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How Cold Weather Affects Workers at Heights

How Cold Weather Affects Workers at Heights

Certainly, cold weather poses hazards to anybody working outdoors, but the higher you go, the more intense the conditions can get.

Beginner’s Guide: Work Platforms

Beginner’s Guide: Work Platforms

There are many types of work platforms: aerial work platforms (such as scissor lifts), scaffolding, or prefabricated, permanently-installed platforms.   Which one you choose to use depends on the type of work you plan on doing and the duration of that work.

Five Ways to Kill Yourself While Using a Fall Protection System

Five Ways to Kill Yourself While Using a Fall Protection System

If you’re not using a fall protection system properly, or not taking into account some external factors that could render your system useless, your fall protection is doing nothing but providing you a false sense of security.

Looking Backward and Forward 2015

Looking Backward and Forward 2015

We've had another amazing year and you've been a part of it. In this post we look back at what has been amazing about 2015 and look forward to what will be in 2016.

Beginner’s Guide: How to Safely Use an Extension Ladder

Beginner’s Guide: How to Safely Use an Extension Ladder

Extension ladders: who hasn’t used one to access the roof of their home, praying every moment that it won’t fall back, slip to the side, or just buckle under your weight?  A tool so common can still be extremely dangerous and the facts are alarming.

Putting Your Life In Your Own Hands: Inspecting Your Harness

Putting Your Life In Your Own Hands: Inspecting Your Harness

Who is responsible for your safety?  Is it the safety manager?  Is it your supervisor?  Is it the owner of the company for which you work?  Sure, each of these people plays a part in building a framework that allows you to perform your job in a safe working environment, but in the end, the only person truly responsible for your safety is you. 

Beginner’s Guide: How to Safely Use a Stepladder

Beginner’s Guide: How to Safely Use a Stepladder

Because stepladders are such a common tool, even in the home, it is often taken for granted that employees know how to properly use them.  This is a dangerous assumption. 

6 Best Practices For Corporate Roof Safety

6 Best Practices For Corporate Roof Safety

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, roofs are inherently dangerous, so we develop policies to direct the behaviors of our employees and contractors.  One of the problems corporate campuses or building-owners/managers face, though, is that rooftop work is often not visible to those who would be overseeing safety precautions. 

OSHA Fines Set to Rise in 2016

OSHA Fines Set to Rise in 2016

It has long been lamented by those trying to rein in employers with poor safety performance, that OSHA has not had the teeth to enforce regulations the way they need to be enforced. 

Five Ways to Hurt Yourself in a Harness

Five Ways to Hurt Yourself in a Harness

There are some things you can hand to somebody with no instructions and they’ll know how to use them: a pair of boots, a pair of gloves, safety glasses.  A fall protection harness is not one of these things. 

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