As we start a new year with fresh goals and initiatives created to drive our organizations forward, consider making this the year of keeping workers safe and elevating a culture of safety.
Respiratory illness can be serious. In some cases, it can be deadly. And, unfortunately, in the safety world, we see the reality of respiratory issues. Many workers are not properly protected and are at risk for respiratory illness, which can be devastating to them and their families. It can also be devastating for employers who don’t protect their workers properly.
As families come together this Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to share some reasons to be thankful and celebrate this American holiday. Before I do, however, I want to remind our readers to stay safe when celebrating this week.
Just yesterday, our employees lined up for flu shots at our headquarters in Philadelphia. Most of our employees took advantage of the preventative medicine that we provided for them through a health agency and administered by a registered nurse.
I’d like to focus on hand protection today. The number of reported hand injuries and amputated fingers vary depending on the source. Reason being that many injuries go unreported when left up to the employee or the employer to submit detailed reports.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently released a statement from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on fatal occupational injuries in 2014. The rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013.
I was speaking to a long-time client the other day who called to thank me for recommending First Aid training for her workers. She went on to explain that one of her older workers was experiencing mild chest pains, and his coworkers jumped into action. One called 911 while the other performed steps outlined in the training he had received.
One of the biggest dangers in the workplace can be operating heavy machinery – specifically forklifts.