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Top 10 safety stories of 2014

As the late Casey Kasem used to say, “As the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger.” Here are, according to your clicks, the most popular posts on Safety News Alert in 2014:

  1. 2 die in cesspit trying to retrieve cell phone. No piece of equipment, no matter how expensive, is worth risking a life over.
  2. Top 10 OSHA violations in 2014. You can bet that, if applicable, OSHA inspectors will check for these violations during most inspections.
  3. Worker says safety manager followed him to hospital to avoid lost time injury record. There are proactive ways to make sure you have fewer lost time cases on your OSHA injury record. This isn’t one of them.
  4. Drunk, injured on beach: He wants workers’ comp. If an employee has to travel for work, there are certain situations in which workers’ comp will cover injuries suffered while traveling. This isn’t one of them.
  5. Injured pulling out of employer’s parking lot: Workers’ comp? The question in this case: Was the parking lot part of the employer’s premises?
  6. Injured worker tests positive for pot: Will he get workers’ comp? As more states approve medical and/or recreational marijuana, these questions will become more common.
  7. Tree trimmer killed in wood chipper. Wood chippers are responsible for more than 200 injuries each year.
  8. 80% mistakenly believe this is a safe work practice. And a survey shows many employees admit to performing this unsafe behavior.
  9. How do new state pot laws affect workplace drug policies? This year’s elections produced even more states legalizing some form of marijuana use.
  10. Top 10 OSHA trends to watch in 2014. How did we do predicting occupational safety trends for 2014? Pretty good, if we must say so ourselves.
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