Machinery in the workplace can be of great benefit if used correctly and safely. Heavy machinery easily 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.
This past December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2015. According to the report, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries in 2015, which is the highest since 2008 (5,214 fatal injuries). The overall rate of fatal work injuries was 3.38 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, which was lower than the 2014 rate of 3.43.
Of the 4,836 fatal injuries in 2015, over 50% happened in the Construction, Transportation, Agriculture Forestry, Fishing and Professional Services industries. The Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the highest fatal work injury rate, 22.8 per 100,000 full-time workers, and the Construction industry had the highest number of fatal work injuries, 937.
One week ago, workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project when a large piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, N.C., killing three men and sending another to a hospital.
For some people, be it at work or at home, safety is always on our mind. We are constantly
aware of our surroundings. We tend to be more cautious about the way we dress (always ready for inclement weather), the way we walk, the way we drive, the way we think. We are cautious and prepared. We consciously think about safety and we embrace being safe.
When it comes to workplace safety in your facility, the fact is danger always exists and no one is immune to accidents.
Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of workplace accidents and injuries. According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace.
Many companies are not sure if they should implement a drug testing policy. Do the benefits outweigh the possible trust issues that are inevitable when you launch a drug-testing program? Let’s explore the pros and cons of drug testing for a drug-free workplace.
Workplace safety cannot exist on best practice guidelines and policies alone. A safe working environment is based on how well the people, in both management and on the factory floor, adhere to -- and communicate about -- safety standards.
The foundation of any successful workplace safety effort is one that encourages employees to identify unsafe behaviors and opportunities for improvement while also making well-informed safety decisions during daily routine tasks.
As we mentioned in our last post “Safety Guidelines To Prevent Struck-By Hazards On Your Jobsite,” OSHA recently identified the four most dangerous jobsite hazards for construction workers. They’ve entitled them the Fatal Four -- falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught in/between hazards -- and they account for 57% of all fatalities on construction sites.