Those of you who attended our last HSI International Conference in San Antonio will probably recall filling out a survey afterwards and sending us some suggestions on how we can make our future conferences even bigger and better.
From typical lower backaches all the way to the sharp pain of an accident-induced case of whiplash; head, neck, and back injuries are never a good time. Today’s blog post explores some training you can implement in your workplace to prevent these types of injuries, as well as what to do when faced with a potentially serious injury.
Most first aid kits today include a triangular bandage as a standard inventory item. Just a simple piece of cloth or similar material cut into a triangle shape with a broad base and two smaller sides.
Take a training class in first aid today and chances are there is little to no information about what a triangular bandage is for.
The summer hiring season is just around the corner, and that can mean bringing on temporary workers to your job sites. These workers may or may not be as experienced as your regular employee crews, and may or may not have received the level and quality of safety training your company provides.
Were you watching Jeopardy last Friday? If you were, you may have seen the answer: American Safety & Health Institute pairs this "un-" word meaning non-reactive with "& not breathing" in a scenario. The question: "What is unresponsive?"
Needing to employ hundreds of thousands of workers in assorted trades, construction is the second largest employer in the U.S. alone – and is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one in five worker deaths last year was in construction, with the leading causes of worker deaths being falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. Otherwise known as the "Fatal or Focus Four", these hazards were responsible for more than half of construction worker deaths in 2013*, BLS reports.
Construction activities present several hazards that can compromise the health and safety of the workers, making it imperative to understand and train on the top safety issues to keep workers safe on the job at all times.
*Updated CPR and First Aid Guidelines Scheduled for Release in October 2015
A construction worksite can be a real epicenter for hand injuries. A 2011 article in EHS Today cites some scary statistics about the frequency and the expense of such incidents:
This may be a recap for you, but we wanted to reiterate the importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new reporting requirements that went into effect January 1, 2015. Previously, all employers under the federal jurisdiction of OSHA were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident, but the same employers are now required to report on an expanded list of severe injuries:
- All work-related fatalities within 8 hours.
- All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations, and all losses of an eye within 24 hours.