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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Safety News Briefs - Goshen Volunteer Fire Dept vs. OSHA


A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending March 23rd.

Fatal Falls and Accidents Involving Foreign-Born (English as a Second Language) Workers in the US

A post in Environmental and Safety Law notes that a "A recently published study presented at a National Occupational Injury Research Symposium found that Hispanic or foreign-born construction workers were over 60% more likely to have fatal falls from roofs than most other workers."

The study points out the importance of providing training, in the appropriate language, for workers who do not speak English.

Use this link to read the article.


Photo by Joe Mabel

Confined Spaces: Myths, Magic, Urban Legends and the Facts

Not every we think we know about OSHA's requirements about confined spaces may actually be true.  An article in EHS Today points out five myths about confined spaces:

"Much of the "popular" information circulating about confined spaces is simply wrong. Confined spaces don't have to be labeled. Oxygen levels of 19.5 percent aren't necessarily "safe" for entry. The mere possibility that an atmospheric hazard may exist doesn't necessarily mean that a confined space is a permit space. Showing employees a 20-minute video or sending them to a one-day, state-sponsored fire rescue institute seminar doesn't mean they have been trained."

Click here to read the article.


Goshen, CT Volunteer Fire Department Resists CONN-OSHA Inspections - Wins In Court

The Litchfield County Times reports on the small-town Goshen Volunteer Fire Department resisting efforts of CONN-OSHA to inspect its operations.  The volunteer fire department won in the state Supreme Court, but now the state legislature is proposing a new law giving CONN-OSHA the right to inspect (and fine) volunteer fire departments.  The issue for the volunteer fire departments is not one of safety, but the heavy-handed way CONN-OSHA conducts relationships with those they inspect.

Read the story here.

Medical Services Costs for Claims 20 or More Years Old

In a recent study the National Council on Compensation Insurance found that it is likely that more than 10% of the cost of medical benefits for the workplace injuries that happen this year will be for services provided more than 20 years from now. That percentage has been growing and might continue to grow.

It has been thought that the increasing age of the workforce is a factor.  But, the study found that the deteriorating medical conditions of the more elderly claimants is not a main cost driver. Instead, claimants younger than age 60 cost more per year, per claimant, to treat than those older than age 60

Read the story here

In a related study the NCCI found that, on average, costs for all workers aged 35 and older tend to be very similar, although they are higher than the average costs for workers aged 16 to 34. In addition, from a workers compensation perspective, the higher costs are largely offset by the higher premium due to higher wages of older workers.

Read the story: Workers Comp and the aging Workforce


Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - How Will Your Job Kill You?
Safety News Briefs - How To Contest An OSHA Citation
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending March 2nd

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