FALL PREVENTION NATIONAL SAFETY STAND DOWN: LET’S CUT FALL FATALITIES IN CONSTRUCTION TO ZERO - May 19, 2017

May 17, 2017 | Jeffrey Dalto | convergencetraining.com

Fall Prevention and Protection has been in news a lot lately. The safety news, at least.

Fall prevention always generates a lot of discussions because falls are the leading cause of deaths in construction. In 2015, for example, there were 350 fatal falls to a lower level out of 937 construction fatalities. And fatalities are actually increasing in the last few years, not decreasing.

In addition, OSHA just held (May 8... Read more

Report: 27 Workers a Day Suffer Amputation or Hospitalization, According to OSHA Severe Injury Data from 29 States - Apr 27, 2017

Washington, D.C.—A new report issued today by the National Employment Law Project, analyzing severe injury data compiled by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from employers in a little over half the states, finds an average of 27 workers a day suffer work-related amputations or hospitalizations.

Two poultry and meat processing companies, despite their relatively small size, reported among the largest numbers of severe injuries, according to the report,... Read more

Washington State Work-Related Fatalities Report 2016 - Apr 19, 2017

66 workers died in Washington State of work-related injuries, an increase of 3 fatalities from 2015. Falls and workplace violence remain the leading causes of fatalities. Falls in all industries (not just construction) are rising, as well as homicide in the workplace. The Work-Related Fatalities Report is put together by the FACE Program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Current Status and Future Challenges in Molecular Design for Reduced Hazard - Jan 20, 2017

Several DEOHS Faculty, as well as Faculty involved in the MoDRN grant have published a new paper titled Current Status and Future Challenges in Molecular Design for Reduced Hazard. This work is featured in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Journal.

ABSTRACT: Synthetic chemicals and materials are the basis of our society and our economy. Yet, in spite of all the advances in toxicology that have helped us understand and even predict toxicity associated with industrial... Read more

One by one, 3 utility workers descended into a manhole. One by one, they died. - Jan 19, 2017

When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth.

Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole.

All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the... Read more

How does workplace safety and health align with sustainability? - Jan 04, 2017

John Davies, GreenBiz.com

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In May, we were contacted by representatives from the U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discuss how they might engage in efforts that bring the agency’s work into broader sustainability discussions and initiatives. We had a good discussion, connected them with corporate representatives we thought they should talk with, and asked... Read more

Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes - Dec 29, 2016

The nation’s largest railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery derailment and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

Details on the agreement between the Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific Railroad were obtained by The Associated Press.

A Union Pacific train hauling crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge derailed in June near Mosier, Oregon, sparking a massive... Read more

Washington SHARE Lab Fall E-Newsletter - Nov 28, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the SHARE Lab!

Highlights for this issue include:

  • Updates on CMOSH & Recent Construction Field Trips
  • Student Profile on an ERC CMOSH student
  • Announcements and Upcoming Opportunities

SHARE Lab is housed in the Department of Construction Management, University of Washington. The lab features research and education initiatives that concern the health and safety of construction workforce.

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