In mid-November, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its rules related to slip, trip and fall safety of Walking-Working Surfaces. OSHA says it hopes to prevent 29 deaths and nearly 6,000 injuries nationwide every year under the new guidelines.
Construction on a new addition to the Kent County Jail was halted recently on account of a crane collapse. The crane was picking up a load when a cable snapped and sent part of the crane into an older portion of the jail building. As a result, part of the roof collapsed causing additional damage to the building's water and electrical lines.
For retailers, Black Friday is the most important (and anticipated) shopping day of the year. Many stores hire temporary workers to stock and prepare additional inventory. With a crush of anticipated shoppers and untrained employees, the risk of accidents only increases. Many people remember the deadly stampede that killed a Wal-Mart employee during a Black Friday rush in 2008.
The latest National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (NCFOI), conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reveals a decline in workplace injuries and death between 2008 and 2009. Although the new data seems to imply that workplace safety has increased, some experts, including those at the AFL-CIO, believe that the recession, not improved safety regulations, is the reason for the drop.