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Most workplace incidents are both predictable and preventable

According to a report published into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safe Sound, most workplace illnesses and injuries can be both predicted and prevented. One of the best ways to avoid these incidents is for workers and their supervisors to gain a better understanding as to which ones have occurred in the past and why.

OSHA’s 300 log is a great place to start for those wanting to gain a better perspective about injuring accidents in a particular industry. All employers with 10 or more workers must fill out this log detailing illnesses or injuries its employees have suffered in the workplace.

When documenting them, they have to describe when and where they’ve happened and how often they’ve occurred. They’re also required to detail whether the worker was carrying out certain tasks or activities or using certain equipment when it happened.

An employer filling out this log must also write down the employee’s name, job title and how many days the employee missed work or was on restricted duty because of it.

OSHA requires that employers preserve these logs for at least five years. Any new illnesses or injuries that occur during that period must also be documented on it. The expectation of OSHA officials is that employers will be motivated to identify pattern problem behavior by keeping track of these incidents.

For example, if there are several reports of back injuries, then it may send them a message that they need to train employees how to lift things more effectively. It may also emphasize the need for improved equipment to help with heavy lifting.

OSHA suggests that supervisors should regularly review records for trends in injuries and illnesses and try to think of ways to improve workplace safety. They recommend that employers bring their workers into these strategy sessions as well.

From repetitive stress or head injuries to cardiovascular disease, these are some of the many conditions that may set in on the job that may ultimately prevent someone from working. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict guidelines as to what is considered a disabling injury or illness. A Dauphin workplace injuries attorney can let you know if your condition qualifies you to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).


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