Hello everyone, and welcome back to Safety Corner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker's Compensation (DWD/WC) safety blog! I'm using this forum to share some of the current, pertinent safety news and information that I receive from my network of workplace safety professionals and pass along to employers and organizations across Wisconsin.
Falls continue to be the leading cause of death in the construction Industry. There were 320 fatal falls to a lower level out of 1,008 construction fatalities in 2018 (BLS data¹). These deaths are preventable.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) - Construction Sector since 2012 on their annual Fall Prevention Campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented.
OSHA's 2021 "National Stand Down Week for Preventing Falls in Construction" campaign kicks off the week of May 3-7. Visit OSHA's website for more details on how to join in and partner with OSHA – OSHA Stop Falls - Safety Stand Down Campaign (also see OSHA's Stop Falls home page).
May is also National Electric Safety month. The year 2019 saw 166 workplace electrical fatalities, which was a 3.8% increase over 2018 and the highest number of workplace electrical fatalities since 2011.² Electrical safety is also an OSHA Focus Four³ compliance priority.
This year’s campaign theme is Connected to Safety, which delves into the emerging technologies that make both workplace and home safe and efficient. For free-to-share Electric Safety resources, visit National Electric Safety Month. Also visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) website. On Twitter - #NationalElectricalSafetyMonth.
May is National Water Safety Month. As we emerge from the winter doldrums and with the onset of warmer weather, it is human nature to turn our attention to and flock toward waterfront recreational activities. These include water and boating safety.
National Safe Boating Week is also observed May 22-28. For more information visit the Safe Boating Week Campaign. Free boating safety resources can be found year round at the National Safe Boating Council's Safe Boating Council Resources page .
Also with warm weather, our two wheel enthusiasts should check out their respective month of May safety awareness campaigns:
Finally, the month of May also recognizes our Fire/Police/EMS/Trauma first responders, with May 4th leading off as International Fire Fighters (IFFD) recognition day. Additional information honoring each Organization can be accessed at their respective websites:
As a look ahead, June is National Safety Council "National Safety Month." The first week in June is also AHA and Red Cross National CPR and AED Awareness Week. June also has OSHA Trench Safety Stand Down Week, mid-month; and, Wisconsin Heat Awareness and Lightning Safety Days pending. More information to follow as we approach June.
Have a Safe Day, Always!!
Dave Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager - Bio: Dave Leix - CSP, Safety & Risk Manager
Dave brings over 40 years of professional safety and health (EHS) consulting and managerial experience to his role as Safety & Risk Manager for DWD's Worker's Compensation Division. He presents at a variety of association/industry trade group safety and risk management training events. Full bio for Dave Leix.