Safety By The Numbers: What You Need To Know

guano-safety.jpgEHS Today recently reported that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released its preliminary Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2013. Overall the total number of fatalities as well as the rate of fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers decreased.

While this is good news, striving for excellence in the safety sector is of the highest importance. Here are some statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistic’s new report and our suggestions on making those numbers even better in 2015.

Transportation Safety

According to EHS Today 2 of every 5 fatalities in 2013 were transportation-related incidents.  Triumvirate, consistently performs well-above the industry average in regards to transportation safety. There are several tactics that have proved effective for Triumvirate that you can use to improve the transportation safety at your organization. First, develop a specific and clear code of conduct for all drivers. This should include details on repercussions for not adhering to the code of conduct as well as details on various aspects of driving. Merely stating “driver’s must practice safe driving habits” is not enough. Include details on seatbelt safety, driver fitness and more.

All employees with driving as part of their job responsibilities should be trained and taught the code of conduct as part of their onboarding process. Waiting even a week into working can pose unnecessary dangers.

Fall Safety

Slips, trips and falls accounted for 16% of all fatalities in 2013. Assessment, planning and proper training can help improve fall safety at your workplace and reduce the number of incidents.  First assess the types of falls that could happen at your work. Brainstorm solutions, proper PPE and other best practices. From there, form a written plan and train all related employees. For more information on fall safety, check out our presentation here.

As with any kind of safety, becoming an active member in the safety community can help in finding new ideas for improving the safety of your workplace and motivating employees to do the same. 

Contact with Objects/Equipment

Contact with Objects/Equipment caused 717 workplace fatalities in 2013. As with any other safety issue, promoting a safety culture at your workplace is of the utmost importance. Here are some tactics for improving your workplace’s safety culture. In addition, make sure your employees are equipped with the appropriate PPE. Make sure all parties know what their PPE responsibilities are and what type of PPE is needed to do each job.

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