Thursday, June 16, 2005

ASSE: Changes in Safety Practice Needed to Prevent Serious Injuries

It doesn't appear to be getting any better ...

"Citing an "adverse trend" in the number of serious work injuries and the average cost of workers' compensation claims, veteran safety expert Fred Manuele called for safety professionals to take steps to assess their organization's experience with severe injuries and determine how to prevent them.

At an ASSE session titled "Preventing Fatalities and Serious Injuries: What are We Missing?" Manuele, president of Hazards Ltd., showed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the percentage of nonfatal injuries and illnesses involving 20 or less days away from work had fallen from 1995 to 2001. However, for incidents involving 21-30 days, there was a slight increase and for 31 or more days, the increase was nearly 23 percent.

Manuele's conclusion is that "the frequency of worker injuries is down; serious injuries are more prominent within the entirety of the lost-worktime cases reported; and average workers' compensation claims costs have risen at a remarkable rate."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

Injury - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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