Fall Protection is Most Frequent Violation

For the 6th year in a row, fall protection is the most frequently cited on OSHA’s list of ten most frequent violations. The full list for fiscal year 2016 is:

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine Guarding
  9. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

The annual top 10 list was unveiled at the National Safety Congress & Expo last month.

MSHA: ‘New Lows’ in Mine Safety Death in FY 2016

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) bi-annual Data at a Glance report, 25 miners died on the job in fiscal year 2016, and calendar year 2015 was the safest in U.S. mining history.

The figure represents an all-time low in the number of deaths.

The Data at a Glance report summarizes MSHA data, including annual fatality and injury statistics, most frequently cited standards, number of citations and orders issues, total dollar amount of penalties assessed, etc.

View the stats.

Teaching Safety to People With Disabilities

How do you train employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) on safety?

To do just that, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Berkeley School of Public Health, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California, devised an updated curriculum designed specifically for workers with IDD.

The Staying Safe at Work Curriculum is comprised of six lessons that aims to impart “foundational job safety” and to develop eight “general and transferable” basic safety competencies.

The curriculum helps participants recognize common hazards across a variety of industries and facilities, safety practices, emergency response, rights and responsibilities, and the need to speak up about workplace issues.

The development of the Staying Safe at Work Curriculum attempts to bridge a gap: the fact that workers with IDD lack adequate, appropriate training, especially when they face the same risks as colleagues without IDDs, and when they are more vulnerable to such dangers.

For more information, read the NIOSH press release.

Download the public domain PDF of the curriculum, which includes course guides, and teaching instructions.

BLS Releases Employer-Reported Safety Data for 2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published new data on employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry for 2015.

According to the statistics submitted by private industry employers, there were about 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses last year, about 48,000 fewer than in 2014.

Four of five categories — TRC, DART, DAFW, DJTR, and ORC — all registered declines of varying degrees.

Other highlights of the report:

  • Mining, quarrying, oil and gas, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, healthcare and social assistance, and accommodation and food services reported decreases in injury and illness rates in 2015.
  • Injury rates were highest among mid-size industries (50 to 249 workers) and lowest among smallest businesses (11 or less).

The report also includes data on injuries, illnesses, and public sector statistics.

Download a PDF of the whole report.

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