DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, October 28, 2013

World Safety News - How Much Does An Accident Cost?

A regular feature summarizing workplace safety 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 and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

USAID Holds First-Aid Training For Pakistani Discos

The Business Recorder reports that:

"The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Programme organised training on First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the line staff of power distribution companies (Discos) at the Rescue 1122 training school in Rawalpindi" Pakistan.

This program involve training trainers. Linemen Safety trainers from all nine Discos in Pakistan attended the training.  During 2010-2011 more than 100 linemen in Pakistan lost their lives as a result of not following safety procedures.  Another 100 linemen were seriously injured.

Read the article here.

USAID is also involved in developing a National Electric Safety Code for Pakistan, as reported by the Pakistan Observer (read the story here).

How Much Does A Workplace Accident Cost In Ireland?

theJournal.ie (Ireland) has an article that informs employers in Ireland about the financial costs of workplace accidents and promotes the BeSMART tool created by the Health and Safety Authority (the equivalent of OSHA in the U.S.).

The article reports that:

"The cost of accidents in the workplace, in particular where employees have been injured, is staggering. Figures from injuriesboard.ie show that in 2011, there were 830 workplace claims totalling €22.5 million with an average pay-out awarded of €27,102."

€27,102 (euros) is $37,270 (US).

The above number is just the amount based on claims that were paid, it does not include other costs resulting from an accident, such as lost time.

Read theJournal.ie article here.

An article in Irish News provides additional information such as:

"Thursday was the most common day for accidents in the workplace while July saw the highest level of accidents, the board said. A third of awards were for trips, slips and falls."

Read the Irish News article here.

Related past posts:
Spot The Hazard, Report The Hazard
New Workers Face Greater Risk
Record Fine In Canada


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