According to OSHA, the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, struck-by-object, electrocutions and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than 64% of the construction deaths in 2015.
When you hear the phrase, “disaster in the workplace,” you think of big explosions, massive fires and horrible accidents. These associations make sense as the effects of disasters, after all, are huge. However, the steps you can take to prevent these large-scale calamities are small, simple and unfortunately often forgotten or ignored.
According to OSHA, the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, electrocution, struck-by-object and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than 58% of the construction deaths in 2014.
During a recent customer visit, one of our skilled Arbill trainers encountered a number of potential hazards while touring a warehouse.
Have you ever seen the show What Would You Do? It’s a hidden camera series on ABC hosted by John Quinones that focuses on a situation and whether or not bystanders intervene, and how.
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. The OSHA standards for walking/working surfaces apply to all permanent places of employment, except where only domestic, mining, or agricultural work is performed.
Just over a month ago, a maintenance worker fell to his death from a cell tower in Texas. The next day, a cell phone tower collapsed in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Minutes later a second tower at the same site also fell. The collapse of these two towers resulted in the deaths of two workers and a firefighter responding to the scene, and sent two other employees to the hospital with serious injuries.
Twice a year, Arbill employees prepare for Town Hall – a week-long series of meetings and presentations that focus on new safety products and services, company initiatives, sales territory reviews, marketing updates, guest speakers, after-hours events and more.
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 to any accident in the workplace.