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Monday, February 20, 2012

Latest Workplace Injury and Fatality Numbers From The BLS

The following are the latest, updated numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Nonfatal injuries and illnesses, private industry in 2010
Total recordable cases: 3,063,400
Cases involving days away from work: 933,200
Cases involving sprains, strains, tears: 370,130
Cases involving injuries to the back: 185,270
Cases involving falls: 208,470

Fatal work-related injuries in 2010 (preliminary):
Total fatal injuries (all sectors): 4,547
Total fatal injuries (private industry): 4,070
Highway incidents (private industry): 837
Falls (private industry): 598
Homicides (private industry): 423

Safety - Hazard Control Measures

Use a Job Hazard Analysis to identify safety hazards associate with a job. However, the information obtained from a job hazard analysis is useless unless hazard control measures recommended in the analysis are incorporated into the tasks. Managers should recognize that not all hazard controls are equal. Some are more effective than others at reducing the risk.

The order of precedence and effectiveness of hazard control is the following:

1. Engineering controls include the following:
• Elimination/minimization of the hazard—Designing the facility, equipment, or process to remove the hazard, or substituting processes, equipment, materials, or other factors to lessen the hazard;
• Enclosure of the hazard using enclosed cabs, enclosures for noisy equipment, or other means;
• Isolation of the hazard with interlocks, machine guards, blast shields, welding curtains, or other means; and
• Removal or redirection of the hazard such as with local and exhaust ventilation.

2. Administrative controls include the following:
• Written operating procedures, work permits, and safe work practices;
• Exposure time limitations (used most commonly to control temperature extremes and ergonomic hazards);
• Monitoring the use of highly hazardous materials;
• Alarms, signs, and warnings;
• Buddy system; and
• Training.

3. Personal Protective Equipment—such as respirators, hearing protection, protective clothing, safety glasses, and hardhats—is acceptable as a control method in the following circumstances:
• When engineering controls are not feasible or do not totally eliminate the hazard;
• While engineering controls are being developed;
• When safe work practices do not provide sufficient additional protection; and
• During emergencies when engineering controls may not be feasible.

Use of one hazard control method over another higher in the control precedence may be appropriate for providing interim protection until the hazard is abated permanently. In reality, if the hazard cannot be eliminated entirely, the adopted control measures will likely be a combination of all three items instituted simultaneously.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over 3,000,000 injuries a year! I never suspected so many people were hurt at work.

6:07 AM  

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