Tag Archives: workplace injury

Staggering Number of Construction Site Fatalities Continues to Grow

In the U.S. more than 900 construction workers were killed in 2015 alone*. While the construction industry is certainly safer than it was decades ago, data shows construction workers are operating in increasingly unsafe environments.  “Think about it in these terms: Every week in 2015m 18 construction workers went to work and did not return -->

2016 Top 10 Workplace Violations

Every year OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) publishes the year’s top 10 most cited workplace violations. The list offers important insights into what causes workplace injury, and what each of us can do to prevent injury. You may be surprised to find that even those who perform relatively “safe jobs” are in fact -->

Surprising Facts about Workplace Injuries

An infographic featured on the National Safety Council website outlines the scary and surprising reality of workplace injury. You may be surprised by the following: • Every 7 seconds a worker is hurt on the job. eligibility_for_workers_compensation.jpg • 12,900 workers are hurt on the job every day. • The most common types of workplace injuries -->

Causes of Workplace Injuries Explored

In many areas of upstate New York business is booming, from the possibility of ‘Lego Land’ in Orange County to the new casino in Sullivan County, construction sites are and will continue to emerge throughout the state. Not all New Yorkers are in favor of the new businesses being constructed, but one thing we can -->

Reducing Workplace Accidents: What Employers Should be Doing

All hazards identified by risk assessment should be addressed. The type of hazard, the degree of risk it poses and the severity of harm that may result vary from workplace to workplace and sector to sector. The following are just some of the issues: Work Equipment and Plant: Inadequate mechanical safeguards to prevent contact with -->

Electrical Safety Tips for the Workplace

Electrocution is one of the leading causes of fatalities in the workplace. Below are five safety tips you should take in your workplace, regardless of weather you work in the construction industry or in an office building: 1.    Be Cautious with Electrical Extension Cords: Extension cords can’t be avoided. Be sure that extension cords are -->

Explosion at Tonawanda Coke Corp. Results in Serious Safety Violations and $161,100 in US DOL OSHA Fines

Tonawanda Coke Corp. and Kirchner LLC face a total of $161,100 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an explosion on January 31, 2014 that caused the collapse of brick walls, damage to electrical equipment, and injuries to two permanent employees and one temporary employee. The explosion was -->

Call for Safety Measures Following Increase in Work-Related Cancer Cases

BOHS, the chartered society for worker health protection, are calling on employers to comply with the legal exposure limits for known carcinogens. The latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlight when BOHS believe to be an unacceptably high number of deaths due to occupational cancers. It is estimate that 8,000 cancer deaths -->

Working at Heights – What is Suspension Trauma and How Can You Avoid It?

When working at heights, most consideration is devoted to scaffolding and safety harnesses. But what about suspension trauma?What is Suspension Trauma?Suspension trauma, also known as “harness hang syndrome” is caused by holding the body upright and unsupported for an extended period of time. The heart struggles to overcome the effects of gravity, reducing blood flow -->

Job Site Safety: 12 Hazards that Cause Injuries and Deaths

The workplace can be extremely dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. It’s also important to be aware of the hazards in the workplace that cause injuries and or deaths. 1.    Chemicals: Corrosive chemicals have a variety of uses, including making new chemicals and products. However, chemicals can cause burns to the eyes and the skin, -->