According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.9 million recordable non-fatal injuries and illnesses in Private sector industry in the USA in 2016. In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. According to The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), it has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.
In the workplace, pedestrians can be employees, members of the public, contractors, or workers visiting from other offices. Pedestrian accidents involving vehicles are one of the main causes of workplace fatalities - in fact, 36% of forklift accident victims are pedestrians. But vehicles aren’t the only potential hazard for employees.
Pedestrians can also be exposed to potential harm in their workplaces from falling objects or slips, trips, and falls. Visitors to your office (e.g. delivery drivers) are especially at risk as they are unfamiliar with your workplace operations.
Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month and focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
Understanding workplace safety and accident prevention really all comes down to context. Even though it might be somewhat easy to blame human error for the root cause of most workplace accidents, that’s really just the beginning. With further investigation, you’re likely to uncover many factors that contribute workplace accidents.
The human factor, while not the cause of workplace accidents, is the key to finding out how workers’ actions are influenced by other aspects of the workplace. When you evaluate interactions between all the elements of the workplace -- people, workplaces and management systems -- it makes understanding the worker’s decision at the time of the accident more clear.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 "to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance." For OSHA to succeed in this mission, companies must be in compliance with its safety standards.
Failing to be in compliance and violating these standards can be very costly to the lives of your employees and the livelihood of your business. This past August, the cost for workplace safety violations increased by 78%, which marks the first time the rate has increased since 1990. The current maximum penalty of $7,000 for serious, other-than-serious and posting requirements increased to $12,471 per violation and repeated violations increased from $70,000 to $124,709 per violation.
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.
As the person in charge of workplace safety in your facility, you may be dealing with the proposed costs of implementing certain safety efforts, such as training and audits, and the impact on your allotted budget.
Collectively, the price of inaction where workplace safety is concerned has the potential to reach into billions … on a weekly basis.
The cost of workplace accidents, injuries, illness and even death is far, far more expensive in lives and workers’ compensation costs than conducting proper safety training and audits.
Below are workplace safety measures you can implement today that are both easy and cost-effective.
OSHA requires employers to provide employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. This is the crux of workplace safety and Arbill’s initiative to get every worker home safely after every shift.
Workplace injuries and illnesses are largely preventable, but workplace safety initiatives require both vigilance in safety training and inspections, along with strict adherence to all rules and regulations to be effective.
Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, Arbill's resolution is to make this year, your safest year ever. With top of the line PPE, EH&S expertise, safety services and innovative safety technology, Arbill has the tools to aide you in your pursuit of zero injuries.
We have outlined ten workplace safety tips to help you build a comprehensive safety program and ensure your workers get home safely after every shift, in 2017.
Protecting your employees can be a challenging proposition. The modern workplace can be a loud and dangerous place that exposes your workers to hazards that are unique to your workplace. For this reason it's critically important that managers and employees alike understand what they can do to ensure each employee goes home safely after every shift.