A new survey by FindLaw.com says 21% of U.S. workers have missed time at work because of an injury suffered on the job. The survey also breaks out the most common types of injuries and who is more likely to suffer a serious injury at work.
It’s long been a subject of debate among safety pros: Do safety incentive programs reduce injuries, or do they encourage workers not to report when they get hurt? It seems OSHA has weighed in on the issue, buried within a directive for its inspectors.
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: In light of the disaster earlier this year, BP says safety and risk management are the company’s “most urgent priority.”
OSHA administrator David Michaels says safety incentive programs based primarily on injury numbers often discourage employees from reporting injuries. Now Michaels has more support for that position.
A worker reports an injury. An investigation shows the injury was caused because the worker ignored a safety rule. Under company policy, the employee is disciplined. Now, other workers aren’t reporting injuries because they don’t want to be disciplined. What do you do?
A federal court has denied a request to temporarily stop part of OSHA’s updated recordkeeping rule that would prohibit companies from using certain types of drug testing and safety incentives.
Safety pros have debated for years the effectiveness of incentive programs that reward good safety records.
OSHA has issued a memo that it hopes will clear up some confusion over whether certain drug testing and safety incentive programs aren’t permitted under its 2016 recordkeeping regulation.
When a company says its safety goal is zero injuries, do employees understand that’s different than zero risk reports?
A worker says he was fired for refusing to wear a sticker with the number “666” on it, designating the number of injury-free days at the plant. He wouldn’t wear the number because it’s a mark of the devil. Now he’s suing for religious discrimination.
(Analysis from the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in San Diego) One thing is clear after attending three days of sessions at this year’s National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo: Injury rates are no longer considered the best measure of a company’s safety program by many safety pros.
Two new reports suggest that changes in state workers’ comp laws could be having an unintended consequence: an increase in occupational injuries. Is the mantra “safety saves money” behind all this?
What will some people do to get their safety bonus? One safety manager hid more than 80 injuries to get a $2.5 million payout.
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