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Health and safety risks at the workplace

A joint analysis of three major surveys
This report presents the key findings of a joint analysis of EU-OSHA's second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2), Eurostat's Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2013 ad hoc module on accidents at work and other work-related health problems, and Eurofound's 6th European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS).
The aim was to have a comprehensive overview of the state of OSH in Europe by bringing together, on the one hand, the perspectives of establishments on risk management and risk awareness, and on the other, those of workers on exposure to risks and OSH outcomes.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/en/tools-and-publications/publications/health-and-safety-risks-workplace-joint-analysis-three-major/view

Occupational health: The value proposition

This report synthesises the evidence from the scientific and wider literature to help illustrate and publicise the benefits that occupational health services provide to employers, workers and to the economy.
The evidence demonstrates that there is a rounded business case for investment in occupational health services. Well-integrated and supported workplace health initiatives have been shown to be associated with better employee health status and productivity in the workplace. Research supports the proposition that investments in occupational health add value through reduced costs associated with the prevention of ill health, improved productivity and a range of intangible benefits.

Source: https://www.som.org.uk/sites/som.org.uk/files/Occupational%20health%20-%20the%20value%20proposition.pdf

Road transport industry profile - Australia

The Road transport industry profile contains summary data relating to injuries incurred by workers employed in the road transport industry as well as work-related fatalities. It is a useful resource for anyone with an interest in work-related injuries and fatalities in the road transport industry.

Source: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/road-transport-industry-profile

Occupational risks, accidents on sites and economic performance of construction firms

This paper examines the relationships among site risk, accident rate and firm economic performance in construction industry. We first assess safety levels on site using a specific tool we have developed, CONSRAT. We have examined during 6 years (2004–2009) 502 construction sites of 272 Spanish companies in Mallorca. We built a panel data with these safety assessments, the firm financial performance and the accident rates.
Our general hypotheses are that risk on site has an effect on accident rates and the accident rates affects firm economic performance. On one hand, we obtain a significant positive linear relationship between site risk and accident rate. On the other hand, we find a significant quadratic relationship (inverted U shape) between accident rate and economic firm performance. Our empirical evidences suggest a complex relationship between those variables. Specifically, for a low range of accidents we can observe that company profitability increases while accident rate grows up, arriving to a tipping point from which more additional accidents will reduce the company profitability.
These results suggest that we need policies to control accident rates, since the total cost of accidents by itself might not be enough to influence firms to invest in safety prevention.

Source: Forteza, F. J., Carretero-Gómez, J. M., & Sese, A. (2017). Safety science, 94, 61-76.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2017.01.003

The challenges of ageing at work displayed in country infographics

A comprehensive overview of occupational safety and health (OSH) aspects related to the challenges of an ageing workforce is presented in country infographics  uploaded on our visualisation tool on ageing and OSH .
The 31 country infographics depict thought-provoking facts and figures about the working conditions and health, labour market participation and policies linked to ageing at work in the corresponding European country. One more infographic illustrates the full EU landscape of the subject.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/fr/oshnews/challenges-ageing-work-displayed-country-infographics

Occupational Fatalities Resulting from Falls in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry, United States, 2005–2014

During 2003–2013, fatality rates for oil and gas extraction workers decreased for all causes of death except those associated with fall events, which increased 2% annually during 2003–2013 (1). To better understand risk factors for these events, CDC examined fatal fall events in the oil and gas extraction industry during 2005–2014 using data from case investigations conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Sixty-three fatal falls were identified, accounting for 15% of all fatal events. Among fatal falls, 33 (52%) workers fell from a height of >30 feet (9 meters), and 22 (35%) fell from the derrick board, the elevated work platform located in the derrick (structure used to support machinery on a drilling rig). Fall fatalities occurred most frequently when drilling rigs were being assembled or disassembled at the well site (rigging up or rigging down) (14; 22%) or when workers were removing or inserting drill pipe into the wellbore (14; 22%). Measures that target derrickmen and workers engaged in assembling and disassembling drilling rigs (rigging up and down) could reduce falls in this industry. Companies should annually update their fall protection plans and ensure effective fall prevention programs are in place for workers at highest risk for falls, including providing trainings on proper use, fit, and inspection of personal protective equipment.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6616a2.htm?s_cid=mm6616a2_e

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