OSHA previously identified the four most dangerous job site hazards for construction workers and they are falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught in/between hazards. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for 58% of all fatalities on construction sites in 2014.
The National Sleep Foundation has designated this week National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and has provided some great resources on their website. These resources are designed to raise awareness and provide tips that you and your employees can use to stay safe while on the road.
Some of the statistics and research that was gathered includes:
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.
According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling, nonfatal workplace injuries amounted to nearly $62 billion in direct U.S. workers compensation costs, with the top 10 causes equaling $51.06 billion or 82.5 percent of the total cost burden. This translates into more than $1 billion per week spent by businesses on these injuries.
The top five injury causes – overexertion, falls on same level, falls to lower level, struck by object or equipment and other exertions or bodily reactions accounted for 64.8 percent of the total cost burden. The remaining five injury causes combined accounted for 17.7 percent of the total direct cost.
Here is a Breakdown of the Top 10 Causes and Costs of Workplace Injuries:
All companies, regardless of their industry, share one thing in common; their most valuable asset is their employees. But how do you make sure you are doing all you can to protect your most valuable asset?
Machinery in the workplace can be of great benefit if used correctly and safely. Heavy machinery completes many tasks in a timely manner, but these machines are also capable of causing great harm if you don’t know how to use them properly. Misusing heavy machinery leads to a variety of serious workplace injuries and fatalities.
Take a look at the man using the power saw below.
Do you find anything wrong with this picture?
The man in this picture is in imminent danger. His thumb is exposed to the saw and the saw itself is not level. The guard on the front of the blade is meant to protect him, but he has put himself in danger of serious injury by leaving his thumb exposed. This mistake could be from a lack of training, a poorly designed machine guard or a serious lapse in judgment.
Below we have outlined five workplace safety tips you and your employees should keep in mind for ensuring machine safety in the workplace and preventing injuries.
There are a variety of ways to reduce injuries in your workplace. The two most effective include predictive software, like Arbill's Vantage Predictive Analytics, and common-sense preventative measures that both comply with governmental safety regulations and are practical to your given work environment.
Every year in the United States, workplace electrical incidents result in more than 300 deaths and 3,500 injuries. While electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries and fatalities, they are disproportionately fatal and costly with 1 in 13 electrical injuries resulting in death.
According to OSHA, electrical incidents cause an average of 13 days away from work and nearly one fatality every day. Electrical incidents rank 6th among all causes of work related deaths in the U.S. Over the past decade, 46,000 workers were injured from on the job electrical hazards and a worker is severely hurt every 30 minutes from electricity.
Electrocution is not the only injury employees can get from electrical hazards. Additional injuries include burns, hearing loss, lacerations and other health issues. An especially dangerous event is what’s called an Arc Flash. An arc flash is the light and heat produced by an electric arc supplied with sufficient electrical energy to cause substantial damage, harm, fire, or injury. Electrical arcs experience negative resistance, which causes the electrical resistance to decrease as the arc temperature increases.
Protecting employees from potential head injuries is a key element of any safety program. Head injuries can cause serious injuries or even death, with over 84,000 head injuries in 2014 alone. Wearing the proper head protection is an important step in preventing head injuries and can protect employees from impact and penetration hazards as well as electrical shock and burns.
Take a look at the photo of the two men working below.
As the leading provider of safety services, safety technology and safety products, Arbill is literally saving lives every day at industrial worksites throughout the United States. An award-winning supplier of all-things safety, for more than 70 years, Arbill's clients have counted on us to make sure their employees go home safely after every shift.