Safety Currents Express
May 15, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 10
The State of the Nation's Safety
Catching Up on Fall Prevention
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Beating the Heat
Get Safety Going
MSHA Issues First Quarter Fatality Rate
The State of the Nation’s Safety
AFL-CIO issues yearly report

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has released the 2012 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect. Now on its 21st year, this annual report provides a "national and state-by-state profile of worker safety in the United States."

Death on the Job presents numerous graphs and charts on recent safety figures, including:
  • Fatality rates (employment-based and hours-based)
  • Fatality rates according to industry, race and state
  • Days away from work
  • OSHA enforcement activities
Highlights of the report include:
  • In 2010, 4,690 fatalities and over 3.8 million injuries/illnesses were reported.
  • The annual injury rate is underreported. It could range from 7.6 million to 11.4 million.
  • Latinos faced the highest risk of job fatalities in 2010: 3.9 for every 100,000.
  • The cost of deaths and injuries runs between $250 billion and $300 billion annually.
  • West Virginia had the highest fatality rate in 2010 (13.1 for every 100,000), followed by Wyoming.
  • New Hampshire is the safest state to work in, with 0.9 deaths per 100,000 in 2010.
The report also notes the lack of OSHA inspectors and remarks that OSHA penalties aren't high enough to deter violators.

Read the Executive Summary or download the entire report.
Catching Up on Fall Prevention
Three organizations team up to prevent falls in construction

A nation-wide campaign was launched last month to help decrease the high number of fall-related injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.

In 2010, 255 workers were killed while over 10,000 in private construction were hurt because of falls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of those who died or suffered injuries were Latinos.

The campaign, which targets small residential construction, seeks to communicate three critical points:
  • The need to plan prior to every job
  • The need for the right fall-prevention equipment
  • The importance of employee training to use such gear.
The project is being spearheaded by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), formerly known as The Center to Protect Workers' Rights.

Visit the campaign website.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Help your employees stay safe on the road

Riding a motorcycle presents a completely different set of safety concerns than riding in an automobile. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.

As the weather begins to warm up and more motorcyclists hit the road, be sure to share some basic safety tips with your employees:
  • Never ride without a certified motorcycle helmet and eye protection
  • Attend a motorcycle rider-training course
  • Drive defensively and never ride in a car's blind spot
  • Don't impair your skills with drugs or alcohol
  • Avoid riding between lanes of slow moving or stopped traffic.
Give your employees a more in-depth look at these and other important riding habits with DuPont Sustainable Solutions' Motorcycle Safety Awareness! Available on DVD or as an interactive online training course. There's also a handbook available which makes a great take-away reference for employees.

Preview the DVD free online.
Preview the interactive online training course.
Beating the Heat
OSHA launches heat-prevention campaign

With summer fast approaching, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has embarked on a national outreach initiative to help employees avoid heat-related conditions such as heat stress.

Building on last year's successful "Water Rest and Shade" project, OSHA aims to educate workers on the risks of outdoor work in high temperatures. Thousands in the United States are afflicted with heat-related conditions each year. Heat exhaustion has claimed the lives of over 30 workers, on average, since 2003.

Workers must "take proactive steps to stay safe in extreme heat," advises Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. They must know, he adds, the signs of heat exhaustion so they can prevent it from getting worse. He stressed the need to drink lots of water and to take frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas.

Read the press release.

Get Safety Going
The Human Side of Safety

Once STOP™ For Each Other participants learn how important it is to observe for safe and unsafe conditions and how to address them, they move to a new level in safety awareness as they consider the causes of safe and unsafe conditions – and the most effective methods for addressing them.

Identifying safe and unsafe conditions is the first step in seeing safety. But conditions are just part of the story. There's an even more important side to safety – the human side. In fact people, not conditions, are the most critical part of safety.

The actions of people are the most important part of seeing safety. Why? Because it's the safe and unsafe acts of people that lead to safe and unsafe conditions. Safe actions are actions that lead to safe conditions. Unsafe acts lead to unsafe conditions.

Think about these safe and unsafe conditions. Which ones were created by the actions of people?
  • A floor tile that has been loose for a week
  • A barricaded work area
  • A posted sign requiring goggles
  • A coffee spill left on the floor
All these conditions were created by the actions of people. A person barricaded the work area. Another person posted the sign requiring goggles. These safe acts created safe conditions. In the same way, unsafe actions of people resulted in the unsafe conditions. Someone spilled coffee on the floor and did not stop to clean it up. People passing by did not report or repair the loose floor tile. The actions of people create safe and unsafe conditions. That is why we need to focus our attention on what people do.

The STOP™ Safety Observation Card has one side dedicated to Actions of People for this reason.

Taken from Unit 3 of STOP™ For Each Other.

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MSHA Issues First Quarter Fatality Rate
Summary of incidents and list of recommendations

Ten miners died on the job during the first three months of 2012, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Six of the deaths occurred in coal mines and in these categories:
  • Exploding vessels under pressure
  • Drowning
  • Handling materials
  • Rib fall
  • Machinery
  • Electrical
Five of these deaths took place on five subsequent weekends, and three were supervisors. Meanwhile, in the metal/nonmetal industry, four deaths occurred and they involved powered haulage, fall from an elevated walkway, and two cases of fall of material.

The MSHA report offers a few details for each fatality and provides corresponding safety recommendations.

Read the summaries for coal mining and metal/nonmetal.

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