Articles by Ashley Johnson

Barriers to injury reporting in construction

This week I’m continuing the conversation about reasons why workers hold back from reporting injuries. Much like the Canadian study on young workers I wrote about last week, a new study from the AFL-CIO-affiliated Center for Construction Research and Training concludes that fear of losing work may cause construction workers not to report injuries.
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Safety in numbers

“If you see something, say something.” That’s the message of a Department of Homeland Security’s public awareness campaign encouraging people to report suspicious behavior, and it could very well be the motto of workplace safety programs.
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Beyond book knowledge

Mentoring from experienced safety professionals gives the next generation advice to draw on
Whether the relationship is informal or part of a program, mentoring is a way for experienced safety professionals to help younger ones develop by passing along knowledge, skills and career advice.
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‘Train and practice’

How to mitigate common forklift hazards
Powered industrial trucks, also known as forklifts or lift trucks, make lifting and transporting heavy objects easier in the workplace. However, this advantage also comes with risk if a forklift is operated unsafely or by an untrained driver.
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Data has its limits

If you think about it, research is only as good as the data behind it. And a recent study from NIOSH raises questions about the accuracy of occupational injury and illness data based on emergency department records.
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