On average, a non-fatal injury crash at work that involves distraction costs an employer about $72K. The National Safety Council states that the leading cause of workplace death is motor vehicle crashes, and estimates one-quarter of those crashes involve cell phone use.
Massachusetts construction deaths in 2017 accounted for 21 of the 74 reported job-related fatalities – an 11-year high in deaths on the job. This resulted in a successful MassCOSH effort to protect workers. On March 1, 2018 a bill, (HB 3952), expanded OSHA protections to almost 430,000 public sector and municipal workers.
Employers and employees should be aware of the potential effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time change. Research has shown that the hour of lost sleep can be related to an increase in job-related injuries in the days following the time change.
On November 2, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers due to reports that they may not function properly in an emergency because of clogs or requiring excessive force to discharge.
NIOSH aims to develop new knowledge, evaluate potential benefits and risks of robots in the workplace, conduct workplace interventions to prevent robot-related worker injuries, and develop guidance for safe interactions between humans and robots.
Disaster cleanup work is extremely hazardous. According to a nationwide network of workplace health and safety groups, more recovery workers could die from the cleaning up after hurricanes Harvey and Irma than were killed by the storms.
After a catastrophic flood and during the cleanup, disaster recovery workers need to protect themselves from life-threatening infectious organisms and toxins that the contaminated floodwaters have left behind on everything.
Safety hazards are unsafe working conditions that that can cause injury, illness and death. Safety hazards most commonly include tasks related to working at heights, chemicals, housekeeping, electrical, forklifts, lockout/tagout and confined spaces.
In September, OSHA announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2017. Fall Protection remained #1.
Aside from the obvious benefit of keeping employees safe, healthy, and productive – along with meeting the OSHA workplace safety standards – health and safety training makes financial sense for employers.