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Mike Ferrara

Falls Are Most Common Types Of Contruction Site Injuries

According to the National Center for Personal Injury Protection and Control, one out of every 10 US construction workers is accidentally injured every year. In 2003, 400,000 people suffered construction accident injuries so severe that they were forced to miss work that same year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2005 a total of 4.2 million injuries and illnesses were reported in…

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Construction Collapse in Mall North of Boston – No One Seriously Hurt

The Northshore Mall in Peabody has ducked a tragedy. The existing Macy’s is being demolished and will be replaced by a Nordstrom’s. During the early morning demolition, a chimney collapsed and destroyed some existing stores. There was only one minor injury. If it had happened several hours later when the stores were full, the result would have been horrendous. It is still…

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AMA Journal Reports 3.4M Work Injuries In Single Year – Job Safety Rules Need to be Stronger

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has reported the number of workplace injuries or illnesses that required visits to the emergency rooms of hospitals topped 3.4 million workers. The latest data, reported in this weeks edition, was from data analyzed from 2004. Workers under the age of 25 had the highest rate of injury. More than three-fourths of the injuries involved…

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Another Worker Electrocuted On the Job – All Employers Must Pay More Attention To Job Safety

In a sad and continuing saga of needless deaths, a tree trimmer in Austin, TX was killed today when he came in contact with a power line. The employer, Austin Energy, did not immediately release the workers name. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has been called in to investigate. All employers must take the necessary steps to insure the safety of their workers. …

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Another Workplace Accident Causes Death – OSHA Needs To Get Tougher

It’s hard to belive, but another contruction site worker fell to his death today in North Dakota. The worker was identified as Terry Helsene, 33, of Minnesota. He fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft at his work place. The Occupational Heath and Safety Administration is investigating. However, OSHA must not be doing a very good job on these cases. There must be stricter penalties for…

Mike Ferrara

Another Construction Site Fall – This One at the U. of Illinois

Despite the strict fall protection rules of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), workers continue to fall at construction sites. The latest fall occurred today at the stadium of the University of Illinois in Champagne. The worker fell 20-25 feet and suffered a head injury. Project managers, general contractors, sub-contractors and project owners must do more to stop…

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Utility Company Goes 3M Hours Without Workplace Injury – Last Injury in 1992

Every CEO should strive to achieve the record accomplished by Cleveland Utilities. Today marked the 3 millionth hour without a work related injury. The last injury was 15 years ago in March, 1992. A company spokesperson Tim Henderson said employees encounter different dangers each day in the utility industry, anywhere from the slightest slip or fall to a major accident which could leave…

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Another Work Accident – Another Needless Death

Ralph A. Kraeger, 45, becomes the latest workplace accident victim. He died 13 days after he was critically hurt in a work accident. This incident in Nebraska serves to remind us all that there are far too many workers killed and injured in workplace accidents. Employers and general contractors can do more to stop these tragedies from occurring.

Mike Ferrara

AMA Reports 5,702 Fatal Worksite Accidents

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that in 2005 there were 5,702 work related deaths in the United States. The good news is that is an 8% reduction in the number of deaths since 1992. The bad news is that each of these deaths was avoidable. Owners and contractors need to step up their efforts to insure worker safety. ITT, a major corporation, has set a goal of zero…

Mike Ferrara

Worksite Safety Needs To Be Fixed: 2 Million Injuries and 6,000 Deaths Is Unacceptable. ITT Tries to Reach Zero Injury Goal

The number of workers dying on the job this year will reach almost 6,000. More than two million will be seriously injured. Another 50,000 or more will die from cancer, lung and heart ailments and other occupational diseases caused by exposure to toxic substances.The financial toll will also be high: more than $3 billion in health care expenses and other costs to employers and workers, such as…