As summer heats up, it is important to remember the dangers associated with rising temperatures.
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.
I had a wonderful opportunity to attend and moderate a session at an event sponsored by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) held on May 9, 2014 at The Union League, in Philadelphia, PA.
Every year, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reports on the Top 10
Most Frequently Cited Violations. Though OSHA last reported on this in September, this information is well worth sharing.
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.
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.
As we begin 2014, we continue our focus on safety in the workplace and making the work year even more safe than 2013.
As a privately-held and award-winning safety products and services provider, it’s important that we don’t just talk the talk when it comes to keeping employees safe. We need to walk the walk by ensuring that not only the employees of those we serve make it home safe every day, but that our own Arbill employees are safe in the workplace.