Workplace safety is a top priority for OSHA. It created the NFPA 70E standard several years ago to ensure that workers in North Carolina and throughout the country are safe from electrical hazards. Ideally, companies will see the standard as a set of guidelines that can be followed to their benefit. By keeping electrical hazards to a minimum, businesses will have fewer injuries that reduce productivity and cost them money.
Electricity is a major cause of death for those who work in construction. The United States Occupational and Safety Health Administration notes that violation of its electrical standards is one of the top 10 citation areas each year. In 2019, electrocution was the third leading cause of construction worker deaths across the country.
According to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, a serious injury is any incident that causes a person to miss five or more days of work. These injuries in North Carolina and other states are categorized and ranked to find out which incidents are causing the biggest problems for employers and employees. The leading cause in all types of industries was overexertion involving outside sources, which costs the economy more than $13 billion every year.
Employers and employees in North Carolina should focus more on eliminating risks than establishing rigid safety protocols. One key reason is that workers tend to think of workplace safety as something that their employers do on their own. However, workers are acutely aware of the risks that they face whenever performing a task. By focusing more on eliminating risks as opposed to imposing safety tasks, they are more likely to take ownership of the process.
Since 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been carrying out crash tests on the driver's side of vehicles. In 2017, it commenced analyzing the passenger's side as well. Now IIHS researchers have found out something about safety in newer two-row pickup trucks that should be of interest to pickup owners in North Carolina.