Hahn and the Department of Transportation launched the Watch the Road
safety campaign, intended to make the roadways in Los Angles County safer by
changing bad behaviors that contribute to traffic crashes. The goals of the
program are to save lives, reduce injuries and relieve traffic congestion.
Over the past
five years, Los Angeles County streets claimed more than 3,550 lives, injured
another 440,000 and impacted thousands of families. These deaths and injuries
were the result of traffic crashes, primarily caused by aggressive tendencies,
driving too fast and our own inattention.
Road is an education and awareness campaign, targeting drivers, pedestrians
and bicyclists. Its sponsor, Operation Traffix, a coalition of public and
private entities, believes that through education and a concerted united effort,
we can change these hazardous behaviors and save lives.
behavioral change starts one person at a time, Mayor Hahn is asking for your
help to “get the message out” to your friends and loved ones.
Remember, it is
better to lose one minute of your life than your life in one minute. Watch
the road. Please help by setting a good example of roadway user behavior
and make a difference.
information about the campaign, please visit
Another Place They Can Turn to
Help Prevent Accidents
For newer workers,
it sometimes can be difficult to know whom to turn to with a safety question,
without stopping to seek out the safety manager.
But every workplace has employees
known for their knowledge of safety. You might want to consider
distinguishing them with a different colored safety vest or hard hat, so other
employees will know who they can turn to for advice - and perhaps prevent a
costly accident - without disrupting the flow of work.
Census Bureau Reports 45 Million
According to the U.S. Census Bureau,
the percentage of the U.S. population without health insurance coverage grew to
15.6 in 2003, up from 15.2 in 2002. The findings were part of a bureau
report that found income to be relatively stable, but poverty on the rise.
The number of people with coverage
dropped from 84.8 percent to 84.4 percent, mirroring a drop in the percentage of
people covered by employment-based health insurance. This decline, the
Census Bureau says, essentially explains the drop in total private health
insurance coverage. The findings were released on a day when both
presidential candidates were promoting their plans to insure more Americans.
Among those who reacted to the findings
were Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who used the opportunity to encourage the
passage of legislation that would give workers in small businesses access to
health insurance through Association Health Plans. These permit smaller
companies to band together to purchase premiums at lower rates. "I hope
the Congress acts on this commonsense legislation as soon as they reconvene in
September," stated Chao.
A Heads Up On Possible Workplace
If someone files and wins a claim
over an occupational carcinogen, it could be
personally devastating for the workers and costly to your company.
That's why researchers have put
together a list of 28 agents classified as occupational carcinogens, along with
other substances labeled "probable" carcinogens. For the list go to:
NIOSH Alert Addresses Falls
A new NIOSH 'Alert' describes the
conditions surrounding five deaths that resulted from falls through skylights
and roof and floor openings, and includes recommendations to prevent similar
The document concludes that
employers, workers, building owners, and skylight designers and manufacturers
"may not fully recognize or appreciate the serious fall hazards associated with
working near skylights and roof and floor openings." As a result, these
openings may be left unguarded or uncovered, and workers may be assigned to work
around them without proper fall prevention.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says
falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic injury death in the workplace
despite relevant OSHA regulations, including ones specifically addressing
In the accidents it investigated,
NIOSH identified the following contributing factors:
Inadequate safety programs and
Failure to identify and
eliminate fall hazards or to provide an adequate fall-prevention system.
Removal of hole covers by
Failure to protect workers
from fall hazards during bad weather conditions.
Inappropriate task assignments
for young workers
Lack of written agreements
between general contractors and subcontractors to clearly describe how safety
responsibilities will be handled.
NIOSH urges employers to develop and
enforce comprehensive fall-prevention programs that, at a minimum, comply with
OSHA fall-protection standards. The full text of the Alert can be found at