OSHA Compliance

OSHA has helped Reduce the Number of Workplace Fall Injuries

OSHA has helped Reduce the Number of Workplace Fall Injuries
The number of workplace fall injuries have drastically reduced. But this drastic change could only be made possible with the help of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA is primarily, a regulatory agency, that ensures workplace safety by issuing and enforcing certain health and safety standards and regulations.

The compliance assistance specialist with the St. Louis Area Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mr.Mark Minicky, recently spoke about these workplace injury trends at the annual Business Health Summit, which was held at the Saint Francis Medical Center.

In 2003, 5 out of every 100 workers sustained an OSHA-reportable injury. In 2008, 3.9 of every 100 workers sustained an OSHA-reportable injury. More over, the number of workplace fatalities have also dropped, from 5,214 people in 2008 to nearly 4,340 in 2009.

Mr.Mark Minicky, said that,"This is somewhat reflective of the downturn in the economy. There is less activity going on, particularly less construction," he went on to say that,"We saw that concrete products had among the highest injury and illness rate. We felt like that was an area where we could make the most impact."

He concluded his speech, by stating that,"Preventing this is something our agency is putting a lot of emphasis on."

In Toto, it is interesting to know that the second highest cause of fatalities is falls, which is followed by workplace homicides and finally is being struck by an object. But on a nationwide level, nearly 58 percent of OSHA inspections are conducted in the construction industry.

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