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.
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.
Everyone knows staying hydrated is important. But not everyone really understands what’s in store for them if they let dehydration take over. In this article, we’ll clear thing up by going over what dehydration does to your body. And we’ll end with some practical tips for staying hydrated throughout the workday. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that effects of dehydration are a lot worse than just feeling a bit parched.
What do safety rules, work practices, and Pavlov’s dog have to do with you?
In the early 1900’s, Russian researcher Pavlov found that if you ring a bell then feed a dog, soon all you will have to do is ring the bell and the dog will start salivating. (Remember the movie Turner and Hooch?) Pavlov referred to this as a “conditioned response”.
Supervisors are usually in the best position to observe employee behavior, and should be trained to recognize indicators of stress. Stress doesn’t always predict violence, but by observing patterns, frequency and intensity of behaviors, as well as the number of different behaviors, supervisors may be able to identify when trouble could be on the horizon.
Considering that 80% of common infections – including the flu – can be spread through contaminated hands, there’s never a more important time to remind yourself, coworkers, family and friends the importance of hand hygiene.