Workplace fatalities may be up nationwide, but California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released preliminary statistics for the state that show a 16 percent decline in workplace deaths from 2013 to 2014. While DIR Director Christine Baker called the downward trend encouraging, she emphasized the need for employers to continue their commitment to workplace safety. […]
BLS and Green Jobs The BLS green jobs definition contains 2 components. Green jobs are either: Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources; or Jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. Green Goods […]
Some groups of workers are at higher risk of work-related death than others. Do you have any of these high-risk groups in your workplace? And if you do, what are the best strategies for keeping them safe?
Do you know what the leading causes of death are in American workplaces? Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tallies the statistics, releasing data from 1 to 2 years in arrears. Despite the delay in reporting, there is a certain consistency from one year to the next: Many of the same hazards remain […]
Failure to strongly encourage safe work habits can have costly consequences, whereas motivating employees to work safely has important benefits. 1. According to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2011 amounted to $55.4 billion in direct U.S. workers compensation costs. This translates into more than a […]
Computing accident incidence rates and severity can help analyze and correct conditions that cause accidents. A simple formula for calculating accident incidence (frequency) is to: Take the total number of recordable incidents for the year from your OSHA 300. Multiply that number by 200,000, which represents the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees, […]
Injury and illness prevention is always a big issue for safety professionals especially when incidents result in days away from work. Many companies are responding with injury and illness prevention plans. According to BLS, the total number of injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was in 2011(the most recent year […]