Rescuers Down


We hear about it so often it’s hardly a surprise anymore. Someone in a confined space goes down. Wanting to rescue the person someone else climbs in to assist and goes down as well. Often times it’s multiple people who are killed trying to rescue co-workers, friends or family.

Did you know that 60% of confined space fatalities occur among would-be rescuers? Learn how to protect workers from such hazards: #MSAsafety

Trenching Deaths Double Since Last Year

The good news is that trenching injuries are down since last year. The bad news is that deaths in trenching accidents are up. They’ve gone up quite a bit actually; they’ve doubled.

Trench deaths have more than doubled nationwide since last year – an alarming and unacceptable trend that must be halted,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “There is no excuse. These fatalities are completely preventable by complying with OSHA standards that every construction contractor should know.


It starts with education. Check out our five-part series here:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Murder # 1 Cause of Death for Women at Work

OSHA stats tell us that the number one cause of death in the workplace is slips, trips and falls. What it doesn’t tell us is that most of the people who make up this number are men and that if deaths are distinguished by sex, the story is very different. Turns out that the number one cause of death at work for women is actually murder (while car accident numbers are actually higher, I’m not counting them because women who die in car accidents are actually not technically at work yet or have already left work).

According to an article in the Washington PostThe murder threat for women is different. Both sexes die most often at the hands of robbers, andĀ both also murdered at about the same rate by co-workers. But more than a third of women murdered at work are killed by boyfriends, spouses, exes or other relatives. For men, that category of killerĀ is almost zero.


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Ride Shotgun to up your odds of survival in a crash

Car manufacturers have made great strides in helping drivers survive crashes. They have, at the same time, extended that safety to the passenger side. We have only to look at drivers and passenger air bags, which often include side airbags, to see this.

In all this time, however, they have, by and large, ignored the back seat altogether. Statistics tells us that you have a 46% greater chance of dying in a car crash when you are riding in the back seat than if you are riding up front, even if you are wearing a seat belt at the time of that crash.

Considering the fact that children aren’t even allowed to ride up front, isn’t it time that we start paying attention to safety measures in the back seat as well?

Some strides have been made (See the 2011 Rear Inflatable Belt, for example) but we still have a long way to go.