Workplace Safety

  • It’s Electrical Safety Month: Protect Workers Against Arc Flash and Other Electrical Hazards

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    The Workplace Safety Awareness Council defines an arc flash as “a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.” A person located near an arc flash can be seriously injured or killed. An arc flash can be caused by a variety of things, such as dust, dropping tools, accidental touching, condensation, material Read More

  • The Bottom Line: Costs of Failing to Protect Workers

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    OSHA recently released a report about how work injuries and illnesses are putting high costs on workers, their families and the overall economy. Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job features a graphic that asks the question: Who bears the cost of worker injuries?  Fifty percent is covered, by workers and their families, with the rest covered by workers’ compensation (21%), Read More

  • Working Outside: How to Beat the Summer Heat

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    While it’s great to enjoy the fresh air when working outdoors, outside work can be hazardous—and even fatal—during the strong heat of the summer. Workers are at risk for a variety of heat-related illnesses. It’s important to know the warning signs and what to do if you or one of your workers begins to show symptoms of a heat-related illness. Heat stroke occurs when the body can’t regulate its Read More

  • Be Proactive: Prevent Injuries on the Job

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    Being proactive and trying to prevent injuries before they happen is a good strategy to help reduce such incidents in your workplace. It is also the thought behind OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. These programs, according to OSHA, “allow employers and workers to collaborate on an ongoing basis to find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt or become ill.” Other benefits of these programs are a Read More

  • Spring-Time Safety: Flood Preparedness

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    For most of us, spring-time means a lot of water around our facilities. Whether it’s from massive snow piles that have melted or just rain from those pesky April showers, it’s no surprise when extra water makes its way into and around your building. To help lessen the damage to your facility, it helps to be prepared before any flooding occurs. Certain steps should be taken during and Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    Two companies face a combined $64,200 in fines for safety violations after OSHA investigated a complaint about potential hazards at the site the companies share. One company received 15 serious citations for such violations as not providing and maintaining a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise, blocked exits, tripping and fall hazards, not training workers on chemical hazards, not providing appropriate lockout/tagout training, and not Read More

  • Eye Protection: Reduce the Risk of Injury

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    Many workplaces contain hazards that can be damaging to workers’ eyes. The best way to protect workers from eye hazards is to provide them with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). When selecting the best eye protection, it’s important to consider the work environment and pick the solution that will offer the most complete protection for that work situation. There are several different types of eye protection that can Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A roofing contractor was cited by OSHA for a variety of safety violations and faces proposed penalties of $43,560. The contractor failed to provide fall protection to workers repairing a roof and offered inadequate anchorage points for fall arrest lines. It also did not train employees on how to recognize and address fall hazards. The contractor also put workers at risk for providing a damaged portable ladder (split Read More

  • Avoid an Asbestos Hazard: How to Protect Your Workers

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    As defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber. It is also known as a major health hazard. It is a human carcinogen, causing chronic lung disease, along with lung cancer and other types of cancers. OSHA explains that workers can be exposed to asbestos in many ways: during the manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing brake or clutch repairs; renovating Read More

  • Fall Protection According to OSHA: Know the Basics

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    Do you know OSHA rules about the basics of fall protection? Even if workers in your workplace are only exposed to heights occasionally, it’s important to know OSHA regulations regarding fall protection and how to keep your workers safe at all heights. Here are some standard facts you must know: OSHA requires that workers in general industry be protected while working at a height of four feet or Read More

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