injuries that occur in the workplace, you first need to know how they happen. Only then can you take preventative measures that both comply with governmental safety regulations and are practical to your given work environment.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) an estimated 5 million workers are required to use respiratory protection in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators are intended to protect workers against insufficient oxygen.
Back in August of 2012, in the hope to capture the excitement of building resurgence, With permission granted and appointments made, Builder magazine sent photographers to various building sites across the U.S. They were thrilled when the photos started coming in as they showed the buzz of new business amidst a gloomy economy.
Last week The National Safety Council announced the 2013 CEOs Who “Get It,” its annual recognition of business leaders who demonstrate world-class safety. Each of these leaders understands that safety is not only the right thing to do, but that creating a culture of safety also is a business imperative.
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.
Employers are not required to purchase shoes that are considered acceptable for personal use. However, if specific shoes are required that cannot be reasonably worn in everyday-life, it is the employer’s responsibility to purchase them.
With the help of OSHA, the National Safety Council and Arbill, your workplace injury rates have been steadily decreasing. Does your responsibility end there?
The Holiday Season can be a fun time for employees in the work place. Decorating the office with trees, lights, candles and enjoying holiday parties and special activities are ways that employees can enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. Fun is good but keeping your employees safe is of utmost priority.