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

NYC Requiring More Safety Training for Construction Workers

The New York City Council wants construction workers to get more safety training. The Council recently adopted a new law, called Intro 1447, that requires workers on many projects to have 40-55 hours of safety training. That’s well above the minimums required by federal law.

In the weeks leading up to the vote, the issue took on greater urgency as more workers died in fatal plunges at Manhattan construction projects. The most recent death came when Juan Chonillo, a 43-year-old employed by a nonunion contractor, fell to his death at a lower-Manhattan high-rise project.

“We are not going to sit by as a legislative body and watch workers die," council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said at a press conference after the vote.

DEKRA just published a new white paper on how to keep workers safe on construction sites like these. Download your free copy.

The #1 Workplace Safety Violation This Year Is...

Fall protection tops OSHA’s list of the 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2017. The group announced their annual list at the just-completed NSC Congress & Expo in Indianapolis. Although OSHA officials say the rankings don’t vary much year to year, their top 10 provides a blueprint for keeping workers and workplaces safe.

After fall protection, the most frequently cited workplace safety violation is hazard communication followed by scaffolding. The only new entry in this year’s list was “Fall Protection Training Requirements,” appearing at number 9.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Fall Protection: 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communication: 4,176 violations
  3. Scaffolding: 3,288 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection: 3,097 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout: 2,877 violations
  6. Ladders: 2,241 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,162 violations
  8. Machine Guarding: 1,933 violations
  9. Fall Protection–Training Requirements: 1,523 violations
  10. Electrical Wiring Methods: 1,405 violations

There’s new research from the University of Cambridge that suggests behavior-based observations are the best way to address hazards like these. Download DEKRA’s free white paper on the topic.

Stress & Fatigue Causing More Hazards with Workplace Safety

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says employers need to do a better job of addressing worker hazards that fall outside of traditional occupational and industrial safety programs. Specifically, NIOSH officials say stress, overeating and fatigue are resulting in more loss time and injuries.

Stress alone impacts about a third of U.S. workers, according to the latest data. NIOSH estimates that stress costs U.S. businesses $30 billion a year in lost workdays. “Stress increases the risk of illness, injury, and job burn-out,” Ann Reskin of NIOSH says. “And unlike other occupational hazards, nearly the entire working population can be affected.”

You can learn about a lot more workplace solutions at DEKRA’s Safety in Action conference in March. Register now and get a 20% early signup discount.

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Monday, 27 January 2020