September 4, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 17
Preliminary Safety Stats Released
Constructing a Culture of Silence on Safety
Slip into Safety with this Infographic
OSHA Issues Proposed Rule for Silica Exposure
Promoting Pedestrian Safety
Preliminary Safety Stats Released
There were 4,383 recorded fatal work injuries in the United States in 2012, down from the final count of 4,693 in 2011, according to preliminary data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The rate of fatal work injury was 3.2 for every 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. This is the second lowest preliminary count since the CFOI's introduction in 1992.

Here are some highlights of the 2012 preliminary CFOI :
  • Fatal work injuries in the private construction industry jumped by 5 percent, while fatal construction injuries overall have decreased 37 percent since 2006.
  • Of all fatally injured workers, 708 were contractors, most of whom worked in the transportation and construction industries.
  • Fatal work injuries of workers under age 16 nearly doubled, while those of all other age groups declined.
  • Violence was blamed for 17 percent of fatal work injuries.
  • Fatal work injuries in the private mining industry shot up in 2012.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its final report for 2012 in spring 2014.

For more information, download a PDF of the preliminary report.
Constructing a Culture of Silence on Safety
An exploratory paper published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics reveals that construction workers do not report work-related injuries because they see them as no big deal and part of the job.

The study, which involved focus-group discussions and mailed surveys, identified other reasons for workers' silence, as:
  • Fear of being thought of as “weak“ or “complainers“
  • Missing out on safety-related incentives
  • Fear of not getting hired if they report an injury
  • The amount of paper work to report an injury.
The study also recommends that construction companies create a culture of openness that will encourage reporting.

Download an overview and key findings of the study.
Slip into Safety with this Infographic
Research says that if ten workers happen to trip and fall on stairs, eight of them will suffer disabling injuries like brain damage, broken bones, paralysis, neck and back trauma.

Share this infographic on stairway safety to help keep your workers safe!

Learn how to include this infographic on your corporate intranet, employee eNewsletter or blog.

Watch a free full-length preview of the Slips, Trips and Falls: Split Second Safety training program.
OSHA Issues Proposed Rule for Silica Exposure
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be publishing a proposed rule that aims to manage exposure to crystalline silica, according to an agency press release.

Airborne silica dust is found in industries that involve cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete and other stone and sand products. A substance that can cause lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease, it claims hundreds of lives and afflicts thousands each year.

The proposed rule aims to update and standardize an existing 40-year old permissible exposure limit (PEL) for crystalline silica and help provide protection based on current research. OSHA expects that the rule, which would come in general and maritime versions, could save about 700 lives and prevent 1,600 new cases.

The proposal will be published in the Federal Register, upon which the public has 90 days to comment.

For more information, read the OSHA press release.
Promoting Pedestrian Safety
The Department of Transportation (DOT), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has launched a new website that educates the public on pedestrian safety.

'Everyone is a Pedestrian' offers the latest statistics that indicate the extent of the problem and provides necessary safety guidelines. In 2011, there were 4,432 pedestrian deaths in the United States. A pedestrian dies every two hours and gets hurt every eight minutes in a traffic crash.

The DOT website offers free pedestrian safety flyers and "walkability checklists" in several languages, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Tagalog. The checklists are to be used to determine if a community is pedestrian friendly. Both flyers and checklists are downloadable as PDFs.

Designed to raise awareness, these and other documents help the public identify and manage situations that increase the chances of being hit by a car.

The website also provides various information for local government officials, safety advocates, and researchers.

For more information, visit the 'Everyone is a Pedestrian' website.

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