October 1, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 19
Preliminary Data on 2011 Workplace Injuries
GHSA Updates Policy on Distracted Driving
Get Safety Going™
USFA Releases Home Heating Fire Report, Issues Safety Tips
Save $100 on Any Fire Safety Training DVD
New York City DOT Launches Driver and Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Preliminary Data on 2011 Workplace Injuries
BLS releases National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports 4,609 deaths in US workplaces in 2011, according to preliminary figures from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). The 2011 figure represents 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.

The number is slightly lower than 2010 statistics: 4,690 total deaths and 3.6 fatalities for every 100,000 workers.

A press release announcing the CFOI summarizes other provisional statistics:
  • Deaths in the private construction industry decreased from 774 in 2010 to 721 in 2011. Since 2006, deaths have gone down 42%.
  • 780 deaths in 2011 resulted from "violence and other injuries by persons or animals." This includes 458 homicides and 242 suicides.
  • Private mining deaths went down 10% in 2011. Fatalities in coal mining decreased to 17 in 2011 from 43 the previous year.
  • Deaths in private trucking shot up 14% in 2011, while fatalities rose among "non-Hispanic black or African-American workers and among Hispanic or Latino workers" in 2011.
For a more detailed look at these and other statistics, visit the BLS press release.
GHSA Updates Policy on Distracted Driving
Calls for blanket ban on cell phone use

Last month, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) revised its policy position for distracted driving, according to a GHSA press release. It now supports laws that prohibit handheld cellphone use.

This departs from previous policy, which only banned texting for all drivers and the use of electronic devices for novice and school bus drivers.

The GHSA made the update in light of DOT projects that show the enforceability and effectiveness of a handheld ban, which can help minimize cell phone use behind the wheel. The GHSA says that under a texting ban, violators can always claim to be dialing, not texting, and thus avoid penalities and tickets. But by prohibiting phone use altogether, the GHSA removes such excuse.

The GHSA "provides leadership and advocacy for the States and Territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices." It meets once a year to discuss these matters and draft policies.

For more information, read the GHSA press release and its updated policies.
Get Safety Going™
Safety talk

Talking with employees about their own safety is the best way to motivate them and increase their safety awareness. Giving them an opportunity to consider and discuss the hazards of their jobs promotes the idea that when it comes to safety, every member of your organization is part of the team. Talking with employees who are working safely is an important part of STOP™ safety observations because it gives you the opportunity to:
  • Praise safe behavior. Remember, when people receive praise for their behavior, they are more likely to repeat that behavior.
  • Encourage them to continue their safe work practices.
  • Understand how they think and why they made the decision to work safely.
  • Assess how clearly they understand their roles and responsibilities.
  • Determine the factors that affect their thinking.
  • Develop the habit of discussing employees' jobs in a positive way. This makes it easier to talk with employees when they're doing something unsafe.
  • Learn more about the safety aspects of the various jobs in your area.
Taken from STOP™ for Supervision Appendix A.

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USFA Releases Home Heating Fire Report, Issues Safety Tips
Just in time for the cool, fall season

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has issued a special report on home heating fires, according to a USFA press release. Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) reveals that:
  • From 2008-2010, about 50,000 heating fires in residential buildings were reported each year.
  • On average, about 150 people were killed, 575 injuries were recorded, and $326 million in property were lost every year because of these fires.
  • Thirty percent of these residential fires occurred between 5 pm and 9 pm, peaking between 6 pm and 8 pm.
  • Confined fires – those restricted to chimneys, flues, or fuel burners – caused 87% of all residential building heating fires.
The USFA press release also said that 30% of nonconfined residential building heating fires happened because the heat source was too close to combustibles. To help prevent such fires, the USFA advises homeowners to:
  • "Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional."
  • "Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory."
For more information, read the USFA press release. Download the actual report.
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Around 1.3 million fires, 3,000 deaths, 17,700 injuries, and $11.6 billion in losses were reported in 2010, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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  • The four elements needed to start a fire
  • Five types of fires
  • Symbols for Class A, B, C, D and K fires
  • Types, distribution and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers
  • The RACE method and PASS principle
  • Steps to take after using a fire extinguisher.
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New York City DOT Launches Driver and Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Can serve as a model for other cities

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) launched a safety initiative that stresses the need to "pay attention when driving and crossing the street," according to the agency's press release. The LOOK! campaign was first introduced in 2006, and this year's edition uses pavement markings and print ads that:
  • Alert pedestrians to oncoming traffic
  • Remind motorists to "Drive smart/LOOK!"
The pavement markings are found at 110 intersections in the city while the ads targeting drivers are posted on several buses' back panels. Both messages feature safety statistics and cite the safety benefits of looking before turning. The street markings use eyes within the two letter Os in LOOK and go together with ads in the vicinity, urging pedestrians to "look before crossing the street."

The LOOK! campaign was launched to help prevent traffic fatalities. Just under 60% of such deaths were pedestrians, and many of them occurred at a green light. In total, more than 9,000 people were hurt and 41 died in New York City in 2010 because of crashes related to driver distraction.

To get more information and see samples of the ads, read the press release.
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