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BEST PRACTICES FOR PREVENTING FATALITIES, INJURIES AND ILLNESESS

Virginia employees and employers have a strong history of maintaining fatality, injury and illness rates below national averages.

A total of 19 workplace fatalities have been investigated by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program through the end of July, 2017.  In calendar year 2016, the 42 fatalities experienced was a significant 35% increase in fatal accidents over 2015 and 2014 when 31 employees were killed on the job both years. 

"For the second year in a row, there has been a surge in workplace fatalities in July.  Seven Virginia workers have lost their lives in workplace accidents versus eight in July, 2016, devastating families, friends, co-workers and businesses", said Commissioner Davenport.  "I strongly encourage Virginia’s employers and workers to become familiar with and comply with Virginia’s occupational safety and health laws and regulations".

Immediate steps that can be taken by employers and workers to avoid workplace injuries and illnesses include:

Additional safety and health information can be located by clicking on the topics below:

Workplace fatality victims are exposed to some of the most frequently cited OSHA hazards such as falls, struck-by, and electrocution.  In Virginia, employers are required to follow all federal OSHA identical standards as well as Virginia Unique Standards which are available at STATE SPECIFIC STANDARDSThe top 10 most frequently cited OSHA hazards in Construction and General Industry can be viewed by clicking HERE.

More information on reporting workplace fatalities (within 8 hours) and severe work-related injuries - defined as a hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye (within 24 hours) can be found at REPORT WORKPLACE FATALITIES.  Fatalities and severe injuries can also be reported through OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742), or a local VOSH regional office

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, or file a complaint, contact the VOSH Safety Program Director at jennifer.rose@doli.virginia.gov or (804) 786-7776.


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