A new fatality database can help workers avoid death dangers and help managers predict which jobs generate risk. Hear how most accidents are preventable.
The National Council For Occupational Safety And Health created the database. It is compiled by volunteers dedicated to workplace safety.
In this podcast, Dan Clark details the 2015 fatality database and how it can save lives.
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Dan Clark: Something bothers me about workplace safety. There is not enough of it. We know how to prevent people from getting killed, so why do we have over 4500 on-the-job fatalities in the US every year?
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Don’t call them accidents. Most deaths in the workplace are predictable and preventable.
• “Somebody didn’t use this.”
• “Somebody didn’t provide that.”
• “Somebody didn’t fix something.”
All preventable and predictable.
The National Council For Occupational Safety And Health, National COSH, says “An accident is an unpredictable event, difficult, if not impossible, to prevent. Like when a meteor lands in your living room.”
Workplace accidents are usually not accidents. They are predictable.
National COSH has been tracking workplace fatalities and recently released a database of them for January through July. Volunteers do the research putting names, and faces on the growing list. The research doesn’t include all deaths in the workplace for 2015. It is a volunteer research project and they are up to over 1000.
Take a look at the National COSH website, COSHnetwork.org. That’s C O S H network.org. The data include:
• A map of the US with a clickable link for each of the over 1000 tragedies.
• A timeline.
• A table of fatalities by industry.
• A diagram of the fatalities by state.
HOW CAN THIS DATABASE SAVE LIVES?
For people working in a particular industry, they can look and see where and how and when fatalities have occurred in their industry. Since most, if not all, of these accidents were preventable, examining the most common occurrences may help with future prevention efforts.
So, company owners, managers and even workers, I urge you to take a look at this database to find out what kind of risks there are in your industry and how to avoid fatalities at your job sites.
Links to each of the database elements that I mentioned are in the transcript of this podcast at thesafetybrief.com.
That’s all for this episode, Fatality Database Could Save Lives. Come back for more ways to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements. I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, a service of Creative Safety Supply. Save 10% off your entire order at creativesafetysupply.com with coupon code BIG10.
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