February 1, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 3
Falling Down, Paying High: The Cost of Falls in Construction
Help Your Safety Meetings Take Off
CSB: Add 'Unclassified Hazards' to GHS Final Rule
OSHA Issues White Paper to Defend I2P2
Get Safety Going
CDC: 'Binge Drinking Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought'
Falling Down, Paying High: The Cost of Falls
in Construction

OSHA releases Powerpoint™ presentation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a report estimating the heavy financial costs of falls in construction.

Analyzing workers' compensation data from 36 states from 2005-2007, OSHA found the following:

Type of Fall
Approximate Average Cost Per Fall (2005-2007)
From elevations by roofers
$106,000 ($36,000 for indemnity, $70,000 for medical care)
From elevations by carpenters
From ladders or scaffolds by roofers
$68,000 ($25,000 for indemnity, $43,000 for medical care)
From ladders or scaffolds
by carpenters
From elevations by other
occupational classifications

Other relevant data from 2005-2007 includes:

Type of Fall
Number of Injuries
Average, Approximate Annual Cost (2005-2007)
Fall or slip injuries from elevations
by roofers
$54 million
Fall or slip injuries from ladders or scaffolds by roofers
$19 million
Fall or slip injuries from elevations by carpenters
$93 million
Fall or slip injuries from ladders or scaffolds by carpenters
$64 million

The OSHA study relied on data from the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc., (NCCI) which handles the claims of employers in 36 states.
The NCCI pays out about 33 percent of the annual total workers' compensation benefits in the United States.

Download the Powerpoint™ presentation.

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CSB: Add 'Unclassified Hazards' to GHS Final Rule
Chairperson writes to the Office of Management of Budget.

Chemical Safety Board (CSB) chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso wrote the Office of Management of Budget (OMB) to voice his support for a proposal to add an "unclassified hazards" category to a pending final rule that would align U.S. hazard communication standards with the United Nations (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

In a statement last month, Moure-Eraso said that the new category would help provide important information about hazards that might otherwise be excluded in safety data sheets. According to CSB studies, it could also help prevent common hazards like combustible dust explosions and flash fires by providing more adequate information about their hazards.

The chairperson also urged relevant parties to support the proposal.

Read chairperson Moure-Eraso's statement or his letter to the OMB.

Get more information on the UN system.

OSHA Issues White Paper to Defend I2P2
Agency argues for Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Amidst its plans to develop an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) standard, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a white paper that stresses the benefits of an I2P2.

An injury and illness prevention program is described as a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt. Crucial elements of an I2P2 include:
  • Management leadership
  • Worker participation
  • Hazard identification and assessment
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Education and training
  • Program evaluation and improvement
Thirty-four U.S. states currently require or encourage such programs. I2P2s are also implemented in other countries, including all 27 members of the European Union.

OSHA points out several studies that have proven the efficiency of I2P2s. One of OSHA's studies, involving eight U.S. states, revealed that the program reduced injuries and illnesses anywhere from nine percent to over 60 percent. The white paper also includes statistics, including figures on workers' compensation and the costs of occupational injuries.

Download the free white paper.

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CDC: 'Binge Drinking Bigger Problem Than
Previously Thought'

CDC releases new study.

On average, over 38 million American adults drink four times a month and consume up to eight drinks each time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Binge drinking is a safety and health hazard, contributing to vehicular accidents, disease, and even social problems. The definition of binge drinking for women, is four or more drinks on one occasion; for men, five or more.

Released in the CDC's Vital Signs report, the study also reveals that binge drinking:
  • Is more prevalent among households with $75,000+ incomes, while households with incomes less than $25,000 consume the highest number of drinks per sitting
  • Cost the economy over $223.5 billion in 2006
  • Is common in the Midwest, New England, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, and Alaska
The study also adds that overdrinking, including binge drinking, kills over 80,000 in the United States. Over half of the deaths involve young people. Binge drinking is the third main cause of preventable fatalities in the country.

Read the press release or the January 2012 Vital Signs issue.

For more information on binge drinking, visit the CDC page on alcohol.

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