Have you ever wondered exactly how much the incidents in your company are actually costing you? Maybe you have a hard time convincing management that the cost of the measure you’re trying to put into place is justified because of the amount of money it will save but you need exact numbers.
The folks at Safe-Staff (http://www.safe-staff.com) have put together an online cost calculator to answer that question for you. Enter the number of incidents you have a week, the amount of timeyou spend recording, tracking and reporting each incident and the hourly rate the person managing the incident is paid and the calculator will give you a number.
Here’s a hint… the number is going to be a lot higher than you originally thought; in fact, with only one incident a week, your annual cost is almost 2 million dollars.
We’ve talked before on this blog about the “fall clearance” issue. Essentially fall clearance has to do with the distance you need to account for when taking a fall in order not to hit the ground. What this means is that if you are 6 foot tall, wearing a 6 foot lanyard, accounting for stretch and other factors, you will need to have 18 feet off fall clearance as illustrated below.
Because factors vary (You might be using a self-retracting lifeline or an 8 foot lanyard, for example) each application should be looked at separately and the fall clearance calculated for each instance. Fortunately, Miller Fall Protection has a fall clearance calculator that you can use to determine your fall clearance. Just type in your variables and it’ll give you your fall clearance, illustrated as in the above image.
Great little tool to keep everyone safe!
Download your Free Incident Cost Calculator!
From the incident control room website…
Having spent a long time trying to quantify the costs of Incidents at various customer sites, we know the pain of quantifying costs of incidents. Well no more, download our free Incident Costs Calculator today and:
- Use our template to quantify a comprehensive Incident Costs!
- Automatically calculate the costs across 5 headers including, Incident Costs, Investigation, Damage, Replacement, Productivity & External Costs!
- Edit to your organisations specific needs!
Register at http://info.incidentcontrolroom.com/download-your-free-incident-costs-calculator to download the free Incident Cost Calculator.
New! Miller Fall Clearance Calculator
When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety and is now easily accessible any time, any place whether working from a desktop, smart phone or tablet.While especially designed for use with Miller® fall protection products, the interactive Fall Clearance Calculator can be used with any brand of fall protection equipment that meets ANSI standards.
It’s FREE, Go get it!
Need to calculate your company’s incident rate? Here’s how it’s done:
- Collect all OSHA 300 Forms from your company for the given year
- Add the numbers from column H (days away from work), column I (job transfers or restrictions) and column J (other recordable cases)
- Multiply this number by 200,000
- Add up the total number of man-hours worked for the whole company (all employees) for the same year
- Divide the number you got in step 4 by the number you got in step 3
- The resulting number is your company’s OSHA incident rate.
This number can be significant when compared to other companies in your same line of work with the same range of employees as yours
Don’t want to bother with all the calculations. Use the OSHA incident rate calculator provided online by safety management group. Just plug in your numbers and hit the calculate button to get your number.
Does anyone remember how we used to work and do research before the internet? For safety professionals, the internet is an incredible resource. There is no need to create your own forms, no need to rewrite all the material and no need to reinvent the wheel.
Case in point, a FREE DOWNLOAD from www.safetyrisk.com that allows you to assess the risk factor associated with a particular hazard in your work place. Input the level of probability (practically impossible, conceivable but very unlikely, remotely possible, unusual by possible, quite possible or almost certain), select the exposure (continuous, frequent, occasional, infrequent, rare or very rare) and finally select the consequence (first aid treatment, casualty treatment, serious injury, fatality, multiple fatalities or numerous fatalities) and the program will assign a risk factor of low, moderate, substantial, high or very high as well as a numerical value to the potential hazard.
You’ll be required to register which is only fair considering the value of the free software.
While you’re on the site, have a lot around. There are TONS of templates, forms, calculators, guides, handbooks and other assessment tools that you’ll doubtlessly find helpful, if not right away, in the future.
Hats off to the people at safetyrisk.com for making this stuff available for free.
You’ve heard it over and over again… ” If you are more than six feet off the ground you need to be tied off”.
Understanding the fall distance calculation, however, is important to the “how” of being tied off.
It’s simply an issue of addition. Let’s look at the different part that we need to add up:
- Lanyard Length: six (6) feet total
- Deceleration Distance: Three and a half (3.5) feet
- Distance from the sole of the feet to the top of the back D-ring once the fall has occurred: Six (6) feet
- Safety Factor: three (3) feet
Now, let’s add these up: 6 + 3.5 + 6 + 3 = 18.5 feet
What this means is that if you take a fall when you anchor point is lower than 18 ½ feet above the ground (or the floor, at whatever level you are at) then you stand a very good chance of getting seriously injured or even killed.
Guardian Fall Protection provides us with this illustration:
(You can download a PDF of this from their website here).
So next time you’re looking for an anchor point, just remember that it needs to be at least 18.5 feet above the surface you are trying to keep from impacting.