OSHA is streamlining its criteria for field activities in an attempt to have bigger impact on workplace safety results. This news brief outlines how this new approach will increase the number of field activities but focus compliance efforts on what the agency calls the “fatal four/focus four,” which refers to the leading causes of workplace fatalities: Falls, struck-by object, electrocutions and caught-in/between. One thing to note is that this “fatal four” actually does NOT include two of the three leading causes of workplace fatalities according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Excluded are Motor Vehicle Accidents (first) and Workplace Violence (third). In 2017, these two causes combine for 56% of the workplace fatalities. OSHA does not have standards or jurisdiction on these issues as they fall under the Department of Transportation and Criminal Law.
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