The 2011 numbers are in…and many of them don’t look much different from 2010.
Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show work-related fatal injuries decreased from 4,690 in 2010 to 4,609 in 2011, while private industry employers reported nearly 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses for an incidence rate of 3.5 per 100 workers, unchanged from 2010.
About this time two years ago, I was returning from the second of two large concurrent U.S. oil spills. In an earlier post, you read about efforts to prepare the Florida Keys for Deepwater Horizon oil, the first of the two. That spill overshadowed the second – the Enbridge Energy pipeline release.
Hurricane Isaac is right now working its way across the gulf coast. Seven years ago today, so was a full category 5 Hurricane Katrina. Luckily, Isaac doesn’t look to make it beyond a category 1 and the area is much better prepared. In 2005, however, that was not the case: New Orleans would be a […]
Want to save $355,000 over the next five years by cutting your injury rate 9.4% and your workers comp costs by 26%? New research finds that receiving a random OSHA inspection (at least in California) did exactly that. The study, entitled “Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss,” appeared in […]
When I first heard the word “Lean,” I thought about it in the context of physical fitness – a perfect balance between fat and muscle.
Earlier this year, we received news that the long-awaited GHS standard left desks at the Office of Management Budget (OMB) and made it back to the halls of OSHA in Washington D.C. OSHA released the new HAZCOM 2012 and now all industries are on notice. OSHA estimates that more than 43 million workers will be […]
Everything is easy when you’re not the one actually doing it, right? If fantasy could become reality, we would all have that easy button on our desks.
It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have […]
When a dollar sign is followed by a slew of zeros, it can be hard to grasp the implications in economic and human terms.