July 16, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 14
Using Workers Comp to Enhance Occupational Safety
Slow Down in Work Zones
Get Safety Going
Non-Government Emergency Workers to Get Benefits
Test Your Forklift Knowledge
17 Things OSHA Must Address
Using Workers Comp to Enhance Occupational Safety
Research looks at new possibilities.

Researchers on occupational safety and health met last month to identify how workers compensation can be used to help keep workers safer on the job.

At present, workers compensation data is geared mainly for claims payment, cost management, and "targeting interventions." During the two-day workshop, however, the researchers began studying how this info can help:
  • Identify worker injury and illness risks
  • Evaluate medical treatments and disabilities
  • Develop priorities
  • Focus resources
  • Evaluate program effectiveness.
The workshop featured various white papers from safety professionals, which are set for future publication.

The event was co-sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

View the agenda.
Slow Down in Work Zones
Saving lives on the road.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) asked motorists to drive carefully in and around highway work zones, especially this summer when construction activity is at its highest.

In 2010, about 600 people died and over 35,000 were injured in work zone accidents. Ninety percent of whom were drivers and passengers.

To help keep drivers safe, the ARTBA advises to:
  • Be mindful of signs and flaggers
  • Don't accelerate in and around work zones
  • Avoid tailgating, which commonly results in rear-end crashes in a work zone
  • Stay alert and avoid distracted driving.
Read the ARTBA press release to learn more about work zone safety.

Get Safety Going
Workshop for line supervisors.

Attend a two-day safety workshop – Managing Safety: Techniques That Work for Line Supervisors – at the Denver Marriott City Center on August 15th and 16th.

Reserve your seat at this in-depth workshop, which is designed to help line supervisors improve safety management skills and encourage employee participation in safety.

Learning Objectives:
  • Improve safety by gaining the cooperation and active participation of employees
  • Identify the underlying causes of safety incidents
  • Recognize and correct unsafe situations and behavior through observations
  • Conduct effective incident investigations and prevent recurrence of incidents
  • Lead safety meetings that encourage employee involvement and responsibility.
Who should attend?
This workshop is aimed at new or experienced first- and second-line supervisors, including production, power, warehouse and maintenance supervisors.

About the facilitators:
  • Chris Mason – Chris brings over 35 years of experience in successfully leading various organizations within the DuPont Company, including management assignments for DuPont's White Pigments & Mineral Products and Crop Protection Chemicals businesses. He joined DuPont Safety Resources in 2002, where his safety consulting experience includes clients engaged in electrical power generation, mining operations, heavy equipment manufacturing, transportation services, federal agency operations and various manufacturing businesses.
  • Ken Flaherty – Ken has over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of industries, including chemical manufacturing, wastewater treatment, automotive, fluid/gas transfer, food production, and pulp and paper. He has front-line experience in safety and environmental management within high-risk operations.
Location:
The Managing Safety: Techniques That Work for Line Supervisors workshop will be held at the Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver, CO, 80202 on August 15th and 16th.

Cost:
$1200 per seat, which includes all workshop materials and breakfast and lunch each day.

Managing Safety: Techniques That Work for Line Supervisors is based on the belief that safety is a line responsibility. Line supervisors and managers are responsible for the safety of their areas, just as they are responsible for production and quality. This workshop provides the tools and skills to help line supervisors manage safety more effectively.

View the full agenda.

Join us on August 15th and 16th for this enlightening workshop. There are only 25 seats, so register now!


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Non-Government Emergency Workers to Get Benefits
Danny Mac bill passes Congress.

The Daniel McIntosh Public Safety Officers Benefits bill (H.R. 4018) passed the House of Representatives late last month. The bill essentially offers benefits to the "families of emergency service personnel who die in the line of duty in service to a non-profit organization."

The "Danny Mac" Bill revises existing federal law, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Programs, which applies only to government-employed emergency response workers.

H.R. 4018 is named after Daniel McIntosh, a paramedic who died of a heart attack while at work. Because he was a non-profit emergency employee, his family never received death benefits.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to address this limitation.

Read the congressman's press release.
Read the full text of H.R. 4018.

Test Your Forklift Knowledge
Share this quiz with your employees.

Using a forklift safely not only requires lifting, lowering and traveling safely, but also inspecting your forklift before every shift and knowing the correct procedures for refueling and recharging.

Share this quiz with your employees to test their know-how on forklift inspections, battery recharging and refueling.

1) Forklift inspections should be performed:
  1. Bi-monthly
  2. At the end of each day
  3. Randomly
  4. Every day before you operate
2) One of the items you should check before you turn the engine on is:
  1. Brakes
  2. Horn
  3. Fluid levels
  4. Lights
3) Which of the following DOES NOT need to be inspected on an electric forklift?
  1. Propane tank
  2. Battery cables and connectors
  3. Hood latch
  4. Electrolyte levels
4) Before you begin refueling a forklift you should remember to:
  1. Park near a furnace
  2. Keep the engine running
  3. Lower the forks to the ground
  4. Put the forklift in reverse
5) A general guideline to follow with refueling is to:
  1. Refuel at the beginning of your shift
  2. Fill the tank at the end of each day
  3. Fill the tank up only half way to avoid over filling
  4. Let the tank run on empty before refuelling
View the answer key.

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17 Things OSHA Must Address
AIHA publishes white paper on the agency.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) published a white paper that outlines 17 position statements regarding OSHA's role, its responsibilities, and the challenges it faces.

Perspective on the Role of OSHA in Advancing Occupational Safety and Health for the Nation says that OSHA must:
  • Have primary authority in regulating safety issues
  • Reform the standard-setting process
  • Modify penalties
  • Increase coverage to all workers
  • Use performance-based approaches
  • Allow employers to seek third-party assistance.
The white paper dovetails with the Department of Labor's 2016 Strategic Plan.

For more information, read the entire white paper.
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