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National Safety Council unveils injury database and web tool

National Safety Council unveils injury database and web tool

HOUSTON — The National Safety Council on Tuesday unveiled the workplace section of its online “Injury Facts” database to help employers better understand the injury rates in their industries and to improve safety measures.

One highlight of the online tool allows employers to plug in information, such as industry and tasks, to calculate risks, according to Kenneth Kolosh, Itasca, Illinois-based manager of the statistics department for the National Safety Council.

"(This) is designed for the workplace safety professional in mind,” said Mr. Kolosh, who provided journalists a tour of the new website during a press conference at his organization’s Congress and Expo in Houston. “We are trying to provide a resource that’s much easier than the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics website.”

The site also provides data on fatality rates, which rose 7% from 2009 to 2016, largely driven by issues such as transportation, falls and violence, and on par with the rise in employment since the economic downturn, according to Mr. Kolosh, noting that, conversely, nonfatal injury rates dropped 19%.

Another highlight is the site’s section on fatigue, a category not tracked by the federal BLS — a primary source for the website’s data, according to Mr. Kolosh. The fatigue data was culled from employers and self-reported surveys on worker sleep, he said. Not surprisingly, he said, the data shows that those who do not sleep enough — less than seven hours a night — are more likely to be involved in a workplace accident.
















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