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The U.S. Department of Labor released its occupational injuries summaries in mid-December 2016. Key findings (as reported by the CFOI) are listed below. As you read through these statistics, think about how they apply to you. Do you or someone you work with fall into one of the groups included in the summary? Did you or someone you work with experience an injury or near miss in the last year or two?
- Annual total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in 2015 was the highest since 5,214 fatal injuries in 2008.
- The overall rate of fatal work injury for workers in 2015, at 3.38 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, was lower than the 2014 rate of 3.43
- Hispanic or Latino workers incurred 903 fatal injuries in 2015—the most since 937 fatalities in 2007.
- Workers age 65 years and older incurred 650 fatal injuries, the second-largest number for the group since the national census began in 1992, but decreased from the 2014 figure of 684.
- Roadway incident fatalities were up 9 percent from 2014 totals, accounting for over one-quarter of the fatal occupational injuries in 2015.
- Workplace suicides decreased 18 percent in 2015; homicides were up 2 percent from 2014 totals.
- Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation.· The 937 fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015 represented the highest total since 975 cases in 2008.
- Fatal injuries in the private oil and gas extraction industries were 38 percent lower in 2015 than 2014.
- Seventeen percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government entity in 2015 rather than for their direct employer at the time of the incident.
- Non-Hispanic Black or African-American workers incurred 495 fatal work injuries in 2015, the most since 2008.· Workers age 45 years and older accounted for 58 percent of workplace fatalities in 2015 but they accounted for only 45 percent of the total hours worked.
|Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® Friday, February 3, 2017, encourage others to do the same and make the time to Know Your Numbers. Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.|
- On National Wear Red Day®, be sure to wear something red to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke.
- Take a selfie, organize your office to wear red, paint your neighborhood red, organize a neighborhood walk wearing red, dress your family up in red. Send us your pictures and we will post them!
- Get educated – become CPR/ First Aid/ AED certified (check our calendar) or at a minimum learn hands only CPR.
Call ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division if you observe suspicious behaviorPHOENIX – Trucking companies should be on alert for an individual impersonating an Arizona Department of Transportation Enforcement and Compliance Division officer.Earlier this month, a man identifying himself as an officer with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division contacted a Mesa-based trucking company saying one of its trucks was damaged in a crash and that the company needed to send payment for a mechanic called out to make repairs.Inconsistencies in the suspect’s story led the company’s operations manager to suspect a scam.Trucking companies should be aware of the following if contacted by someone identifying himself or herself as an ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division officer:
- While ADOT officers assist state troopers and local police agencies with commercial vehicle safety inspections, they don’t investigate crashes or typical traffic incidents.
- ADOT officers will assist drivers who have been involved in crashes or have mechanical problems but will never unilaterally call mechanics and hold trucks until payment is made.
- ADOT officers may call for heavy-duty tow trucks, but this would be discussed beforehand with the trucking company.
- An ADOT officer will give a trucking company his or her name, badge number, location and contact information. The officer will also provide the truck number and driver’s name. Typically, the officer will have the driver speak with his or her company.
|The Mining Safety & Heath Administration, reported 2016 as the lowest number of deaths ever recorded at our nation’s mines. Twenty-five miners lost their lives in work related accidents. This number is down from the 29 work related deaths recorded in 2015.Nine of the 25 fatalities occurred in coal mines; four in West Virginia, two in Kentucky, and one each in Alabama, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The leading causes of death were powered haulage and machinery, which accounted for six of the deaths. |
A total of 16 deaths were reported in metal and nonmetal mines in 2016. Mississippi and Texas led with two, followed by one each in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. The leading cause of death in these mines was machinery accidents, at four, followed by powered haulage, at three. All deaths occurred at surface mines. Of the 16 deaths at MNM mines:
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Yes, there are lots and lots of respirators out there. But how do you know if you need to wear one, and if you do, how do you know which one to chose?The first step is to know what your exposed to and how much exposure you have. But where to start?
- Some dangerous inhalants, such as lead or methylene chloride, have their own OSHA standard. If you or your employees are exposed to these, the OSHA standard will provide specific guidance.
- When you or your workers notice odors, irritants or experience trouble breathing, you must figure out the source and find the best way to eliminate or reduce exposure.
- If your workplace has fumes, dust, aerosols or other visible emissions, you must evaluate the need for protection.
- Air-Purifying Respirators; Dust Mask, Half Masks, Full Facepiece, and Powered Air Purifying
- Air-Supplying Respirators; Supplied Air, and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus