Tag Archives: workplace safety

Preventing Carpal Tunnel, Muscle Strains, Fall Downs and other Workplace Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2015 alone. The most common type of workplace injuries/events that lead to injury include: Slips, trips and falls Overexertion in lifting or lowering (which often leads to muscle sprains or tears) Being struck by an object Electrocutions -->

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 -->

Schenectady County Company Fined After Fatal Explosion

Last October two asphalt workers were killed on the job in a flash fire/explosion. A third worker survived the blast with non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s cited two serious violations: -Not taking precautions against having sources of ignition where flammable vapors are present -Not having employees wear -->

How Employers Are Failing their Staff

The National Safety Council asked approximately 2,000 workers about the safety culture in their workplace, and unfortunately, the results painted a discouraging picture of workplace safety in the U.S.: 36 percent feel their employers prioritize productivity over safety 30 percent say employees are afraid to report safety issues Only 62% say all employees are involved -->

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 -->

Does Your Workplace Have an Injury Free Culture?

Every day workers are hurt on the job, often at no fault of their own. Dekra Insight, an organization of safety consultants and business owners, suggests implementing the following 5 steps for an injury free culture.  1. Establish Alignment & Ownership- this begins when leaders take ownership for safety outcomes and the conditions, climate, and -->

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 -->

Creating a Safe Driving Program for Workers

Every year, motor vehicle accidents at work cost employers $60 billion in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity. What’s worse is that our hard workers are seriously injured and unable to work as a result. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) lists the following steps employers can take to build -->

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 -->