Fatal Four in Construction: Struck By and Caught In/Between

Continuing our quest to eliminate the Fatal Four hazards in the construction industry, we have a new video covering struck by and caught in/between hazards.

According to OSHA, in 2015 struck by and caught in/between hazards accounted for 9.6% and 8.6%, respectively, of all fatal construction incidents.

SCT Vice President of Safety Engineering Services Nick Walters covered Electrocutions last week. Today Mr. Walters, formerly the Regional Administrator of OSHA Region V, tackles two related hazards in struck by and caught in/between.

Check out our video below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to make sure you never miss a video from us.


NIOSH updates ergonomics guide

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has updated its 20-year-old guide to ergonomics to reflect a stronger emphasis on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).

Though the 1997 primer “Elements of Ergonomic Program” remains an active document/reference guide for NIOSH, a new partner webpage increases the focus on WMSDs and the necessary steps employers and workers should take to prevent them and other injuries related to ergonomics.

In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 31 percent, or 356,910 cases, of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were caused by musculoskeletal disorders. Of those WMSDs, the median time away from work was 12 days for each affected employee. When compared to the median time away from work from other work-related injuries, which is recorded as 8 days, it is clear that poor ergonomics training and WMSDs cost businesses more than other injuries.

NIOSH’s strengthened ergonomics webpage offers a six-step program designed to help employers identify, implement, evaluate, and maintain ways to better protect workers against WMSDs.

In our July video series, “Safety Hurdles in Health Care,” one of the episodes focused on strains, sprains and other WMSDs often suffered by health care workers. Given the physicality involved in their jobs, workers in hospitals, assisted living facilities and other health care workplaces often face a greater risk of WMSDs. Check out our safety video below.

Ergonomics also comes into play with office workers. Here’s a Safety Minute Update video on 5 tips for better ergonomic posture at the office! Don’t forget to get up, stretch, and walk around during the day. Don’t sit behind a desk for 8 hours straight!

For ergonomics training and all other occupational safety and health needs, contact the safety experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729.

Video Series Tackles Construction’s Fatal Four

The Fatal Four in Construction – falls, struck by, caught in/between, and electrocutions – account for more than half of all worker deaths in the industry. At SCT, we want to do our part to protect as many workers as possible from preventable injury and death.

Throughout this month, we will release videos on each of those topics, presented by our own Vice President of Safety Engineering Services Nick Walters, who was formerly the Regional Administrator of OSHA Region V.

Check out the video above to learn about some common electrocution hazards found at many construction sites. Be sure to Like us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to make sure you never miss a safety video from our team of experts.


Healthcare Workers at High Risk for Sprains and Strains

Today we’re finishing up our Safety Hurdles in Healthcare video series with a look at one of the most common workplace injuries: sprains and strains.

Handling and moving patients is by far the biggest cause of musculoskeletal disorders in the healthcare field. Back injuries alone cost the healthcare industry about $20 billion each year. Take a look at our new video below for some great ways to avoid these costly injuries.

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If you’re ready to dive in and get the best workplace safety experts on your team, contact us today online or give us a call at 1-800-204-1729.


Bloodborne Pathogens a Constant Healthcare Hazard

Nearly 6 million workers in healthcare and related fields are at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, which can cause a host of serious diseases including hepatitis and HIV.

In our third video focusing on Safety Hurdles in Healthcare, find out what OSHA requires to properly protect your employees from exposure to this potentially deadly occupational hazard.

Missed an earlier video in the series? We’ve got them all right here. And while you’re at our YouTube Channel, be sure to check out the rest of our safety videos covering topics including ladder safety and outdoor working hazards.

For all of your occupational health and safety needs, contact the experts at SCT. Want to learn more about our team? Click here! 

Ask the Experts: Silica

We have another Ask the Experts segment, this time featuring SCT Regional Director Tom Bielema.

During his time working for OSHA, Mr. Bielema helped develop the new silica standard. The new rule went into effect in June 2016, but the enforcement date in construction of Sept. 23, 2017, is quickly approaching. Mr. Bielema’s most recent position with OSHA was as Area Director for the Peoria, IL, office.

Watch our conversation with Mr. Bielema to find out more details about who is impacted by the new rule, what you need to do to become OSHA compliant, and how to best protect your employees.

Did you catch our first Ask the Experts video featuring SCT Vice President of Engineering Services and former OSHA Regional Director Nick Walters? Click here to watch Mr. Walters detail the new Walking-Working Surfaces Standard.

If you want to talk to Mr. Walters, Mr. Bielema, or any of our other OSHA Experts, contact us today at 1-800-204-1729 or use our online contact page.

Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Industry

As we continue to examine the workplace hazards facing those in the healthcare industry, our new video focuses on workplace violence.

Unfortunately, workplace violence can occur in any industry. But statistics show that healthcare employees are one of the most at-risk industry sectors in the United States. Check out our video below to learn more about what OSHA recommends to curb violence in the workplace.

For all of your workplace safety and health needs, contact the experts at SCT. We can come to your job site, analyze potential hazards, design solutions, and train your employees to properly carry out proper safety protocol. Employees are a company’s most valuable asset – protect them. Businesses who expect the best turn to SCT.

Safety Hurdles in the Health Care Industry

Health care workers face some of the most hazardous work environments in the country, with nearly 600,000 reported work related injuries and illnesses in 2015, the most of any private industry sector.

Throughout July, we will be tackling some of the biggest hazards facing the industry. Watch our first video of the series below.

If you need more in-depth workplace safety training or on-site workplace audits, contact SCT today. Learn more about our team of experts who boast decades of experience in the safety industry, including multiple former OSHA Area Directors.

Ask the Expert: Walking-Working Surfaces

Earlier this year, an update to the OSHA General Industry standard for Walking-Working Surfaces went into effect.

In short, the rule sought to align the General Industry standard with the Construction standards. OSHA estimates that these changes will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year.

So what exactly does the new standard mean for you and your business? Watch SCT Vice President of Engineering Services Nick Walters discuss the biggest changes. As the former OSHA Regional Administrator of Region V, which oversees six states, Mr. Walters draws on his decades of OSHA experience to provide unrivaled insight into the administration’s updated regulations. There are only 10 Regional Administrators in the country.

Keep an eye out for more videos from our team of OSHA experts who boast decades of experience working for and alongside OSHA. We’ll be covering a number of other occupational safety and health topics including silica, lead, scaffolding, lockout/tagout, and machine guarding. To learn more about our team, click here.

If you or your company needs training on the new OSHA Walking-Working Surface standard or wants one of our experts to visit your worksite for a complete analysis to identify any potential safety hazards, call us today at 1-800-204-1729.

Firework safety on the Fourth of July!

While we want all Americans to have a fun and celebratory Independence Day, as a safety company we feel a sense of obligation to talk about firework safety.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that fireworks ignite an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16, 900 outside and other fires, according to its website. An estimated 11,900 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2015, of which 51% of those were injuries to extremities and 41% were to the head.

Many of the victims involved in firework accidents are often children and teens using consumer fireworks. The NFPA has created a safety video to raise awareness about the hazards associated with using consumer fireworks.

Check out more fire-related safety videos on NFPA’s YouTube channel.

For fireworks retailers and display operators, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has some recommendations for firework safety on its website:

OSHA Tips For Fireworks Retailers:

  • Keep exits clear and accessible
  • Know all exit routes
  • Maintain view of fireworks
  • Know alarm procedures
  • Know fire extinguisher location and operation
  • Remove and dispose of damaged fireworks
  • Remove loose pyrotechnic powder promptly
  • Use only non-sparking tools; do not use vacuum cleaners
  • Do not allow smoking within 50 feet of sales area
  • Keep facilities secure

OSHA Tips For Display Operators:

  • Make sure personnel are trained and competent
  • Obtain required licenses, permits and inspections
  • Maintain display site security and communications
  • Wear protective gear and proper clothing
  • Prohibit accidental ignition sources
  • Properly install mortar boxes, racks and drums
  • Keep fireworks cartons closed
  • Keep fireworks dry and in good condition
  • Always handle fireworks carefully
  • Stay away from loaded mortars

From the safety family at SCT, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!