Even thought accident prevention is at the top of our priority list, we have to give attention to what should happen in case of an emergency. Some accidents, like natural disasters are outside of our control, and we have to prepare our team for incidents that are likely to occur.
Do all safety products do what they claim to do? In the US there is no governing body that verifies that safety products meet the claims that are listed on their label. Here are some ideas to help ensure that you don't get misled by the labels.
OSHA released a report called Adding Inequality to Injury: The Cost of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job. On the surface this looked like a rehash on how injuries impact the employers bottom line. This article was surprisingly different. It dove deeper to understand the injured and where the real cost of their recovery landed.
John W. Miles III lost his life because his employer failed to provide adequate fall protection. These kinds of deaths can be stopped by implementing the proper safety procedures.
If you are a construction company and work in confined spaces, odds are you've been following the General Industry rule as a best practice. However, come August 3rd of 2015, the recently published Final Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction goes into effect. The new rule has a few differences and a few clarifications, brush up on the new guidelines and keep your workers safe.
You've done an analysis of the hazards in your work area - whether it be a construction site, a warehouse, or a manufacturing floor, and you've determined that the best solution for one or more of your hazards is a work platform. It may seem like your decision-making ends there, but it doesn't. In reality, you need to determine which type of work platform is the best for you.
Safety professionals need to broaden our vision. We need to see sites as a whole and look at all of the hazards. We need to change our thinking and open up our minds so we can keep workers safe in addition to saving time and money. We need to see the bigger picture.
While some rooftops are simple, flat structures, not all of them are. Interior parapets, pipes, conduit, skylights, birds, and a variety of other things pose potential threats to employees. Even walking on the metal decking when a roof is under construction is a trip hazard.
April 28th is Worker Memorial Day. Speak with your companies and plan some type of ceremony, even if it’s just a brief stand-down. Take a moment to remember those that have died in preventable workplace tragedies.
Some of the safest people on the job do some of the most foolish things at home. It seems that safety takes on a whole new meaning when you’re at home because, well, nobody is making you pay attention to it. When it comes to being at home versus being on the jobsite – gravity doesn’t care.