National Safety Month

For General Industry

June 15, 2021

June is National Safety Month.  This blog post will review the most recent statistics in General Industry to give you ideas on where to focus your efforts in order to have the greatest impact. 

OSHA defines “general industry” as all industries not including agriculture, construction or maritime, which are covered by their own standards.  With this in mind, general industry covers many different types of industries and reviewing safety measures can seem overwhelming.  To find focus, it makes sense to begin by reviewing key statistics on where best to concentrate your efforts and resources. 

The following are the top 5 most cited OSHA standards in FY20:

  1. Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  2. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134)
  3. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147)
  4. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178)
  5. Machinery and Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212)

Workplace fatalities according to Bureau of Labor Statistics =

  • Rose from 4,836 in 2015 to 5,333 in 2019. 
  • 1.6% increase from the previous year and the highest recorded number of fatalities since 2007 at 5,657.
  • Transportation remains the number 1 fatal event at 2,122 a 2% increase from the previous year, with drivers, truck drivers and sales personnel totaling 1,055 fatalities. 
  • Slips/Trips/Falls rose 11.3% to 880.

Top 10 workplace injuries according to Liberty Mutual

  1. Handling Objects - $13.98B
  2. Falls on same level - $10.84B
  3. Being hit by objects - $6.12B
  4. Falls to lower level - $5.71B
  5. Awkward postures - $4.69B
  6. Vehicle crashes - $3.56B
  7. Slip or trip without fall - $2.06B
  8. Repetitive Motion involving micro tasks - $2.05B
  9. Colliding with objects - $2B
  10. Running equipment or machines – $1.92B

All of these statistics can be used to help focus Safety teams and committees to target those areas that are more likely to result in death, injury to the worker, or citation from OSHA.  Programs such as hazard awareness, site inspection training, and behavior based safety can empower your workforce to identify hazards and unsafe behaviors and make recommendations for corrections.  Incident Investigation training for supervisors can assist leaders to determine the “root cause” of incidents and provide remediation to prevent further injuries.

Everyone is encouraged to take a hard look at the written programs, workforce behaviors, and physical conditions of your workplace to determine the weak links in your safety program.  Your local MMA Safety Consultant will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you have to install or improve existing safety measures.

This is the 25th anniversary of National Safety Council’s National Safety Month.  NSC also provides a wealth of resources and weekly topics.  For more information, please see https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/get-involved/national-safety-month or https://www.ehs.com/nationalsafetymonth/