Falls – many involving ladders – are a leading cause of workplace injuries, according to a NIOSH study.
Researchers examined data from several surveillance systems, including the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – Work Supplement.
Fatal falls, slips, and trips were up 10 percent in 2014 from the previous year. Falls to lower level were up 9 percent to 647 from 595 in 2013, and falls on the same level increased 17 percent. In 532 of the 647 fatal falls to lower level, the height of the fall was known.
Early in the science fiction thriller Ex Machina, Nathan Bateman, the brilliant and unnerving CEO of a successful software company, says to his star programmer, “Over the next few days, you're going to be the human component in a Turing test.” Despite the ominous sound of Bateman’s statement, intensified by his underground laboratory’s location on a remote mountain, the Turing test is relatively simple.
A concerned motorist in Florida recently made headlines when she gave a law enforcement officer a warning for speeding. Even before this story became news, however, investigators at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified recommendations to improve police officers’ road safety after surveying officers in one state.
Letter from ASSE President Michael Belcher, CSP to Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary Occupational Safety and Health Administration: The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) congratulates the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for revising and updating its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. ASSE is disappointed that this Administration did not complete rulemaking to consider requiring every employer to adopt a safety and health management program.
Meet our presenters.
Oliver Wirth, Ph.D., Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Dr. Oliver Wirth is a Research Psychologist in the Health Effects Laboratory Divi-sion of the NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).