Three Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail When Trying to Predict Injuries
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:27

"A study in collaboration with a group of Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that future workplace injuries can be predicted with accuracy rates as high as 80-97 percent. By applying these predictive analytics practices in the real world, construction companies are successfully predicting and preventing workplace injuries, resulting in millions of dollars in savings, stronger safety cultures, and increased workplace productivity.

Hard to believe? Why? Predictive analytics has been used successfully for years in other business functions, such as sales, marketing, and finance. A recent study by Ventana Research claims that predictive analytics has "entered the mainstream." Bain and Company found that companies who adopt "big data" analytics are twice as likely to be in the top quartile of financial performance within their industries.

Predictive analytics works, and now it's being used to save lives on construction job sites around the globe. Nonetheless, when contractors try to implement predictive analytics, they often struggle with three main challenges."

 

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OT Agencies, USFA Produce Best Practices Document for Crude Oil Emergencies
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:22

"The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, partnering with DOT's Federal Railroad Administration and the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy, have developed a best practices document for emergency responders who are responding to crude oil transportation incidents. They have produced the Commodity Preparedness and Incident Management Reference Sheet, which lists incident management best practices for these emergency responses.The document was produced with an eye toward the increased production from shale reserves in states such as North Dakota and Texas. "Unit trains of crude oil are single commodity trains that generally consist of over 100 tank cars, each carrying approximately 30,000 gallons of crude oil," according to PHMSA.

These trains usually are more than a mile long, so "derailments can cause road closures, create significant detours, and require response from more than one direction to access the scene of the incident," according to the agency. Thousands of gallons of crude may spill, and tank cars may ignite, and "most emergency response organizations will not have the available resources, capabilities or trained personnel to safely and effectively extinguish a fire or contain a spill of this magnitude," according to the agencies, including their apparatus, equipment, and water supplies."

 

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40,000 All-Terrain Vehicles Recalled
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:12

"Arctic Cat has recalled about 40,000 model year 2008 and 2009 all-terrain vehicles after discovering that components in the front gear case can fail, posing a risk of loss of control and crash hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's release said Arctic Cat has received 44 reports of components in the front gear case failing, including 10 reports of the vehicle stopping abruptly or the operator losing of control of the ATV. Arctic Cat has received four reports of injury, including one incident involving a consumer sustaining broken ribs and injuries to a knee and a back.

The recall covers 2008 and 2009 Arctic Cat single-rider and 2 UP style ATVs. All model year 2008 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter and larger engines are being recalled. Single-rider ATVs have one seat and one set of footrests for the operator. 2 UP ATVs have an elongated seat designed to hold one passenger behind the operator, a set of hand-holds mounted to the rear frame for the passenger and two sets of footrests. The recalled ATVs came in a variety of colors and have the name Arctic Cat on each side of the fuel tank and on the front above the grill opening.

Owners of these ATVs are asked to contact the company at 800-279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT weekdays or to visit www.arcticcat.com and click on Customer Care, then Product Recall, and then List of Safety Bulletins for more information."

 

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NSC Urging Employers to Prepare for Ebola Contamination
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:08

"The National Safety Council is urging employers in the health care sector, as well as those most likely to come into contact with the Ebola virus, to prepare their staffs on the proper protocols of identifying and treating people affected with the Ebola virus before contamination occurs. The statement says Ebola is a threat that any workplace could face, so employers, particularly those with a high risk of exposure, need to be prepared.

A press release sent out by the organization said employers need to assess their risk of Ebola exposure and ensure procedures are in place to effectively control transmission. Training and practice were considered imperative for all employees who could be exposed to the virus, including part-time, temporary, and contract workers.

A list of necessary workplace training topics includes: wearing protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection; practicing proper infection control and sterilization measures; isolating patients with Ebola from other patients; avoiding direct contact with the bodies of people who have died from Ebola; and notifying health officials if you have had direct contact with blood or body fluids."

 

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