Falls Account for 42 Percent of Deaths in Construction (1982-2015)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report calling for strong regional occupational safety and health surveillance programs in the United States.

The researchers used data from the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). FACE contains data on select workplace fatalities.

The data covered 768 deaths and was encoded into the Construction FACE Database (CFD). It yielded sobering results, including:

  • About 54 percent of the fatalities involved employees who did not have access to a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS).
  • Twenty-three percent of employees did not use a PFAS, even if they did have access.
  • Twenty percent of the fatalities occurred within two months after employees took the job.

To learn more about the research, read the abstract and view Construction FACE database webpage.

A Look Inside STOP®

The award-winning DuPont™ STOP® program provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture – thus preventing injuries and incidents.

See for yourself how DuPont helps to provide people with the safest workplace possible with A Look Inside STOP®. During this one-day workshop, a certified STOP® trainer - who has hands-on experience implementing STOP® - will outline why the STOP® principles work, how the programs are structured and how it can be rolled out in your workplace.

Who Should Attend?

  • Safety personnel, safety committee members and operations managers who are new to the STOP® offering and would like to understand how the STOP® principles can revolutionize how employees look at safety.
  • Those who want to understand how improving employee observation and communication skills can not only reduce injuries, but also improve quality and productivity.
  • Those who haven't looked at STOP® for a few years. Come and see what's new!

This complimentary workshop includes lunch and refreshments. It runs from 8:30am-2:00pm. View the full agenda.

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Workplace Exposures Account For As Many As 21 Percent of Asthma Deaths in the U.S.

From 1999 to 2016, between 11 and 21 percent of asthma fatalities for U.S. adults between 15 and 64 years old may be attributable to occupational exposures, according to a Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report published last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The figure amounts to 7,000 out of the 33,307 total asthma fatalities. In 2015, about 18.4 million adults in the United States had asthma, and around 3,400 deaths were reported.

The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report also classified the deaths according to gender and industry. It found that deaths were more common among women with the majority working in social assistance. Fatalities involving men were highest in the food, beverage, and tobacco products manufacturing industry.

Some data on asthma deaths based on race and age is also available.

Read the full MMWR report or view a synopsis.

Study Explains How Sitting Can Burn More Calories Than Standing

Modest movement while seated resulted in higher metabolic rates than just standing or sitting, according to a study published in the journal, WORK.

The study, headed by Craig Horswill, Clinical Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois in Chicago, involved comparisons of participants in three situations: 1) sitting at a table, 2) standing at a desk, and 3) sitting on a desk that has a movable footrest, suspended from the underside of the desk, which enabled the feet to swing, twist, or teeter.

It was found that the movable footrest meant a metabolic rate 17 percent higher than when just sitting, and 7 percent higher than when standing.

In a press release, Dr. Horswill was quoted saying, “Sitting is bad for our health, but it is a big part of daily life for many people. Exercise is a good way to counteract the negative effects of sitting, but just incorporating physical activity into one part of our day may not be enough to overcome the damage caused by prolonged sitting and an otherwise sedentary lifestyle.”

To learn more about the study, read the press release.

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Free OSHA Guides to Snow Removal and Other Winter Hazards

To promote winter safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains a dedicated web page that provides free resources on the following topics:

  • Cold Stress
  • Work Zone Traffic Safety
  • Stranded in a Vehicle
  • Shoveling Snow
  • Using Powered Equipment like Snow Blowers
  • Clearing Snow from Roofs and Working at Heights
  • Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice
  • Repairing and Working Near Downed or Damaged Power Lines
  • Removing Downed Trees

OSHA has also published a seven-page Hazard Alert that helps employees recognize the dangers of snow removal while on roofs, stresses the importance of fall protection, and highlights a safer snow removal alternative that avoids going on the roof altogether. The Alert also discusses how to evaluate snow loads and how to use ladders safely.

Visit OSHA’s Winter Weather web page.

Report: NIOSH, OSHA, BLS, States Must Collaborate for Better ‘Safety Surveillance System’

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report calling for strong regional occupational safety and health surveillance programs in the United States.

According to a press release from the Academies’ website, the report, entitled A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century, notes the following gaps:

  • There is no single, comprehensive surveillance system in the U.S., but rather a continuously evolving set of systems using a variety of data sources that meet different objectives.
  • Less attention on collecting information on hazards and exposures.
  • Lack of data on some segments of the working population, such as independent contractors and small-farm workers, both of whom are not included in the BLS' Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).

To remedy this, major safety agencies such as OSHA, NIOSH, and BLS, and the states should strengthen their collaboration for a robust surveillance system, which would, among other things:

  • Produce critical information about the relationships between work and injuries that informs policy development
  • Reduce the undercounting of occupational injuries and illnesses through strategic use of different data sets
  • Improve the quality and capacity of informatics through advanced analytical, computational and information-technology tools.

Read the press release or download the report.

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