Recordable Injuries in 2016 - 12/27/2016

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Monday, December 27, 2016


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Recordable Injuries in 2016


Another year coming to an end and, as usual, it came way too quick. Hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday season.

It's the week between Christmas and New Year with Hanukkah falling during the same time, so there is a good chance things might be a little quiet this week except for those who are in retail.

If you happen to be working for a company that is quiet, this is a great time to think about how you are going to handle workplace safety in the upcoming year. To do this, it's a good idea to take a look at what you've done this past year, see how effective it's been in protecting your employees from hazards in the workplace and then use that information to make your program more effective in 2017.

So let's start by looking at 2016 workplace accidents.

Did your company have any recordable injuries in 2016? You know, the ones that have to be included on a company's OSHA 300 Log if they have 11 or more employees? Not sure what's considered a recordable injury? Check out this OSHA 300 Link to learn more.

When considering accidents, don't stop at only recordable injuries. Those that resulted in a scrape or a cut that only resulted in a band aid or two are worth reviewing. When reviewing these accidents, you'll often find that they could have ended much worse, so it's good to understand how they came about so you can look for ways to protect your employees in the future.

If you find that your company hasn't had any recordable injuries in 2016, don't get the idea that you don't need to do anything to improve safety in 2017. There's always something you can do to improve.

Now let's look at near miss situations.

Did you see or did anyone report a near miss situation that could have resulted in injury? Often these are not really reported. They just come up in conversations, maybe during coffee breaks or lunch. One employee is telling another about how lucky they were when they... well I'm sure you've heard on of these stories before or maybe you've told one yourself. I know I have.

When reviewing near miss situations, you should consider them the same as an actual accident because, again, in your review you'll often see that the end result could have been very serious or even fatal.

Now it's time to review what you actually did in 2016 to help prevent workplace accidents.

Here are the 4 things you should be looking for, at a minimum:

  1. Were your policies and procedures regarding workplace safety up to date and did they meet current OSHA and other regulatory requirements?
  2. Did you communicate your company policies and procedures on safety to your employees? Including such items as safety meetings on a regular basis, new employee orientations, specialized safety training as needed and pointing out safety deficiencies when you see them?
  3. Did you perform regular or frequent jobsite safety inspections?
  4. Did you enforce your company's safety policies and procedures with your employees?

By reviewing 2016 workplace accidents and new miss situations, you'll be able to determine areas you need to concentrate on improving in 2017. Here are just a few items to consider:

  • Were there similar incidents created by falls, being struck by, electrical or other similar hazards?
  • Did the incidents result while working in similar piece of equipment or performing similar types of work?
  • Was one work crew, one shift or one employee involved in more incidents than the others?

Now I know we could make the process of analyzing your safety in 2016 more difficult and I know there are some actually trying, but I believe that if you take the basic information you've collected from the questions above, it will be easy to determine what you need to do to improve workplace safety in 2017.

I hope each of you will do your part to make 2017 the safest year for America's workforce ever and please remember to have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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