Over 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live across the United States. In 2013, approximately 1,319,000 AI/AN workers were employed in the U.S. workforce1,2. AI/AN workers are 42 percent more likely to be employed in a high-risk occupation (defined as an occupation where the injury and illness rate is more than twice the national average) as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.3
OSHA’s silica rule comes under Congressional scrutiny, the FAA OKs a “greener” jet fuel, and an unusually high number of needlestick injuries are found at a New Jersey hospital. These were among the top occupational safety and health related stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced Thomas Kramer, managing principal at LJB Inc., an Ohio-based civil engineering firm, as the 2016 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for his leadership in helping develop more than 18 fall protection standards.
A whistleblower blows the whistle on OSHA; the problems that lead to Deepwater Horizon disaster haven’t gone away and a “green” industry that helps the environment is hazardous to its workers. These were among the top stories posted on ISHN.com this week.
According to data from three federal datasets reviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), workers in health care facilities experience substantially higher estimated rates of nonfatal injury due to workplace violence compared to workers overall.
In 2014, ASSE’s House of Delegates (HOD) approved a governance restructure for the first time in 20 years. The vote culminated a process that began in 2010 with the formation of the Board Advisory Task Force that was charged with helping ASSE become more strategic and effective.
Arc Eye, Burns, and Manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s Disease)
April 13, 2016
Welding is one of the most hazardous occupations in construction. Traditionally, welders had to fear workplace injury from burns, electricity, and “welder’s flash” (blinding and diminished vision, see below).
It was a typical Thursday afternoon for Moffat County, Colorado, resident Daina Wagner, but a sudden explosion and what followed had her wondering if her life and the lives of her loved ones were about to change forever.