Accidents on construction projects cause too many painful injuries and claim far too many lives. Our primary concern when we discuss the factors or causes behind an accident is to find a way to prevent a recurrence. The cause of an accident can be found in two areas -- Unsafe Acts and Unsafe Conditions.
Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide, and 43% of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder.
Among workers, approximately 20% of fall injuries involve ladders. Among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) involve a ladder.
June, which is National Safety Month, is an appropriate time to focus on young workers, as they head out of school and into the workforce. Many of them will find jobs in the retail industry, a leading employer of young workers in the United States.
Work on the Olympic Park and Village in Rio de Janeiro has been halted over fears for the safety of workers, Reuters has reported. With less than three months to go until the start of the games on 5 August, officials who reviewed work on a television tower in the Olympic park and digging work at the Olympic village have shut down operations at those and two other sites.
50,000 new amputations occur every year in the U.S. based on information from National Center for Health Statistics. Ratio of upper limb to lower limb amputation is 1:4. Most common is partial hand amputation with loss of one or more fingers -- 61,000. Next common is loss of one arm -- 25,000.
Amputations are widespread and involve a variety of activities and equipment. Each year, thousands of workers lose fingers, hands, feet, and other body parts–mostly through compression, crushing, or by getting them caught between or struck by objects. Most amputations involve fingertips.