October 1, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 19

OSHA Issues New Reporting Requirements

Starting January 1, 2015, businesses covered by federal OSHA will have to notify the agency of on-the-job worker fatalities and work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, according to a new final rule.

Fatalities have to be reported within eight hours; a hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss incident, within 24 hours. Previously, employers were required to inform OSHA of workplace deaths and of in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.

Employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including those who are exempt from keeping injury and illness records, are mandated to follow OSHA’s new rule. They can send their notices via phone, site visit to an OSHA area office, or through an electronic form.

For more information, read the OSHA press release or visit the agency’s dedicated page.

Fall Protection Violations Lead OSHA’s Top Ten

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), along with Safety+Health Magazine, revealed the provisional list of ten most-cited violations for fiscal year 2014.

The list was revealed during the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in San Diego. For the fourth year running, the Fall Protection Standard ranked first.
The complete top ten are:

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

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Preliminary Data: Fatal Work Injuries Down in 2013

Preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2013, equivalent to a rate of 3.2 deaths for every 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.

The 2013 figures represent a decrease from those of 2012, a year that saw 4,628 deaths and a rate of 3.4 per 100,000 workers. The provisional data is based on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

In 2013:

  • Fatalities in the private industry decreased six percent compared to 2012.
  • Deaths involving Hispanic or Latino workers rose seven percent; 797 were recorded in 2013, the highest since 2008. The rates for other ethnic/racial groups dropped.
  • Contractors accounted for 17 percent of deaths.
  • Fatalities for employees aged 25 to 34 increased, while rates for other age groups decreased.

The final data will be released in late spring 2015. For detailed statistics and information, download the PDF version of the BLS news release.

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Short Walks Help Combat Effects of Prolonged Sitting

A new study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal, showed that three hours of sitting without moving your legs minimized the extent by which the arteries of the leg expand.  This can be associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors.

The study involved twelve non-obese men who participated in two trials. In one trial they sat for three hours without moving their lower extremities and during the second they took short, five-minute walking breaks at certain intervals during the three hours.

During the walking trial, the men experienced no reduction in artery function while the sitting trial was found to reduce the ability of leg arteries to expand by as much as 50 percent.

For more information on the procedures and methods of the study, view the abstract.

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