OSHA Launches Campaign to Address Fatalities in the Workplace

A rise in fatality inspections in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska has OSHA calling on employers to rethink their approaches to worker safety.

OSHA recently launched its Safe and Sound Campaign to make companies more aware of the services it offers as well as address some common hazards in the region that have led to fatalities including confined space and struck-by incidents.

The Administration reports that each year, more than 4 million workers suffer serious job-related injuries or illnesses. These incidents don’t just hurt workers and their families, but can hurt businesses in a variety of ways. Companies spend $1 billion per week on workers’ compensation, which is money that could be better invested in growing small businesses and creating jobs.

OSHA conducted 12 fatality inspections in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska since Oct. 1, 2016, up from seven for the same period of Oct. 1, 2015 through Feb. 1, 2016, and found a significant increase in fatalities associated with confined space entry and trenching and excavating.

In addition, fatalities involving workers being struck by motor vehicles doubled from two to four persons for the same time period.

The message of the campaign, OSHA said, is that compliance assistance, tips, consultation for small- and medium-sized businesses, educational materials, training and other information is available to employers at no charge.

Kim Stille, OSHA’s Regional Administrator in Kansas City said in a statement. “By identifying and controlling job-related hazards that can lead to injuries and illnesses, businesses can improve their safety and health programs, save money and improve competitiveness.”