In This Issue
Technical Studies programs have
been around in various forms since
formal public education was created.
Among the many attributes
of these programs,developing the
technical skills and establishing a
foundation for safe work practices
has long been seen as beneficial to
generate both a prosperous economy
and a high standard of living.
As with any risk management exercise,
a good starting point in identifying
sources of injuries (your
“risks”) is to look at incident report
and claims data for Technical Studies.
From the statistics and the
known risk profile of
Technical Studies programs,
we can begin to determine which
risk management strategies can be
applied to these situations.
Although the dramatic injuries associated
with Wood Shops has attracted
most of the interest,many of the
recommendations outlined in the
preceding risk management steps
are applicable to Auto Shops as well.
Over the last few years OSBIE has seen an increase in Metal Shops claims both in frequency and severity.
Often times hard lessons are learned
when Courts rule on injury claims,
and Tech Shop injuries are no exception.
are rewarded with favorable judgments.
Regardless of which way a
Court rules, valuable lessons can
be learned from these rulings that
can be incorporated into a school
board’s policies and procedures.