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SafetySmart Compliance Newsletter – October 2016

In this issue, learn more about OSHA delaying enforcement of anti-retaliation provisions, preventing sprains and strains associated with slips and falls, how to handle the flu, and much more.

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Reporting of Amputations Lead to Improvements in Workplace Safety

OSHA’s severe injury reporting requirement, now in its second year, continues to show a disturbing trend of seven reported amputations a day at U.S. workplaces. The positive news is that the reports are leading to inspections, citations, and agreements with employers to make changes that will protect many more workers from injury.

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Recorded Webinar: Setting up a Sustainable Safety System that Drives Safety Improvement

Recorded: August 31, 2016
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Title: Setting up a Sustainable Safety System that Drives Safety Improvement

Speaker: Sean T. Lane, CSP, CHMM, EHS Manager, Domtar – Hawesville, KY Operations
What drives safety at your organization . . . not who (although important), but what? Is it …

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Falling Support Beam Injures Two Workers, One Critically

Two bridge construction workers were injured, one critically so, after a steel-reinforced concrete support beam weighing at least 60,000 pounds fell 40 feet in Surprise, AZ.

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All Commercial Truck Passengers Must Now Buckle Up

Effective Aug. 8, 2016, all passengers riding in large commercial trucks in the US will be required to wear seatbelts whenever these vehicles are involved in interstate commerce. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) posted a final rule calling for the change on June 7, 2016.


Seven Statistics on Housekeeping and Workplace Safety

When people think of major hazards in the workplace, poor housekeeping likely isn’t the first thing to spring to mind, but a cluttered, disorganized workplace can lead to deadly consequences.

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Some Tips for Helping Workers Who Have Arthritis

It adds that modifying the way one performs his or her work and making changes to one’s work environment can help reduce the adverse effects of arthritis. Share with your workers these tips from the CCOHS for reducing some of the debilitating effects of arthritis.


Report Details Climate Change’s Potential Health Effects on Workers

Climate change may increase the severity and prevalence of known occupational hazards, as well as the development of new hazards, with outdoor workers being most at risk.


Report Identifies Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents and Injuries

The Travelers Companies, Inc., the largest workers’ compensation carrier in the United States, has released an Injury Impact Report identifying the most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries between 2010 and 2014.
The company analyzed more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims and determined that …

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Young Worker Dies in Concrete Mixer Incident

A 23-year-old worker at a company that produces concrete and brick pavers, masonry and retaining walls, died after becoming caught in a concrete mixer.



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