According to OSHA, one in five deaths in 2017 were in construction with what it calls the “Fatal Four.” These are accidents in construction caused by falls, being struck by objects, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
The first overlooked worksite safety practice is awareness. If employees are not made aware of the dangers they face in the workplace, the burden falls on management to ensure they do.
Kee Safety, Inc., Buffalo, New York, announces the introduction of Kee Walk® with Guardrail, an OSHA-compliant rooftop walkway system with integrated safety railing. Designed to provide a secure, anti-slip walking surface on all roof types including metal profile and standing seam roofs, Kee Walk with Guardrail accommodates steps, traverses, and sloped roofs with pitches up to 35 degrees, Kee Safety® states.
Most falls happen on the same level resulting from slips and trips, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Slips happen where there is too little friction or traction between the footwear and the walking surface. According to the CCOHS, common causes of slips are:
Nurse Carmelita Kinjo was eager to begin her night shift in the intensive care unit at the Veterans Administration hospital where she worked. As her thoughts turned to the evening that lay ahead of her and the patients she would tend to, she slipped on a wet floor. Someone had forgotten to replace the sign warning that it was wet. Kinjo fell backward, hitting her head and slamming into a wall.
Winter across the world brings with it a variety of weather conditions. From the biting cold, snow, rain and wind of the Northern Hemisphere to the scorching temperatures and humidity of the Southern Hemisphere, it pays to be fully prepared for this winter season.
The 59-year-old man was shoveling steps when he slipped and fell through a glass window
The doorman at a Yorkville apartment building in New York City that provides housing for doctors and residents died in an accident after slipping while shoveling snow, family members and law enforcement sources said.
Rugs that always slip.
Small throw rugs are pretty and can make an otherwise bare floor cozier, but many times, they tend curl up at the corners or slip. This in turn, can lead to you tripping and falling. Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death over all age groups. To stay safe, secure carpets to the floor with appropriate backing or forego them altogether. Check out these home safety facts that could just save your life.
Maybe you slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk outside your apartment. Perhaps you tripped over an unsecured electrical cord at your workplace. Or maybe your elderly mother fell at a nursing home. What should you do after you or a loved one is injured in a slip-and-fall accident?
The American Society of Safety Engineers is offering a virtual symposium to help occupational safety and health professionals better understand the sweeping changes OSHA recently made to its final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection standards in relation to slip, trip and fall hazards. Read More
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