NIOSH launches Twitter campaign to raise safety awareness

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH's) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program launched its own Twitter page on August 8, 2011. The new page will be used to raise awareness of the FACE program, according to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S).

The Twitter page is a part of the institute's FACE research program, which began in 1982. The program works to identify and study fatal injuries that occur in the workplace.

The page's first three tweets were in response to crane rigger fatalities, a topic of concern that will be addressed on August 31, 2011, at a virtual event to be held by Occupational Health and Safety. The tweets will focus on highlighting investigations that seek to target causes of death, involving confined spaces, machine-related fatalities, falls, and electrocutions.

Another tweet recently posted offers information on fall protection when working on precast concrete floor slabs. Other initial tweets included information on hazards faced by crane workers, crossing guards, electricians, and others. FACE is currently investigating deaths involving machinery, energy production, and construction falls.

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