Bringing to a close a long, controversial safety stand-off in the construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a final rule on respirable silica dust.
Head injuries account for thousands of on-the-job injuries and many preventable fatalities each year. Struck-by hazards are also one of the leading types of occupational injuries in the construction industry.
In recent years, ladder-related injuries have been on the rise. It is estimated that more than 90,000 people are hospitalized annually as a result. Additionally, roughly 700 occupational deaths are attributed each year to elevated falls.
Liberty Mutual released its 2016 Workplace Safety Index last month, summarizing the top 10 causes of disabling workplace injuries, using data from Liberty Mutual, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
The likelihood of getting inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is pretty low. In fact, each year, state and federal agencies conduct roughly only 100,000 job site inspections.
Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has once again set some aggressive policy goals for the year to come. However, much like the recent past, the intentions are likely to fall short.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has had general industry and shipyard standards regulating work in confined spaces for years. Those regulations require employers to determine which safety measures and procedures must be established for work to occur.
According to the latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the electrical industry has suffered an increase in fatally injured workers. In 2014, electrician deaths rose by 14 to 78 compared with the 2013 study.
“Don’t touch that dial” is an old phrase from the 1960s television era that an announcer would say just before “Batman” or another program cut to a commercial. They would pronounce it so authoritatively that you wouldn’t dare change the channel.
With winter rapidly approaching, it is important to protect workers from the coming cold temperatures and potential extreme weather. Prolonged exposure to these conditions can result in serious health problems, including trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.
In all likelihood, you will never be involved in a scenario involving an intruder or active shooter in the workplace. But in the event you find yourself in this situation, this article provides basic background and awareness information on how to respond.
There are many frequently asked questions about performing an arc-flash study (risk assessment) and understanding electrical safety requirements. A careful read of standards such as NPFA 70E or IEEE 1584 can answer some questions. Yet, other questions can be more complex.
Contact with electrical current is one of the leading causes of occupational injuries and fatalities. Due to the nature of their jobs, wire and line workers carry an exponential risk for being involved in these types of incidents.
In the electrical industry, a new method of protecting workers from arc energy is gaining popularity: prevention through design. Simply speaking, the design and installation of equipment or systems incorporates inherent safety features that protect workers from serious arc-flash injuries or death.
The dog days of summer are upon us. It is vacation season, and employees are likely to spend more time outdoors on home-improvement projects and other leisure activities. With so much emphasis on job safety, it’s easy to forget that most injuries and illnesses actually happen away from work.