Some OSHA Safety Statistics

Did you know that 4,690 workers were killed on the job in 2010 [according to BLS revised 2010 workplace fatality data] (3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) and just to do the math for you, that means more than 90 a week or nearly 13 deaths every day.  Over 260 of these were from falls. I was reading the OSHA statistics page and just in the last 2 weeks of published preliminary investigations, 13 of the 48 deaths resulted from falls.  Last year, the top 2 citations were: Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) and Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page] .   The above statistics would be my guess for OSHA’s new Fall Prevention Campaign. This website is part of OSHA’s nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. The educational resources page gives workers and employers information about falls and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use and posters to display at their worksites.  Click here to go to OSHA’s new campaign site.
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