OSHA Has Issued a Final Rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems for General Industry

Falls are still among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA is continuing to try to reduce these, and in November issued a final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal fall protection systems for general industry. OSHA estimates that these changes will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year. Note…

Stay Safe in Confined Spaces

Confined spaces don’t look that dangerous, but they have many hidden hazards. Confined spaces are often not well ventilated, causing them to contain insufficient oxygen or hazardous levels of toxic gases. Working in a tight space can prevent a worker from keeping a safe distance from mechanical and electrical hazards in the space, exposing them…

Reporting Requirements Show Over 7 Amputations Per Day in U.S. Workplaces

Since OSHA began requiring employers to report severe injuries in 2015, the agency has recorded on average more than seven amputations a day. And this number is likely lower than the actual number because OSHA’s data doesn’t include workplaces covered by state plans. These statistics represent real people who have suffered permanent, life-changing injuries. And…

Study Reveals Importance of Providing Adequate Hand Protection for Workers

According to Bureau of Labor and Statistics data, nearly 3.5 million workers sustain non-life threatening injuries each year on the job. Not surprisingly, about 40% of those injuries are to the hands. Typical workplace hand injuries involve things like broken bones, lacerations, and burns. Skin rashes, dermatitis, and sometimes even cancer can result from exposure to…

OSHA Issues New Recommended Practices For Safety and Health Programs In Construction

In October of this year, OSHA issued a new Recommended Practices For Safety and Health Programs In Construction. This 40-page guide offers concise guidelines and best practice advice for companies in the construction industry seeking to establish and safety and health program in their business. This publication is best suited for small to medium sized construction…