1. Workplace Safety and Wearables by the Numbers

    Statistics show how prevalent injuries are among industrial and frontline workers—and how wearables can ease the burden on both workers and employees.

    Frontline and industrial workers comprise 80% of the global workforce. They’re delivery drivers, healthcare providers, housekeepers, manufacturing line workers, warehouse packers, grocery stockers, restaurant servers and more.

    While these 2.7 billion workers span multiple industries, one common concern they all share is safety. Industrial and frontline employees perform tasks that are often labor-intensive and can, in and of themselves, be hazardous. In fact, nearly 1 million workplace injuries occur each day in the world.

    This high number of injuries suggests that safety among this critical workforce is in crisis. Many companies only invest in minimal safety personnel, equipment or training, mos

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  2. Protecting Workers from Trench Collapses

    Trench-related deaths were on the rise in the first six months of 2022. Twenty-two workers died from trenching and excavation-related incidents in this time frame. In 2021, only 15 workers died the entire year.

    From 2003 to 2017, 373 workers lost their lives to trench-related incidents, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

    Working in a trench presents many hazards for workers, including trench collapses. NIOSH sums up the dangers of trench collapses in two simple sentences: “A small amount of dirt may not seem dangerous, but one square yard can weigh more than 3,000 pounds—the weight of a compact car. This small amount of dirt is enough to fatally crush and suffocate workers.”

    How can employers keep workers safe from these collapses? OSHA provides these recommendations.

    1. Workers must
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  3. Drone use in construction can distract workers and increase risk of falls: CPWR

    Silver Spring, MD — As the use of drone technology in the construction industry expands, so too do safety concerns related to worker distraction and potential collisions while operating at height.

    That’s the conclusion of researchers from CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, who in a recent study analyzed the behaviors of 153 participants “with varying construction experience” in a virtual construction site.

    Findings show that working with or near drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, “reduces the attention workers devote to the task at hand, which could result in falls when they are at height.” Workers operating while drones were 12 and 25 feet away looked away from job tasks more frequently than when drones were 1.5 and 4 feet away.

    Additionally, working with drones at any distance contributes to “significant” psychological or

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  4. Employee engagement’s impact on safety

    Some research studies have found a significant positive correlation between employee engagement and safety outcomes. These findings indicated that engaged employees were five times less likely than non-engaged employees to have a safety-related incident and seven times less likely to have a lost-time incident. The average cost of a safety incident was six times lower for engaged employees compared to non-engaged ones.

    Gallup conducted a global study of over 1.8 million employees and found that organization with workers in the top quartile of engagement had 70% fewer incidents than those in the bottom quartile. So engaged employees not only have fewer incidents but those that do occur are significantly less costly and more than likely allows workers to get back to work far more quickly.

    Engagement and construction .

    In reality
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  5. NIOSH seeks input on respirator approval

    On November 28, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) asked for public comment on its program for certifying approved respiratory protection devices.

    NIOSH is authorized by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977 to test and approve respirators used by construction workers, miners, painters, asbestos removal workers, fabric mill workers, firefighters, and other workers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) also require the use of NIOSH-approved respirators.

    The institute separately tests respirators used in health care under a memorandum of understanding with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Respiratory protection manufacturers apply for NIOSH approval using the Standard Application Form for the Approval of Respirators

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  6. How to Make an Impact as Safety Professionals

    Ask any safety professional what drives or motivates them to get out of bed in the morning and you’ll probably get 1,000 different answers. Some people may be motivated by their experience working in the industry, some may be motivated by combat experience, some may be motivated by their desire to help people and some may be motivated by money; the point is, we’re all motivated by something. While it’s great to know what motivates you, it’s even more important to ask yourself, “what impact do I want to make today?”

    As someone who spent over a decade working as a paramedic on the streets, I’ve seen and dealt with many catastrophic injuries and illnesses that resulted from unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviors. These were horrible experiences, but these experiences are what made an impact in my life and motivated me to get into safety. The thoughts “what if I could be m

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  7. Training the multigenerational workforce

    There are five generations represented in today’s workforce, each with their own values and attitudes – and they all need safety training. But why should you take each generation into consideration for your safety training?

    Making sure everyone is engaged is essential because an engaged environment is a safe environment. Research shows that 70% fewer safety incidents occur in engaged workplaces.

    Focus areas

    The core question is: Do generational differences really matter when it comes to training? The answer is a resounding yes.

    Here’s why: When it comes to training and development, each generation has a different focus.

    • The Traditionalist Generation (1925-46) is looking for career longevity, so this generation will say, “What skills will sustain me at this organization?”
    • The B
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  8. OSHA seeking nominees for construction advisory committee

    Washington — OSHA is accepting nominations for its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health.

    The committee advises the Department of Labor and OSHA on upcoming standards affecting the construction industry and “the administration of safety and health provisions” in the Construction Safety Act of 1969.

    ACCSH consists of 15 members who are appointed by the labor secretary. All but one of the current members’ terms are set to expire May 14, according to OSHA. G. Scott Earnest, associate director of the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health, has an indefinite term.

    Of the 14 other members, five are employer representatives, five are employee representatives, two are public representatives “qualified by knowledge and experience to make a useful contribution to the work of ACCSH,” and two are from state governments.

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  9. 4 things construction companies can do to optimize safety training for Gen Z

    Safety is important in any field, but the stakes are particularly high for construction. Case in point: fall protection was the most commonly cited OSHA violation in 2021.

    Most construction leaders recognize the dangers of their profession – and how inadequate safety training contributes to that danger. But establishing a comprehensive training program isn’t easy, especially with a cross-generational workforce.

    Here, I’ll share four ways you can optimize your training for the latest generation that’s joined the workforce (Gen Z) and how doing so can improve the level of safety at your construction site.

    1. Make your lessons bite-sized

    A now-famous study from 2017 revealed that today’s employees are only able to dedicate around one percent of their time, or 24 minutes per week, to learning and development. And while Gen Z is

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  10. Improving this workplace system may lead to better safety outcomes

    Iowa City, IA — Organizations seeking better safety results should adopt a more precise accounting system, a group of international researchers suggests.

    The researchers looked at establishment-level injury data from OSHA for around 1,300 firms. They also relied on other measures to gauge the level of information quality in accounting statements, including the accuracy of earnings forecasts and error-driven restatements.

    Findings show that better information quality was linked to “significantly lower” rates of workplace injuries. In the organizations in which decision-making more often comes from their branches than headquarters, the association was stronger.

    “High information quality can increase the awareness of managers and stakeholders to workplace safety and thus motivate them to improve safety,” study co-author Danye Wang, an assist

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