In the world of safety, information can be used to not only save money, but to save lives. We are living in a new era of safety, where safety data is being captured at an unprecedented rate, but how we organize, analyze, and use this data makes all the difference.
Workplace safety has historically been an overlooked aspect of a company’s business plan. In recent years however, organizations have begun to realize how important employee safety and loss control are to the bottom line.
But what is safety?
In 2016 alone, there were 255 fatalities and over 49,000 reported injuries from small parts, structural components and other items that are transferred and used at heights. The BLS has labeled falling objects at height as the third leading cause of injuries on the jobsite. Compared to 2015 deaths from falling objects, we went up over 3% and injuries over 6% leading to the conclusion that its time we take a closer look at this problem.
Reflective clothing and vests for workers along highways and on construction sites has been around for many years. The standards used to design the clothing and vests and the proper usage of this personal protective equipment (PPE) is continually improved.
Currently, under OSHA standard 1910.27 cages are required on ladders where the climbs are over 20 feet high. In OSHA’s new standard (OSHA standard 1910.28) taking effect 11/19/2018, a ladder will not be required to have fall protection until their height is over 24 feet (24’-0-1/4” requires fall protection).
National Work Zone Awareness Week each April brings to light the number of injuries and fatalities that take place in construction work zones. As much as work zones can be stressful for commuters in day to day operations, your hurriedness and misjudgments are not worth more than another person’s life. But if you look at all the data, the actual life in jeopardy is your own – as well as your passengers. It’s time to look at how you drive when approaching construction zones a little differently.