Each week I use this space to share thoughts on safety. Sometimes I focus on new regulations. Other times I’ll specifically write about protecting hands or feet or eyes… and the importance of protecting our workers.
Having reviewed the value of safety, safety culture, and the importance of having a passion for safety in recent blogs, I’d like to focus today on making your workplace safer… and offer specific recommendations to keep your workers safe.
Two weeks ago I used this space to focus on the Value of Safety and the importance of understanding it. Last week I wrote about the Culture of Safety and the significance of company leaders and workers embracing it. This week I want to focus on the passion to keep workers safe.
I would like to continue the series of workplace tragedies in the hope that it sheds light on
the importance of safety training and safety practices in the workplace.
Last week we offered our employees flu shots at our headquarters in Philadelphia. I’m happy to share that most of our employees took advantage of the preventative medicine.
There’s a lot of anxiety in the United States about the first confirmed case of Ebola – a severe,
often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates. However, the experts are saying that the chance of Ebola spreading in the United States is close to zero.
As many of you may have already suspected, scaffolding accidents are among the most common in the construction industry. Improper scaffolding practices are the #3 OSHA violation, with 5,423 citations given in 2013. Based on OSHA reports, 65 percent of workers in the construction industry, a whopping 2.3 million, operate on scaffolds frequently. Of these workers, 4,500 get injured every year and approximately 60 experience fatalities. The most shocking statistic of all though is this: 72 percent of these accidents occur as a result of deficient platforms and falling.