In their recent report on 2011 incidence rates for the U.S. workforce, BLS noted that “The rate reported for 2011 was unchanged for the first time in a decade during which the total recordable cases (TRC) injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers declined significantly each year since 2002.” Translation: rates had gone down each year since 2002, but in 2011 they stayed the same as 2010. So with no improvement last year, what went wrong? Maybe nothing.
A few weeks ago I wrote about how my experience working in the concession stand at a high school football game inspired me to encourage employers to first seriously consider general conditions and physical and mental stresses to which the workforce is subjected before they blame workers for accidents and injuries.
Part 2 of the Keys to a safe & healthy workforce blog series
Work-related stress can kill.
I used to give weekly depositions on the status of patients who were referred to me for the resolution of contested workers’ compensation cases.
When I first heard the word “Lean,” I thought about it in the context of physical fitness – a perfect balance between fat and muscle.
Workplace health and safety is not just about being compliant with regulatory agencies. Although health care organizations are highly regulated and the hazards are diverse, caring for employees requires a “whole-person’ approach.
Last night, being the fourth of July, was about watching fireworks. In my county, the drought has forced a burn-ban that precluded any legal displays, so our shows were all in high-definition from the air-conditioned comfort of the living room. I have to admit it was pretty nice on a 65-inch plasma. No crowds and plenty of hamburgers. One of the displays telecast live from above reminded me of what I was doing exactly two years ago that night.
It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have full authority to direct all public and private resources to stop or prevent a release.
When a dollar sign is followed by a slew of zeros, it can be hard to grasp the implications in economic and human terms.