During a recent congressional appropriations hearing, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta explained that he expects the number of inspections to increase this year when Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) new hires complete their training. Acosta also pointed out that despite the attrition of agency staff, the amount of inspections in 2018 remained greater than 2016 and that fatalities and injuries both decreased from 2016 to 2017.
Housekeeping is crucial to preventing slips, trips and falls, eliminating fire hazards and reducing the chance of falling objects. The NSC has a five-minute safety talk document that provides tips for housekeeping practices in the workplace. The document is available in English and Spanish.
The NSC will be hosting a webinar on April 23 to continue Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The 90-minute presentation will highlight risks of distracted driving and what companies are doing to help mitigate those risks.
Construction falls consistently account for one-third of on-the-job deaths in the construction industry. Seven years ago, several organizations and administrations launched a campaign to educate those in the industry on how to prevent falls. This year's National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will occur the week of May 6.