New OSHA Rule Expands Injury Reporting Requirements

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Some new census figures have just been released – the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 people died in 2013 in the U.S. from workplace injuries. Marylanders accounted for 78 of those fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 to protect workers by setting and enforcing standards for safe and healthy working conditions and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Their latest rule, announced on September 11, 2014, to take effect on January 1, 2015, requires employers to report thousands of additional severe injuries. Previously, employers were required to notify OSHA of hospitalizations only if three or more employees were admitted to the hospital due to a workplace-related injury or illness. Now, covered employers will be required to report all hospitalizations, plus injuries that result in amputations or the loss of an eye, within 24 hours. Note that “hospitalization” refers to being admitted to a hospital or clinic for at least one overnight stay. The rule doesn’t apply when workers receive emergency room or out-patient care or are in the hospital for observation. Employers must notify OSHA of any workplace fatalities within eight hours, continuing the requirements of the previous rule. OSHA estimates[…..]

Safe Jobs Save Lives

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Ever since 1868, we in America have honored those who died in military service to our country. We now call it Memorial Day, and it occurs on the last Monday in May. But there’s another Memorial Day that you may not have heard of, even though manufacturing, construction and mining are major sources of income to the state of Maryland. I’m referring to Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember men and women who suffered injury or death on the job. April 28 is the day designated as Workers Memorial Day, but we can – and should – learn from the tragic experiences of these workers in order to protect present and future workers every day of the year. April 28 was chosen by the AFL-CIO because it is the anniversary of the creation of OSHA, which has done much to make our workplaces safer and saved millions of workers from injury or death. They remind us that, even now, much remains to be done to protect hardworking folks who are trying to support their families. As the AFL-CIO says, “Safe Jobs Save Lives.” Consider these statistics for 2012: In 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,383 workers[…..]

Common Construction Accidents

As the field of construction is frequently listed as one of the most dangerous industries a person can work in, construction-related accidents and injuries are very common. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that one in every ten construction workers are injured every year, with approximately 150,000 construction site accident injuries occurring annually as well, the latter fact according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With these astounding statistics, construction site and worker safety is imperative to prevent serious injuries and even fatalities. The following are some examples of common construction accidents that occur in Maryland and across the country: Fall accidents: The leading cause of injury at construction sites, common falls include roof-related falls, crane falls, and scaffolding falls. Scaffolding accidents: An estimated 2.3 million construction workers operate on scaffolding frequently, putting a large number of workers at risk. Electrical accidents: OSHA reports almost 350 construction workers die annually from electrical accidents, including electrocution, steam accidents, electric shock, and power line contact. Fires and explosions: OSHA determined fires and explosions at construction sites have killed more than 200 workers and injured more than 5,000 every year, making these accidents very dangerous. Unsafe or dangerous equipment:[…..]

Annapolis Crane Accident Sends Man to Hospital with Critical Injuries

A man injured in an Annapolis crane accident on Thursday, February 5, 2009, was reported to be stable but in critical condition, according to hospital officials with the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A recent article in the Baltimore Sun said that Edward Cifaldo, 46, of Red Lion, PA, was sitting in the cab of a large construction crane that was lifting heating and cooling units onto the roof of a fitness center under construction. At the time of the report, it was not yet clear how or why the Maryland construction accident occurred, but officials say that a pulley and other heavy equipment fell onto the cab of the crane, which caused Cifaldo to suffer critical injuries. Emergency personnel responding to the scene of the crane accident helped extricate Cifaldo from the wreckage of the crane’s cab and he was airlifted by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The construction accident took place at the Annapolis Towne Center in Parole. This same development was the site of a fatal construction accident 10 months earlier when a crane at the site was being dismantled and a piece of the crane fell on a man and trapped him. Through Steven H. Heisler’s[…..]