25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today’s Workplaces Stack Up?

25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today’s Workplaces Stack Up?

For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and dying less often at work. But, clearly, there is still work to be done to make every workplace...
Why Reporting Injuries Creates a Safer Work Environment

Why Reporting Injuries Creates a Safer Work Environment

It was reported on November 30 that OSHA’s attempts to mandate employers to report on work fatalities and certain serious injuries lack the guidance needed on how to pinpoint and prevent underreporting. This was according to the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General in a semiannual report to Congress. The November 2018 report included many of the same recommendations that were included in another report by the OIG...
The Top 10 OSHA Violations Reveals Dangers for Workers

The Top 10 OSHA Violations Reveals Dangers for Workers

In Georgia, some employers will tell workers to do jobs that they do not typically do. For example, a roofer may be told by their employer to clean a gutter or perform pressure washing. These jobs require eye and face safety equipment, but because the work is not typical for the employee, safety precautions may not have been taken and a workplace injury happens. This sort of situation is...
7 out of 10 Workers Are Tired – Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

7 out of 10 Workers Are Tired – Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

A recent National Safety Council report found that 70% of employees – many of whom work in safety-critical jobs – are tired at work.  This enhances the risk of injuries and incidents on the job.  The report – Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries: Impact, Risks, and Recommendations – provides a summary of the results of two national surveys that were done of employers and employees. The report shows findings from...
The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

A recent Massachusetts labor report revealed an alarming truth: Construction workers are six times more likely than other workers to die from overdose of an opioid prescribed after an on-the-job injury. This finding shows that companies in dangerous injuries such as construction need to do more to ensure worker safety, safety advocates warn. The report was released this month by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and it established...
Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Disease cases due to bites from mosquitos, ticks and flea bites more than tripled from 2004-2016 in the U.S., according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Outdoor workers are at higher risk for serious health problems from these insect bites. The CDC stated that cases of serious domestic diseases, such as dengue fever, Zika, Lyme and plague occurred more than 640,000 times in this time period....