Every week, we bring you the latest headlines from the world of safety and keep you updated on the issues that matter most.
A California-based website called CareerCast has released a list of the “10 Deadliest Jobs in America.” CareerCast referenced data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), OSHA and various trade organizations.
The list is as follows:
1. CONSTRUCTION WORKER
According to OSHA, just over 20% of all workers who died on the job in 2015 in the U.S. worked in the construction industry.
2. CORRECTIONS OFFICER
The BLS said correctional institutions have an incident rate of about 8%, meaning that’s the percentage of employees at risk at any given time.
3. EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
The CDC reports that EMTs receive 20,000 workplace injuries annually.
The CDC reports 167 agricultural workers are unable to work daily because of injuries or illnesses that occurred in the workplace.
The injury incident rate for firefighters is over 12%, according to the BLS.
6. NURSE'S AIDE
The BLS said nursing ranks as the second most physically hazardous industry since its incident rate is over 12%.
7. POLICE OFFICER
Police officers ranked in the top six of all professions for the amount of time lost at work due to workplace injuries, according to the BLS.
8. TAXI DRIVER
Since cab drivers are at risk of being robbed, their workplace danger increases. The good news is that OSHA reported a decline in driver fatalities since the late 1990s.
9. TRUCK DRIVER
There are 11 accidents involving semi-trucks daily, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Veterinarians who work with livestock and other larger animals face the potential for serious injuries. The BLS says veterinarian services resulted in over 9% of its total reported incidents for the last reportable year.
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Great Britain has released new figures for work-related fatalities. The U.K.’s regulatory agency says 137 workers were fatally injured in the U.K. between April 2016 and March 2017. That’s a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers and is the second lowest year on record. Over the last 20 years, the U.K. has halved its amount of workplace fatalities but HSE officials say their latest figures show that long-term downward trend may be slowing.
The new figures show the rate of fatal injuries in several key industrial sectors:
The new figures also highlight the risks to older workers. Around a quarter of fatal injuries in 2016/17 were to workers aged 60 or over, even though such workers made up only around 10% of the workforce.
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The Trump administration has overturned a controversial recordkeeping regulation for safety numbers. The regulation, known as the “Volks Rule,” was put into effect during the presidency of Barack Obama. The Volks Rule extended the time companies could be held accountable for record-keeping violations from six months to five years. Several small business groups said the rule imposed a massive paperwork burden on contractors without improving job site safety.
With the overturn, contractors are still required by OSHA to maintain injury and illness logs for five years. The cancellation of the rule effectively means employers cannot be cited for injury and illness recordkeeping violations older than six months.
In other OSHA news, learn why DEKRA consultants say one of safety’s most popular metrics, the OSHA Recordable Rate, is a bad one in our blog post.