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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.

New Findings on Fatality Exposures in Utilities

About one out of every five recordable incidents in the utilities industry has the potential for serious injury or death. That's one of the early findings from DEKRA research on the matter. DEKRA looked at over a thousand recordable incidents from all the 7 participants in our SIF-utilities workgroup and found motor vehicles and falls from height as the two most common reasons for SIF or SIF-potential incidents in the utility industry.

You can learn about what other safety issues should be top-of-mind in utilities by registering for our webinar on the topic later this month.

Safe+Sound Week

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has declared June 12-18, 2017, Safe+Sound Week. The nationwide event is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the value of proactive safety and health programs in the workplace. Organizations of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to show their commitment to the safety of “workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners.”

Event organizers declare that “successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness.” We agree. That has been the focus of DEKRA’s work over the past several decades. Learn how we helped one Fortune 500 company leverage upstream measures to go three years without a single lost time incident.

Accidental Fatalities Peak in Summer Months

Preventable deaths are at an all-time high, according to new data released by the National Safety Council. The annual statistical compendium Injury Facts 2017 shows that deaths in US workplaces, homes, and on roads skyrocketed to 146,571 in 2015, a 7% spike over the previous year.

Accidental poisoning, caused mainly by prescription drug overdose, is the leading cause of preventable fatalities, followed by car crashes, falls, drowning, choking, and fires. The summer months of July and August typically record the highest number of deaths, with over 117,000 people dying in those months from 2011 to 2015.

"Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "National Safety Month is the ideal time to pause and take stock of our own safety, because history tells us that the odds may not be in our favor during the summer months.”

This summer, you can keep up with all the news and hot topics coming out of the safety community by following our top ten Twitter accounts covering workplace safety.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020