Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries—Key Findings

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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.
Behind the statistics lie the real stories of the people, workplaces, families and communities impacted by these fatalities. The best way to honor those who lost their lives in work related incidents is to do what you can to prevent future deaths. Influence the culture at your company. Know your company’s safety policies. Make suggestions to improve those policies and practices. Put safety on the daily by reminding those around you of the safe way to do the work. Be the voice of those lost to work place incidents.

Celebrate National – Wear Red Day

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Wear Red 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.
Talk to the women in your life about the risks and how to prevent.

ADOT alerts trucking companies to possible scam by individual impersonating police officer

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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.
If a trucking company has suspicions, the owner or manager can call the ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division dispatch center at 602.712.8396.

Work Related Mining Deaths in 2016 – The Results are In

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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.

Mining Fatality Trend

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:
  • · 12 were employees
  • · 4 were contractors

By Commodity2016 Fatals by Commodity
  • 5 – Sand & Gravel (31%)
  • 5 – Limestone (31%)
  • 6 total – 1 each from Titanium, Copper, Sand, Granite, Cement, Magnesite (38%)

  • By Occupation
  • 4 – Supervisor (25%)2016 Fatals by Occupation
  • 4 – Truck Driver (25%)
  • 4 – Heavy Equipment Operator (25%)
  • 2 – Mechanics (13%)
  • 1 – Miner (6%)
  • 1 – Drill Operator (6%)
Root Causes—Failure to:
  • Provide Task Training
  • Conduct Examinations
  • Conduct Risk Assessments
  • Conduct Pre-operations checks
  • Maintain Equipment
  • Provide Policies, Procedures, Controls
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment
When reporting calendar year end statistic Joe Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health stated, “While we have reached a new era in mine safety, these deaths show that more needs to be done to protect our nation’s miners. MSHA has encouraged mine operators to put effective safety and health programs in place that address the specific conditions and hazards.”For many of us the first quarter of the year is the season for annual refresher and other types safety reviews/training. If you find yourself in training, challenge yourself to find new ways to apply the information (some of which you may have heard before). Leave the class with at least one or two commitments for how you will help continue the trend of decreasing fatalities and then live those commitments throughout the new year.Data as reported by US Department of Labor; for full details can be found at www.msha.govNote—MSHA reported a recent update that there were actually 26 fatalities in 2016. One MNM fatality, which was previously unreported, was omitted from the initial data

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Choosing the Right Respirator

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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.
Once you know what airborne contaminants exist in your workplace, assess your exposure compared to the permissible exposure limit for the contaminant. Exposures above the limit require action.There are many different types of respirators and multiple factors to consider when selecting the right one. Things such as the physical work environment, employee health limitations and individual comfort should influence selection. You want to select a mask you or your employee can actually wear when doing the work.Different types of respirators fall into 2 basic categories:
  • Air-Purifying Respirators; Dust Mask, Half Masks, Full Facepiece, and Powered Air Purifying
  • Air-Supplying Respirators; Supplied Air, and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Many air-purifying respirators require cartridges designed to filter out specific contaminants. Effective protection will require the right respirator/cartridge combination.Once you select the appropriate respirator, the next step is to ensure it fits. We all come in different shapes and sizes and therefore so do respirators and masks.Before using your respirator you must complete both a medical evaluation and fit test. In addition, your employer must have a written respiratory protection plan. Employees must be trained prior to using a respirator and at least annually. Training should include the need for respiratory protection, proper fit, use, storage and maintenance, what to do in emergencies, and how to recognize medical conditions which may limit effectiveness of the respirator.Now that you have the basics, what’s next?