Workplace Safety Article Roundup - October 2015

Workplace Safety Roundup


Welcome to the latest monthly edition of news about workplace safety.


Grieving Parents Promote the Importance of Workplace Safety

Summary: After losing their son in a workplace safety accident, these parents are dedicated to improving safe working conditions.

After the tragic deal of their 23-year-old son, Robert, in a forestry accident, Wiremu and Marcella Edmonds  are now dedicated to promoting workplace safety around New Zealand. According to the article, Mr and Mrs Edmonds believe their son's death was caused by a lack of communication within his team driven by a workplace culture of "she'll be right" attitude. Now they are dedicated to encouraging individuals to speakup when they think practices in their workplace might be unsafe.


Brave New World of Work: How to Keep Young Workers Safe

Summary: New, young workers entering the workforce are more at risk from accidents and damage to their health. This post explains several ways to make sure they are protected from common workplace risks.


Young workers are already protected by the Health and Safety at Work Act and subsidiary legislation, including the Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations. Even so, they are still exposed to lots of risks in the workplace no matter what their first job is. Young workers tend to be more at risk for several reasons, including their lack of physical and psychological maturity, ignorance and lack of awareness of risk, and their eagnerness to impress and please.


5 Workplace Safety Tips to Protect Employees from Violent Co-workers

Summary: Homicide is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States and this article is dedicated to giving employers practical advice aimed at keeping the workplace safe while complying with federal employment laws.


There are lots of things employers can do to make sure their workplace is a safe one for employees while also complying with federal employment laws. Employers can have an employee handbook with workplace violence policies, including a zero tolerance policy, they can enforce consequences of workplace violence violations consistently to avoid claims of pretext, they can refer a troubled employee to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)—if the business has one and they can review OSHA Guidelines.


Workplace Safety In A Digital Age

Summary: The digital nature of most of today's workplaces has changed everything from how work is produced, to how employees relate to each other, and more.


Communication is the key to overcoming barriers and promoting workplace safety in today's digital age. There tends to be less face-to-face communication, especially when it comes to workplace safety training for employees. Instead, information is sent out digitally and it is up to the employee to digest the information on their own. Is this really the best policy for promoting workplace safety?


Wellness and Safety Programs Expand to Embrace Employee Wellbeing

Summary: Research suggests that helping employees make good lifestyle choices improves safety in the workplace.


New research suggests that the choices pertaining to health and safety outside of the workplace (including wellness and health) have a big impact on the health and safety of employees in the workplace. A growing number of research and surveys support the effectiveness of incorporating safety and wellness programs in the workplace into a more holistic approach that addresses an employee's overall well-being.