Safe States Begin With An “M”, Apparently

By Frank Kenna

A couple of reports out this week show that workplaces in Michigan and Missouri are getting safer.

An article in the Grand Rapids Press says that fatal workplace injuries have dropped to the lowest level since the government began keeping track.  The top causes were self-inflicted injuries, homicide and getting struck by an object. 89% of those killed were male.

To paraphrase, “Workplace safety needs to be a constant focus.  It needs to be driven from the top down as well as the bottom up. Safety needs to be integrated into the framework of companies.  Safety training materials available online have allowed smaller companies to bolster their worker-safety education.”

Over in Missouri, fatal workplace injuries in the state decreased in 2009 from the previous year.  A preliminary total of 142 fatal work injuries were recorded in Missouri in 2009, down about 4 percent from the revised 148 fatal work injuries reported for 2008, according to the Liberty TribuneTransportation safety incidents were the leading cause, followed by agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting sector, followed by the construction sector with 13.

The Missouri Department of Labor says that participating in certain safety training programs can lead to a reduction in workers’ compensation insurance and out-of-pocket expenses, and a decrease in workplace injuries and fatalities. Participating companies can also become exempt from OSHA inspections for three years.

Chart source: http://www.bls.gov/ro5/cfoimi.htm

Sharon Toelle
November 12, 2010

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