Occupational Safety

How will your job kill you?

Considering the top causes of workplace fatalities
By Phil La Duke
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If you die in on the job, statistically, it will be in a way that you probably don’t worry too much about.


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Work-related amputations: Who's counting?

A NIOSH Science Blog post
By Kenneth D. Rosenman M.D.
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Knowing how many, who and where injuries or disease are occurring is a basic premise of preventing injuries and illnesses. If we don’t have accurate information on injury/illness occurrence, we don’t know how many resources to devote, what action(s) to take or whether the action we do take is effective.


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They achieved the impossible

Western Australian resources industry makes year without fatality
By Rick Duley BSc(Hons)
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Resources companies in Western Australia have achieved what many have worked for but no-one really believed would happen.


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Worker's roller coaster fall at Legoland leads to court

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The operators of Legoland have been prosecuted for safety breaches after a worker fell from a walkway on a roller-coaster ride, breaking his shoulder and several ribs. Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, registered in Poole, Dorset,(UK) was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it investigated the incident at Legoland in Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, on 1 June 2011.


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Oil industry, union joins forces on fatigue standard

BP’s Texas City Refinery tragedy prompted standard effort
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In an effort to improve safety in the oil and gas industry, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the United Steelworkers International Union (USW) are working together on a standard to prevent fatigue among oil workers -- and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) wants your comments on those efforts.


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Seven Marines killed in training accident

Army depot also used for storing ammo
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Seven U.S. Marines were killed and at least seven other people injured during a training exercise in western Nevada last night, Marine Corps officials announced today. The Marines, members of a ground combat unit based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., died in an explosion.


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New slideshow promotes I2P2

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OSHA has published a new slide presentation on the value of injury and illness prevention programs — a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt.


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UK serious about minimizing work at height

Could architects & designers collaborate in the U.S.?
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The Access Industry Forum (AIF) has introduced a dedicated work at height information helpline for DIOHAS, the Designer’s Initiative on Health & Safety, whose members include professionals from the major architectural practices, other construction disciplines and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). 


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Europe amends five key worker health, safety directives

Review is “painfully slow going”
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The European Commission has announced plans to amend five health and safety at work Directives, in order to align them with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), but critics charge that the changes won’t make workers any safer.


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Highway worker electrocuted in Wisconsin

Employer Highway Technologies cited
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OSHA has cited Highway Technologies Inc. in Minneapolis for 10 safety – including six willful – violations after a worker died from injuries sustained while working with equipment that came into contact with overhead power lines on I-94 near Menomonie, Wis., on Sept. 17, 2012.


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