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Identifying fatal and nonfatal injuries attributed to water well drilling operations.

Matetic-RJ; Ingram-DK
NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19, 2000. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :76
This presentation will demonstrate that OSHA citations/violations and health and safety issues are directly related and effect the water well drilling industry. Suggestions and options will be presented to minimize the hazards that result in OSHA citations/violations. Ultimately, the information portrayed will save lives and reduce injuries to personnel working in the water well drilling industry. A comprehension review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), indicate that water well drillers are achieving higher incidence rates, of some non-fatality injuries, than any other industry. The BLS data also displays the water well drilling industry has averaged 10 fatalities per year from 1990 - 1997. These injuries and fatalities could be considered alarming when you realize the construction industry, in which water well drilling is classified under, represents only 5% of the total labor force in America. Discussions on the source and events that lead to the fatalities and non-fatal injuries of the water well drilling industry for a four year period will be covered. The discussion will further display on-site examples of potential hazards that result in fatalities and non-fatal injuries that drillers/operators face everyday. Overall, many operators/drillers are experiencing similar situations and there are inexpensive steps that can be taken to reduce these costly accidents. Information on OSHA citations/violations for a three year period will demonstrate that drillers/operators can avoid, eliminate, or minimize citations/violations. The top five violations and cost of those violations will illustrate the impact OSHA has on the water well drilling industry. Explanations as to why these citations/violations are major issues and options to improve worker safety and avoid, eliminate, or minimize these citations/violations will be addressed.
Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Water-industry; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000