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Safety in the News

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In this on-going series, we bring you the latest headlines from the world of safety and keep you updated on the issues that matter most.

US Labor Department Encourages Stand Down May 8-12

In an effort to bring awareness to fall-related fatalities, the US Department of Labor has called for a national safety stand-down to prevent falls in construction. Scheduled for May 8-12, 2017, the safety stand-down is an open dialogue between employers and employees to focus on fall hazards, according to the event webpage. Organizers provide suggestions for leading a successful stand-down, including reviewing fall prevention programs and conducting equipment checks and worksite walkarounds.

Falls from height accounted for over a third of construction worker fatalities in 2015 (BLS data). Learn how organizations are leveraging behavior-based safety to prevent falls and other serious injuries and fatalities.

Falls from Height Still Leading Cause of Oil and Gas Fatalities

In a recent review of occupational deaths, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that fatality rates associated with fall events increased 2% annually during 2003-2013. Fall fatalities occurred most frequently when drilling rigs were being assembled or disassembled or when inserting or removing drill pipe from the wellbore. The CDC encourages implementing measures that target derrickmen and workers engaged in rigging activities.

Learn more about how we’re helping oil and gas organizations address falls and other exposures with serious and fatal injury potential.

Study Links Obesity and Worker Fatigability

Overweight individuals demonstrated higher rates of fatigue for task-dependent activities, according to researchers from Texas A&M University and the University at Buffalo. The study found that obese adults demonstrated 22 to 30% shorter endurance times than normal-weight adults.

“The findings of this study point to a need for ergonomics researchers to focus more on overweight and obesity in the workforce, as they account for more than two-thirds of the working population,” Texas A&M School of Public Health researcher Ranjana Mehta stated.

Fatigue management is part of the new package of safety-improvement organizations are implementing across industry. Learn more.

Managing the Future of Safety: Work-Related Car Accidents

NIOSH’s Center for Motor Vehicle Safety released its 2014-2018 strategic plan for research and vehicle collision prevention. Reflecting popular concern with prescription drug use at home and work, the report recommends examining how over-the-counter drugs are contributing to accidents and suggested organizations develop a system to rank medications according to their risk levels.

The report also suggests the center examine how the aging workforce is affecting driving incidents and how the growth of non-traditional employment (such as ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber) are contributing to accidents. Technology and prescription drug use only two of the major issues changing the direction of workplace safety. Fatigue, Total Worker Health, and new thought on serious injury prevention are also shaping safety’s future. Read more.

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Thursday, 24 September 2020