February 2, 2015 | Volume 13, Number 2

Overexertion Ranks First in Leading Cause of Disabling Injuries

Overexertion, including lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying or throwing was the primary cause of disabling injuries at work in 2012, contributing to over 25 percent of the total number of injuries and costing businesses $15.1 billion.

The finding comes from the 2014 Workplace Safety Index (WSI), the annual report published by Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, a world-renowned safety and health research facility. The 2014 edition of WSI identifies the “10 leading causes and direct costs of workplace injuries in 2012.”

After overexertion came same level falls, which cost $9.19 billion and comprised 15.4 percent of all total workplace injuries. Third was being struck by an object or equipment clocking in at $5.3 billion and 8.9 percent. Rounding out the list are falls to a lower level; other exertions or bodily reactions, roadway incidents involving a motorized land vehicle; slip or trip without fall; caught in/compressed by equipment or objects; repetitive motions involving micro-tasks; and struck against object or equipment.

The WSI report was compiled using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the company’s workers compensation claims, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

For more information, download the WSI report.

‘Disconnect from Deadly Distractions’ Among NTSB’s Most Wanted List

The National Transportation Safety Board published the 2015 edition of its “Most Wanted” List, which lists the transportation safety improvements that the agency wants to highlight for the year.

Released during the 94th meeting of the Transportation Research Board on January 13th in Washington, D.C., the list is made up the following urgent tasks:

  • Disconnect from Deadly Distractions
  • End Substance Impairment in Transportation
  • Implement Positive Train Control in 2015
  • Improve Rail Tank Care Safety
  • Make Mass Transit Safer
  • Require Medical Fitness for Duty
  • Strengthen Commercial Trucking Safety
  • Strengthen Procedural Compliance.

The list is based on NTSB’s accident investigations and aims to raise awareness of vital issues in transportation. The NTSB is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation.

View a PDF of the Most Wanted List. It includes brief backgrounders on each item in the list.

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Reminder: New OSHA Reporting Requirements Now In Place

Effective January 1, 2015, all employers must inform the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of all work-related deaths within 8 hours of their occurrence, and of in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within a 24 hours.

Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or contact the nearest OSHA area office during regular business hours to make a report. A map of regional offices can be found here. An electronic online form will soon be available via this link.

For more information, visit the dedicated OSHA page for the new rule, which can be downloaded here.

ISEA To Update HIgh-Visibility Worker Apparel Standard

The International Safety Equipment Association is revising the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear and is looking for prospective participants in a consensus panel that will review the standard.

Participants may either be a producer or manufacturer of the product pertaining to the standard; a user; a government agency that regulates the use of the product; or a party that has a general interest because of safety, technical, or other requirements. This last category includes individuals who are experts on the product but are neither users nor manufacturers.

Participants will submit their comments on the standard, vote for its approval, and determine if it can be submitted to ANSI to become an American National Standard.

The panel review is scheduled for April 2015. To learn how you can participate in the review, read the ISEA press release for details.

The American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear has been mandated by private businesses and all levels of government, including the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration.

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