The Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) released the annual nonfatal workplace injury and illness report for 2016. Indiana’s nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate is the lowest in state history with an estimated 3.5 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers. The 2016 rate represents an eight percent decrease from 2015’s previous historically low rate of 3.8, and the fifth consecutive year the injury and illness rate has been at or below 4.0.
Two plants operated by Allegheny Wood Products Inc. have the distinction of being the only hardwood sawmills in the country that participate in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). And it requires a lot of work and widespread employee involvement. VPP recognizes leading companies with strong safety programs and exempts them from ordinary surprise inspections that the agency conducts.
In a bipartisan effort to promote workplace safety, U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) re-introduced legislation, S. 1878, to make the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) a permanent part of workplace safety in American industry. VPP recognizes workers, managers and companies who use best practices that go above and beyond the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) minimum safety requirements to enhance workplace safety and health.