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1 ACCIDENTS & PREVENTION Nancy Ikeda, Safety Manager Oregon/SW Washington Market Comcast Cable Communications

2 ACCIDENT STATISTICS Oregon OSHA web site:

3 ACCIDENTS Most Frequent Nature of Injury Strains, Sprains & Tears Fractures Bruises & Contusions Dislocations Musculoskeletal & Connective Tissue Disorders 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%

4 ACCIDENTS Most Frequent Part of Injury Back Trunk Knee(s) Ankle(s) Writs(s) 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%

5 ACCIDENTS Most Frequent Event of Injury Overexertion Bodily Reaction Struck By/Against Object Fall From Elevation Fall to Same Level 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35%

6 ACCIDENTS Repeat Claims 1st Claim 3rd Claim 5th Claim 2nd Claim 4th Claim TOTAL REPEATERS 60% 50% 40% 30% 47% 53% 20% 10% 0% 25% 15% 12% 1%

7 ACCIDENTS What Are The Odds 1 29 Serious Injury/High $ Loss Minor Injury/Minimal $ Loss 300??? Incident (Near Miss) Unsafe Acts H.W. Heinrich s Pyramid (1931) (modified)

8 ACCIDENTS Oregon Fatalities *

9 ACCIDENTS Oregon Fatalities Of the 41 work-related fatalities in % (16) of the workers had been employed for one year or less at the time of their injury, including 5 workers killed during the first month of employment! 61% were employed longer than one year.

10 ACCIDENTS Oregon Fatalities Of the 41 work-related fatalities in were men and 3 were women. Median age of these workers was 41 years. Youngest worker killed was a 16 years. Oldest worked killed was 75 years.

11 ACCIDENTS Oregon Transportation Fatalities Transportation accidents resulted in the greatest number of work related fatalities with a total of 22 deaths. Collisions Overturned vehicles Workers struck or pinned by vehicles

12 ACCIDENTS Highest Risk Incidents Telecommunication s employees are at risk of serious injuries from: Vehicle Crashes Working in/around Traffic Falling from ladders/poles Electrical Contact

13 PREVENTION Management Involvement & Commitment AND Employee Involvement & Commitment

14 PREVENTION Management does safety to: 1. Avoid OSHA Penalties 2. Reduce Costs Increase profits 3. Keep Employees Safe

15 PREVENTION - Management does safety to: 1. Avoid OSHA Penalties Penalties cost the company direct and indirect costs and many times the cost after the penalty is more expensive than the prevention costs.

16 PREVENTION - Management does safety to: 2. Reduce Costs Increase profits In 1999 in Oregon there were 24,993 claims and the average cost per claim was $10,359. (hidden costs are 3 to 5 times that of direct costs)

17 PREVENTION - Management does safety to: 3. Keep Employees Safe Increased morale, more efficient employees, and increased employee confidence in the company.

18 PREVENTION Employees do safety to: 1. Avoid Discipline 2. Avoid Termination/Maintain Good Employment 3. Be Injury Free (for Self & Family)

19 PREVENTION - Employees do safety to: 1. Avoid Discipline These employee s do not buy into safety and when the threat of discipline is removed they are at high risk of having an incident.

20 PREVENTION - Employees do safety to: 2. Avoid Termination/Maintain Good Employment Good employees have pride in their work and take the time to work safe for themselves and for their co-workers. Good employees believe that Safety and Quality go hand-in-hand.

21 PREVENTION - Employees do safety to: 3. Be Injury Free (for Self & Family) Being Injury Free means you go home fully functional every day. You are able to enjoy your life and family and continue to be a contributing member of society.

22 PREVENTION One Step to Prevention is TRAINING

23 TRAINING - What Workplace Training Can Do For Workers Worker training is an essential element of every safety and health program. Training helps inexperienced workers.

24 TRAINING - Requirements General Training Requirements & Job Specific Training Requirements

25 TRAINING - What Workplace Training Can Not Do For Workers Training isn't likely to help if workers don t understand it, if they are unmotivated, or if managers and supervisors don t enforce safe work practices.

26 TRAINING FOR PREVENTION Education tells WHY Training shows HOW Experience improves Skills Accountability sustains Behavior

27 PREVENTION Accountability You have the Right to a Safe Work Environment & You have a Responsibility to be Accountable for your own behavior

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