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Safety in the News


Every week, we bring you the latest headlines from the world of safety and keep you updated on the issues that matter most.

The 10 Deadliest Jobs in America

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:

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.

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.

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.

The BLS said nursing ranks as the second most physically hazardous industry since its incident rate is over 12%.

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.

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.

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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New Workplace Fatality Figures in U.K.

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:

  • 30 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded. While this accounts for the largest share, this is the lowest number on record for the sector. However, over the last five years the number has fluctuated with the annual average during that time sitting at 39. That annual average rate is around four times as high as the rate for all industry.
  • 27 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded. This sector continues to account for a large share of the annual fatality count. It has the highest rate of fatal injury of all the main industry sectors, around 18 times as high as the all industry rate.
  • 14 fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded. Despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around 15 times as high as the all industry rate. The fatalities in the waste and recycling sector in 2016/17 include a single incident in Birmingham on July 7, 2016 which resulted in five deaths.

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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Controversial Recordkeeping Rule Overturned

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.

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Friday, 25 September 2020