1 month ago
August 14, 2014
By Elaine Fischer
It can happen in an instant in any workplace or occupation. You’re walking along just thinking about things you need to do or places to be (or worse, looking at your phone) and suddenly you slip, trip or fall.
If you’re lucky, you get up, brush off and go on your way.
Or you might pull a Pee Wee Herman — get up, look around and say, “I meant to do that!”
If you’re not so lucky, you might suffer a sprain or strain, broken bones, a head injury or other serious injury.
We know you wouldn’t mean to do that, but it happens all the time. Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of serious injuries and worker hospitalizations in Washington State. And sadly, a number of workers die each year from a fall or complications of their injuries. Others are left permanently disabled.
That’s why L&I started the Eye on Safety video campaign – to raise awareness of slips, trips and falls.
At EyeOnSafety.info, you’ll find 1-minute video shorts that raise awareness about everyday safety hazards. These and many other online videos are great for safety meetings, tool-box talks or safety training in any workplace.
They’re free and available 24/7. Check out this great resource soon. New videos are added regularly, so visit often.
And now that we brought it up, you’re probably thinking about that famous Pee Wee Herman scene, so here it is: I meant to do that!
1 month ago
August 18, 2014
By Christopher Bowe
Less than a year after its launch, the Logger Safety Initiative (LSI) has enrolled 103 logging employers and 9 forestry landowners! By joining LSI, logging employers and landowners are committing to taking the lead in ensuring worker health and safety is the #1 priority, and assuring accountability for safety on the worksite.
As you’re probably aware, logging is a hazardous industry. The injury rate and the severity of those injuries in non-mechanized (manual) logging are high. As a result, the base rate premiums in the manual logging risk class exceed $20 per worker hour. In 2013, the logging industry, along with concerned landowners and the Department of Natural Resources, partnered with L&I in the search of some reasonable ways to assist employers with safety and health issues out in the woods. Out of this collaborative effort came the LSI program.
LSI is a collaborative effort that provides voluntary improvements to worker protection and safety.
Logging companies that enroll in LSI commit to creating a safe and healthy workplace through rigorous training, education, and implementation of an accident prevention program that contains the LSI certification requirements for safe work practices.
Firms that sign up enter into a tiered discount on workers’ compensation premium rates, which allows them to invest into their safety and health program. Logging firms must pass an independent third-party safety audit verification of the LSI Logger Safety Program in order to become LSI certified.
While the focus is on the manual or hand-cutting side of operations, the overarching goal is to create a culture of “safety first” for all logging industry employers and workers.
2 weeks ago
September 8, 2014
By Aaron Hoffman and Elaine Fischer
Do you get the feeling these guys are looking down on the rest of us?
An L&I inspector took these pictures while out in the field.
Lack of fall protection was the fourth most common workplace safety violation cited by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in 2013. Cutting corners while exposed to falls is a deadly combination that can lead to serious tragedy.
If you need help with workplace safety and health issues, or if you just have questions, contact L&I’s Consultation Services for help. You can get free and confidential help from safety and health experts!