Workzone Safety

  • Stay Safe Outside: Protect Workers Against Outdoor Hazards

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    Outdoor workers face many safety hazards unique to the outside world every day, regardless of the season. However, many of those hazards are more prevalent during the current and upcoming warmer months.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies two main types of outdoor hazards: physical hazards and biological hazards. Physical hazards include extreme heat, extreme cold, noise, lightning and ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  Extreme heat can Read More

  • Young Workers on Your Summer Payroll?: What You Need to Know

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    Do you employ young workers for the summer? If so, you need to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep these typically inexperienced workers safe. OSHA cites many reasons that young workers become injured or sick on the job: unsafe equipment, inadequate safety training, inadequate supervision, dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18, pressure to work faster and stressful conditions. Employers have many 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

  • Avoid Distracted Driving Mistakes: Keep Your Workers Focused and Off the Phone

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    April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is marking the occasion with a new campaign, Calls Kill, to communicate how hands-free cell phones are not risk-free. Have you communicated the risks around using cell phones while driving with your workers? Do you know if they practice safe driving when they are operating company vehicles, or even their personal vehicles? For their safety and Read More

  • Get Ready for Spring: Tips for a Safe Work Zone

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    As spring nears and the weather gets warmer, more workers will be heading to outside work zones. Vehicle traffic that passes through those work zones, as well as equipment used in those areas, can present dangers to workers doing their job. So it’s important to put safeguards in place now that will keep workers safe throughout these upcoming warm weather months. One effective preventative measure is to develop Read More

  • OSHA: Celebrating 44 Years of Safety

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    If your workplace is a safe place today, it’s likely because of the work OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does every day. It’s work OSHA has done for the last 44 years. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health, noted in his blog on the OSHA website how OSHA’s work began once President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into Read More

  • Employee Communication Helps in Reporting and Preventing Accidents

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    Because employees are the individuals on the front lines, they oftentimes see what the managers don’t: both the good and the bad. If injuries or illnesses occur on the jobsite, they see what happened. Chances are, they know the exact cause. They may even know how to prevent it. For all of these reasons, employees must be encouraged to share what they see and what they know about any Read More

  • Vehicle Safety on the Jobsite

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    The threat of workers being injured—or even killed—by a vehicle on the jobsite is very real. Sometimes, drivers cause such accidents. But another cause can be the vehicles they operate, as well as other heavy equipment. That’s why it’s so important to ensure safety with motor vehicles or heavy equipment used on a jobsite. To help companies promote the safe use of vehicles and heavy equipment, OSHA provides many Read More

  • Traffic Safety in the Work Zone

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    Work zones can be danger zones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 609 construction and maintenance work zone fatalities in 2012. One of the dangers of a work zone is the risk of a worker being struck by a vehicle, and it’s important to put processes in place to maintain the safety of workers, as well as motorists traveling through work zones. Read More

  • Demolition Hazards on the Jobsite: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

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    Citing many recent fatalities, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has launched a new website focused on protecting workers from construction demolition hazards. On the new site, OSHA outlines how to avoid these hazards. The first step is to plan ahead. OSHA recommends completing an engineering survey before any demolition work begins. Next is to provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes protection for the eyes, face, head, Read More

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