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The stand-down is part of OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with NIOSH.
OSHA is concerned about the alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower worksites. In 2013, 13 fatalities occurred in this industry, more than in the previous two years combined. This disturbing trend appears to be continuing, with four worker deaths occurring in the first five weeks of 2014.
Last year, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011.
In a statement regarding the slightly lower number workplace fatalities for 2011, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said, “We will continue to collaborate with employers, workers, labor leaders, and safety and health professionals to ensure that every American who clocks in for a shift can make it home safe and sound at the end of the day.”
The free Halloween themed online game takes players through a variety of workplaces and risks to illustrate how to work safely and avoid becoming a zombie.
Next week, ASSE celebrates NAOSH Week, which runs May 1-7, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day on May 4.
[hamlet-nc-chicken-plant-fire-2_tn] On September 3, 1991 a fire in the Imperial Foods chicken processing plant in Hamlet, NC, claimed 25 lives and injured 54 employees. Locked emergency exits made it difficult for employees to exit the building during the fire.
OSHA has cited SeaWorld of Florida LLC for three safety violations, including one classified as willful, following the death of an animal trainer in February.
ASSE passes along its condolences to the families of the 4,340 people who lost their lives last year due to on-the-job injuries, according to a report just released by the BLS.