Injuries and Illness
Modern safety management goes beyond covering traditional workplace accidents to now being equally concerned with illnesses caused on and even off the job. This section will explain what you need to know to avoid both injuries and illnesses, and to track your progress in reaching this goal.
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In construction, unguarded openings and edges are common. Regardless of whether the hazard exists on the roof of a completed home, at the edge of an open excavation, or along the leading edge of the upper floor of an office building under construction, construction employers have an arsenal of tools available to identify and protect workers from the hazards of unguarded edges and openings. Unguarded edges and openings are less common in general industry—but are just as dangerous and just as deadly.
In 2014, falls were the third leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, causing nearly 32,000 deaths, according to the National Safety Council’s 2016 Injury Facts®. In general industry, slips, trips, and falls cause the majority of injuries and 15% of accidental deaths, and in the construction industry they are the leading cause of accidental death.
Although workplace deaths are often called accidents, they “are rarely ‘accidental,’ as in a matter of chance or bad luck,” according to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels in a recent opinion piece. Michaels says the issue can usually be traced back to decisions by employers and managers? Agree? Disagree? Keep reading to find out why Michaels turns to a recent motion picture to make his point.
If you’ve been working to improve your safety and health management system, pat yourself on the back. Nationally, job injury rates are down. Keep reading for details on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and find out which industry was the only one to see an increase in injuries.