Heat illness is 100% preventable, yet 11 workers suffer serious heat-related injury or death every day in the United States. Without federal standards for preventing heat illness on the job, the problem persists and stands to increase dramatically as the climate warms.
Federal workplace safety regulators on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, proposed $1.3 million in penalties for the construction company that employed two men who died when they were struck by a dump truck and pushed into a 9-foot (2.75-meter) deep trench at a sewer project in Boston in February, according to the Associated Press.
MISSION® and Magid® announced they are coming together with The Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University of Connecticut, the nation’s leading heat safety advocate and research institute, to form the National Heat Safety Coalition.
America has a serious back pain problem – and it’s not just caused by heavy lifting. Damage done to the back from common motions like bending and twisting can build up over time, especially for workers in active, physically demanding jobs like logistics, construction, and agriculture. The cumulative pounding of these movements can increase the risk of workers getting chronic back pain, or work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).
For two centuries, workers in every industry and from every background have collectivized in order to secure safe and healthy working conditions. Huge leaps have been made in that time, but because around 15 people per day died on job sites in the U.S. in 2019, there is still much work to be done.
Every day in the United States, 11 workers are seriously injured or die from a 100% preventable injury—heat stress. The World Bank estimates that annual US heat-induced labor productivity losses were over $76 billion in 2010 and are on track to exceed a whopping $584 billion by 2030!
From industries such as construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and petrochemical, working at heights is a common practice at worksites around the world that poses several safety risks. When a fall occurs, the speed of the response is critical, as an accident can quickly turn fatal.
On the average construction site, safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Rules, OSHA regulations, and standard operating procedures control how crews go about their days. While physical safety is essential, what is often overlooked in heavy industries is the weight of mental health challenges.