BLS Provisional Data on Worker Fatalities

There were 4,679 workers who died on the job in 2014, according to preliminary data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The 2014 provisional figures represent 3.3 deaths for every 100,000 full-time employees, and shows a two-percent increase over 2013 figures, when 4,585 workers were killed.

When comparing 2013 to 2014, key findings of the preliminary data include:

  • Mining, agriculture, manufacturing and construction, and police work all saw increases in fatal injuries.
  • Cases of slips, trips, and falls rose by 10 percent
  • Deaths among the self-employed and employees 55 or older increased
  • Fatalities among Hispanic or Latino workers dropped in 2014, but fatal injuries rose for non-Hispanic white, black or African-American and Asian workers.
  • Fatalities among government workers were lower.

For more information, read the BLS news release. The final figure for 2014 will be released in late spring in 2016.

Study: Mid-morning, the best time for break time

The most beneficial time to take a workday break is mid-morning, according to a new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.

The study, “Give Me a Better Break: Choosing Workday Break Activities to Maximize Resource Recovery” was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Other highlights of the study include:

  • A “better break” also includes time where employees do things they prefer and not necessarily work related. There was no evidence that doing tasks completely unrelated to the job was better than doing work-related assignments.
  • People who took the “better break” option were less likely to have headache, eyestrain, and lower back pain. Additional benefits are higher job satisfaction and less burnout.
  • People are advised to take short, but more frequent breaks, which increase energy, concentration and motivation.

The study involved surveys of 95 employees over a five-day workweek.

For more information, read the full press release from Baylor University.

Study: Car Seats, Vehicles at a 42% Mismatch

Researchers from the Ohio State University College of Medicine found that of about 3,600 possible pairings between car seats and vehicles, there was a compatibility issue 42 percent of the time.

To address the mismatch drivers improvised and used rolled up towels, blankets, or pool noodles. The study examined 59 models of car seats and 61 vehicles.

Another issue that came up was how built-in headrests can interfere with forward-facing car seats. The study will be published this month in Traffic Injury Prevention.

For more information, read the press release or watch the video in this link.

OSHA Updates Firefighter Safety Manual

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its firefighter safety manual, “Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems,” to help enhance the safety of fire personnel from occupational hazards.

The manual describes how firefighters can handle fires safely and quickly if the design of a building is emergency-friendly. It shows them how to deal with the release of hazardous materials, provide medical care, and manage situations during non-fire rescues and terrorist attacks.

  • New chapters on water supply and integrating design elements to protect fire personnel during a building's construction, occupancy and demolition phases;
  • New sections on energy conservation, emergency power, and room and floor numbering;
  • Additional photos to help explain concepts.

For more information, read the OSHA press release or download the PDF.

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