Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 9, September

A Practical Guide to Hand Protection: Why, with the Availability of Personal Protective Equipment and Training, Do Hand Injuries Remain the Second Most Common Work-Related Injury?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Gloves protect hands from injuries. If only it was as simple to say that if all workers, from medical to industrial and everything in between, would just wear gloves, then more than 1 million hospital emergency visits by U.S....
Avoiding an Accident Excuse Pile-Up: Latest Forklift-Monitoring Technology Lets You Know What Happens in the Warehouse and on the Docks When No One's Looking
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last week, his leg fell asleep. Just the other day, a bug flew in his eye and caused temporary disorientation. And today, his newest excuse was that he had a sneezing spell and couldn't keep his eyes open long enough to see...
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Shows a Decline in Worker Deaths
The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Aug. 20 released a report showing a decline of 6 percent in worker fatalities in 2007. The good news was tempered slightly, however, by increases in fatal falls, an increased number of fatal incidents involving police...
Expanding Confined Space Awareness: Confined Space Entry Is One of the Leading Causes of Occupational Fatalities in the United States. Workers in America Make 4.8 Million Confined Space Entries per Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Joe Gurican, who teaches a confined space awareness class, believes confined space deaths typically occur for two reasons. First, employers and workers fail to recognize and control the hazards associated with confined spaces,...
Feeling Nostalgic: Another Birthday-For Me and the Magazine-And the End of Summer Are Leaving Me Feeling Nostalgic
I'm a Leo. And if you know any Leos, you know we think the world revolves around us. We don't celebrate a birth day, we celebrate a birth month. We even celebrate a birth fortnight if our friends and family let us get away with it. One thing you can...
Going beyond the Limits: A 10-Year Study Conducted by DuPont Found That 96 Percent of Accidents at the Company Were the Result of Unsafe Actions by Employees Going beyond Their Limits, Rather Than Unsafe Conditions
A worker in a machine shop in Illinois is injured when a conveyor belt snaps and strikes him in the face. On the surface, this would appear to be a common workplace injury, especially in an environment where belts and pulleys are moving at great rates...
Hazardous Energy
"I'd gladly pay you three fingers Tuesday for a new dress today." These are not the words of J. Wellington Wimpy from Popeye. This is the sentiment, and career strategy, of a safety coordinator in California. This approach to the "profession" has...
International Safety: Summit Encourages Safety Culture
More than 120 senior executives and health and safety managers convened in Wellington, New Zealand, to attend the Leaders in Health and Safety Summit, where they were urged to foster a safety culture within their workplaces. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Leadership's Effects on Employee Health, Well-Being
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] New research suggests that good leadership has positive effects on employee health and well-being, including decreased sick leave and disability, reports the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Led...
MSHA Proposes $1.85 Million in Fines for Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster
MSHA fined Genwal Resources Inc., the operator of the Crandall Canyon Mine in Emery County, Utah, $1.34 million for violations that directly contributed to the deaths of six miners last year. MSHA cited the Genwal Resources, whose parent company...
OSHA Fines Imperial Sugar $8.77 Million
On July 25, OSHA issued the third largest fine in its history by citing Imperial Sugar Co. $8,777,500 in proposed penalties for safety violations related to the fatal Feb. 7 explosion at the company's Port Wentworth, Ga., plant. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
R&D Drives Hand Protection Innovation: Putting a General Purpose Concept Glove through the Rigors of Product Testing May Not Get Your Heart Racing the Way a Car Crash Test Dummy Can, but It Is Every Bit as Important
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] More than 1 million U.S. workers receive emergency treatment for acute hand injuries each year, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 110,000 workers with hand and finger injuries lose days at work annually,...
Research Reports: A Valuable Tool for Getting Up to Speed in the Marketplace: Locating New Market Data and Statistics That Can Give Them an Edge in the Safety Marketplace Is a Task on the To-Do List of Safety Marketing and Sales Executives Worldwide-Or It Should Be
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One producer of packaged market studies that offers a wealth of information to safety and PPE marketers is BCC Research (http://www.bccresearch.com). The Wellesley, Mass.-based producer of market research reports, newsletters...
Safer Demands Smarter: The Evolution of Workplace Training
In the beginning, if you handed someone a shovel to dig a ditch and told him how deep it should be, your worker had been officially "trained." There were no instructions given regarding technique, no terms like "sloping" and "trench box" to learn,...
Should OSHA Adopt a Combustible Dust Standard?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety held a July 29 hearing to discuss OSHA's role in protecting workers from combustible dust explosions and whether...
Technology Trends in Eye & Face Protection: The Focus Is on Eyewear That Meets Users' Needs, Says Sperian's Technology Director
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EHS Today spoke with Phil Johnson, who is the director of technology for Sperian Protection's Eye & Face Protection Division in Smithfield, R.I. Johnson is responsible for research and development, technology and quality...
The 50 Most Influential EHS Leaders: Love Them or Despise Them, These Are the 50 People the Editors of Occupational Hazards Feel Have Had the Most Impact on EHS in the Past Decade
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When we began the daunting task of trying to name the 50 most influential (living) EHS leaders, we worried that we would have difficulty coming up with that many names. Soon, we realized that we easily could name 100 leaders...
The Contribution of Supervisors and Middle Managers to Safety Performance: Organization Change Starts from the Top and Safety Improvement Efforts Must Be Driven by Senior-Most Leaders
Safety ultimately is about what happens in the workplace. When leaders set the directive to change the culture and lead improvement throughout the organization, it becomes imperative to transfer safety leadership principles and practices down to the...
The Use of Incentives for Health Management and Wellness on the Rise
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Major U.S. employers are turning to incentives in increasing numbers to promote employer-sponsored health and wellness programs, according to a new survey, with the percentage rising over the past year from 62 percent to 71...
Trust in Communication Key to Workplace Safety
Employees working in high-risk industries, such as manufacturing or construction, have to believe that there is reliable and useful safety information available before they can be expected to seek it out and act on it, according to research appearing...
What Does Safety Success Look like? Because of the Reactive Approach to Measuring and Managing Safety Prevalent in the World Today, the True Definition of Safety Success Has Been Obscured
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The surface definition of safety success on most safety professionals' minds is simply a reduction in the failure rate. We have been so busy avoiding failure that we need to remind ourselves what success looks like. The...

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