The National Safety Council recognizes April as driving awareness month to draw attention to distracted driving. According to the NSC, thousands of people die every year from distracted driving – whether making phone calls, texting, drowsy driving, or eating a sandwich, distracted driving comes in various forms…but are all equally as fatal. Taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel, even for just a couple of seconds, puts yourself and others in a dangerous situation.
Whether you are prepared or not, emergencies happen. According to dictionary.com, the very definition of the word is “a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action,” The keyword here is unexpected. When an emergency hits, people in your facility are in danger. Lives are at stake.
Long working hours, night shifts, time-consuming commutes, zero breaks, sleep disorders – all these factors reduce a person’s ability to perform his/her job safely and effectively. And with the always-on pressure posed by our high-performing culture, it’s no wonder errors, accidents and injuries are prone to happen.
ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 is a standard that consists of design, testing, performance and labeling requirements for tool tethering systems and containers used to transport and secure tools and objects at heights. The four categories of equipment covered in this standard are: Anchor Attachments, Tool Attachments, Tool Tethers and Containers.
Safety habits can be either good or bad. You may have heard it said before about an individual, “They have poor safety habits,” or “They have good safety habits.” When supervisors, team leads, or co-workers don’t say something to someone who is performing an unsafe act, the action goes unchecked. The offender, either consciously or unconsciously, considers the action as acceptable behavior and will repeat and habitualize the action.
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.
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.
Management commitment and involvement strongly influence employee interest and culture in the safety process. Without strong evidence that managers value safety and health, you’ll have a hard time getting employees to be involved in the process.
Let’s look at three safety cultures: ZILCH, NO TOLERANCE and ZERO INJURY.