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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, October 08, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Worker Insomnia Results In Workplace Accidents

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

Study links insomnia to $31 billion in U.S. workplace errors

An article in U.S. News Health reports on a new study estimates that insomnia is responsible for 274,000 workplace accidents and errors each year, adding up to $31 billion in extra costs.  The researchers estimated that 20 percent of the study participants suffered from insomnia for at least 12 months.

Read the story in U.S. News Health.

What are the deadliest U.S. cities for workers?

This new infographic from Graphic Products shows the safest cities (green) and the deadliest cities (red) for workers.  It's interesting that smaller cities where employment is based on a single industry tend to have workplaces that are more dangerous.

Did you known that working as a sanitation worker is a more hazardous job than working as a police officer?  This new infographic also shows the top ten most hazardous occupations.

This new safety infographic is available free for you to use on your web site or blog.  Go to the "Safest and Deadliest U.S. Cities To Work In" web page and click on the "Add To Your Site" tab located at the bottom of the infographic.

OSHA’s warning on Safety Incentive Programs are wide of the mark

An editorial blog post in EHS Today disagrees with OSHA on using incentives to improve safety.  OSHA recently released a memo that warned employers that rewards programs unintentionally – or perhaps even intentionally – could encourage employees not to report injuries.  OSHA recommended employers instead provide commendations for such activities as serving on safety committees, suggesting ways to strengthen safety and health, completing company-wide training programs or participating in investigations to identify hazards.

Read the commentary in EHS Today.

Man accused of posing as OSHA inspector arrested

Dennis Jackson went to Pick and Pull Automotive and posed as an agent with the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, using the alias "Tim Peters."  Jackson also claimed to be a retired FBI agent and showed the employees a badge. Jackson told the owner he needed to inspect the busines. During the inspection, Jackson told the owner he was going to fine him for a violation. Jackson offered to allow the owner to settle the fine by paying him in cash.

Read the story in the Press-Enterprise

Two former OSHA heads call for renewed emphasis on compliance aid

The formation of an government office, possibly within the Small Business Administration, that could provide overall assistance for small business compliance with government regulations is proposed.

Read the article in Bloomberg BNA

Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs - 7 Worst Emergency Planning Mistakes
Safety News Briefs - Worker Tested Positive For Cocaine
Safety News Briefs - Workplace Fatalities In Massachusetts

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Anonymous Sandy said...

I'm not surprised worker insomnia relates to workplace accidents. However, it is something that needs to be addressed. If I don't get my 8 hours I am barely functioning during the day - I can't image what its like for those who have a family or other commitments.

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