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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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 18, 2013

Safety News Briefs - How Will Your Job Kill You?


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 16th.


How Will Your Job Kill You?

Health and Safety Risk Management has an article about the causes of workplace fatalities. The article opens with the statement:

"If you die in on the job, statistically, it will be in a way that you probably don’t worry to much about. When it comes to safety, most of us exercise the most care protecting ourselves from the hazards least likely to harm us and conversely are fairly cavalier about those things that pose the greatest threat."

Read the complete article here.


Why Are We Not Learning From Our Safety Mistakes?

A study released last month determined that accidents typically do not result in changed behavior, and the same type of accident can happen again.  An article in Science Daily states: "Hernâni Veloso Neto of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Porto, Portugal, explains that industrial and workplace accidents rarely have a positive effect within an organisation, but they do represent a potential opportunity to learn about risks and so effect behavioural and procedural changes to preclude similar events from taking place again"

The study points out three barriers that prevent information about accidents from being disseminated beyond those immediately affecte.

Read the article in Science Daily.



Injured Illegal Workers, Who Return To Their Native Country, Are Entitled To TTD Benefits Based On Their Earning Potential In The U.S.

In 2009 the Nebraska Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier court decision (Visoso v. Cargill Meat Solutions) that an illegal alien was entitled to temporary total disability benefits.

The worker has since returned to Mexico. A report in Justia US Law states that the compensation court concluded:
  1. Employer's obligation to pay Employee temporary total disability should cease because Employee had reached maximum medical improvement.

  2. There was no credible evidence which could be used to determine the employee's loss of earning capacity in his new community, and therefore, the employee's request for benefits for his claim of permanent impairment and loss of earning capacity was denied.
Last month the Nebraska Supreme Court decided that the worker is entitled to TTD even though he was illegal and has relocated to Mexico. The court said:
  1. The worker had reached maximum medical improvement.

  2. In an earlier decision the Worker's Compensation Court concluded there was no credible evidence which could be used to determine his loss of earning capacity in Mexico. When no credible data exists for the community to which the employee has relocated, the community where the injury occurred serves as the hub community. As a result the case was sent back to the Workers' Compensation Court to allow the worker to attempt to establish permanent impairment and loss of earning capacity using Schuyler (in the U.S.) as the hub community instead of where he is living in Mexico./li>

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - How To Contest An OSHA Citation
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending March 2nd
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending February 23rd

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Anonymous Munros Safety Apparel said...

In response to "Why Aren't We Learning from our Safety Mistakes" - the reason trends continue to stay the same if not increase over time is that there isn't enough on the job safety training. For instance the highest percentage of all workplace injuries are fall related. Even though we are aware that working from heights carry a high risk, we don't teach our employees how to perform their jobs safely in a high risk situation.

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