Bureau of Labor Statistics Initial 2014 Injury Summary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released their preliminary findings for 2014 and the news isn’t all that great. Among the results reported:

  • 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, an increase of 2 percent over the revised count of 4,585 fatal work injuries in 2013
  • The number of fatal work injuries in private goods-producing industries in 2014 was 9 percent higher than the revised 2013 count but slightly lower in private service-providing industries.
  • Falls, slips, and trips increased 10 percent to 793 in 2014 from 724 in 2013.
  • After a sharp decline in 2013, fatal work injuries among self-employed workers increased 10 percent in 2014 from 950 in 2013 to 1,047 in 2014.
  • Women incurred 13 percent more fatal work injuries in 2014 than in 2013.
  • The number of fatal work injuries among police officers and police supervisors was higher in 2014, rising from 88 in 2013 to 103 in 2014, an increase of 17 percent.

Read the full preliminary report here.


Global Worker Watch Releases the List of the Most Deadly Companies

Global Worker Watch (http://www.globalworkerwatch.org) just release the list of the most deadly companies around the world. They made the list by having several fatalities over the course of the year or by having a single event that resulted in more than 50 victims.

Georgia Pacific, Chevron, Fed Ex, Bradken, Nucor, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Duke Energy, Nordstrom and Walmart made the list of companies from the USA and 3 of the top four most dangerous company were mining companies (Soma Kömür İşletmeleri in Turkey, Fuxin Coal Corporation in China and Harmony Gold in South Africa).

Check out the complete list and see how these companies got put on this list at http://www.globalworkerwatch.org/worst-companies.html


2014 Top List of OSHA Citations

Last week was the National Safety Conference in San Diego. A couple of our people were there as we usually are. It’s an annual event that features anything and everything related to safety. It’s also the time of year when OSHA traditionally releases its’ list of the top safety violations for the year.

This year, the top 10 most-cited violations is as follows:

  1. Fall Protection in Construction (1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding in Construction (1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)
  8. Ladders in Construction (1926.1053)
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

Compare to last years’ list. Top ten remain the same but the order changes a little.

It’s a preliminary list and more detailed information will be released at a later date.