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Contact with Objects and Equipment Leading Cause of Fatalities in Manufacturing

A recent NIOSH publication reports that nearly 690,000 non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses occurred in 2008 in the manufacturing industry. More than half of these occurrences reported days away from work, job transfer or restriction. Over 400 workers experienced fatalities in 2008. The leading cause of manufacturing fatalities was contact with objects or equipment, transportation incidents and falls. Contact with objects or equipment is also cited as the leading cause of days away from work

The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) has compiled a series of recommendations to follow in reducing contact with objects/equipment related injuries:

  • Assess data, machines and the work environment and communicate potential hazards and results to various departments and teams
  • Form a training program to review and evaluate standards for machine safety. Determine the best practices for communication of machine-related hazards.
  • Adopt design recommendations and disseminated best practices guidelines and programs through partnerships with employers, trade associations, labor unions and others

For more information and tips regarding machine contact/equipment injuries as well as the NORA Manufacturing Sector, click here.

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