What Does A Culture Of Safety Look Like?Safety doesn’t just happen.
When implementing a new safety procedure or system, do you ever consider where it came from and why it has been tasked? Maybe if the task is assigned to the EHS person, those questions are a given.
But let’s say it’s assigned to someone in another...
What's the difference between different types of fall protection?
Back when we launched the site we put together a comprehensive chart on the differences between different types of fall protection. Those difference are classically labeled as fall prevention (or passive fall protection), fall restraint, and fall arrest (or active fall protection). Click on...
Durable & Cost Effective Railing for the Water Industry
Putting railing around water presents itself with a number of particular challenges.First of all, you have the fact that there is water everywhere, and generally speaking water and metal dont get a long. In addition to the water rich environment, you have the added challenge of...
Safety Advice When Working at Height
Working at height carries more risk than working at ground level. However, if workers follow safety guidelines, they can accomplish what they need to at height without undue risk to themselves. Workers need to know about appropriate equipment as well as about how to use that equipment...
Five Ways to Kill Yourself While Using a Fall Protection System
Wait, kill yourself while using a fall protection system? Those things are supposed to prevent that from happening, right? Of course they are, but the key part of that phrase is: supposed to. If you’re not using a fall protection system properly, or not taking into account some external...
Wear your Safety Harness! You'll be glad you did!
Sean McNulty is glad he wore his fall protection harness! On Monday, January 10, 2011 he lost his footing when a beam shifted on the roof of a demolition project. The fall protection deployed and stopped him from falling more than six stories.
The article notes: "If he didn't have his fall...
Pallet Gates for Work Platforms [Case Study]
Pallet Gates are typically found on mezzanines, but they can be used in other industrial applications. This pallet gate was used on a work platform that was built around an industrial mixing platform. The pallet gate allows for items to be lifted onto the platform (e.g. pallets of materials to...
The Dangers of Clearing Snow from Rooftops
The recent accident in Westwood, MA regarding the fall of a worker clearing snow from the roof of a business, underscores just how dangerous this job can be. In this particular instance, the worker fell through a skylight and landed on the ground 25’ below. In light of the situation,...
When Will the New Walking/Working Surface Rules Arrive?
“When will the new walking/working surface rules arrive?” is a question that’s been asked for many, many, many years (as in about 20), but it finally looks like we may have an answer. According to a regulatory agenda published by OSHA in May of this year, the Administration plans to...
Is OSHA Compliance for Fall Protection Good Enough?
Every day thousands of you are exposed to a fall hazard in the workplace.
Often times someone has already put forth the work to implement fall protection for you according to OSHA regulations.
But is that really enough?
Ever since the OSH Act in 1970,...
Why Can’t My Managers Get My Staff to Comply?
Sometimes you can have the best program on paper, but it doesn’t seem to be translating well to real-world implementation. Maybe your workforce is telling you they like the program, but every time you observe them, they’re breaking the rules. Maybe your supervisory personnel seem...
Metal Rooftop Railings and Guardrails
We have had this product available for a while, but have never featured it properly. KeeGuard Metal Roof Top Railings are designed to protect workers who are operating around a roof edge on a metal building. The use of S-5! clips and connectors, means that the railing system will not...
Top Safety Tips When Inspecting Fixed Ladders
For most of us, climbing ladders was something we did for fun on playgrounds growing up. Who would have thought it would turn into a necessary skill in some industries?
Because ladders are so familiar to us, they are often overlooked when it comes to your safety. It is common to see people...
Hatch Safety: Are You Keeping Your Employees Safe?
Falconer, 43, was employed as a seaman on a tugboat operated by maritime company. While carrying an engine part, he fell 14 feet through an open hatch in the engine room causing bodily injury. Falconer sued the maritime company alleging the company was negligent in failing to have safety...
Safety Railing Solutions for Diverse Environments
Below is a comprehensive list of safety railing solutions that are available to our customers. Not every safety railing solution is a fit for every environment, so we've called attention to where each railing works best. All of these safety railing solutions are OSHA compliant unless...
How Can Contractors Working at Height be Kept Safer?
Excuses, excuses, excuses, that's what we hear from residential and commercial contractors that fail to comply with fall protection policies and standards. In 2011, 251 out of 721 worker fatalities were the result of falls. It's time to stop making excuses and start making the...
Safety on the Set!! Theatrical Guardrail
This safety guardrail was installed on the set of the production of The Conduct of Life at Texas A&M University. The railing was mounted on the stage to prevent the performers from falling over the edge. The railing performed both an aesthetic and functional purpose. Justin M., the...
Dealing with Rooftop Obstacles
We’ve spent a good deal of time in past blog posts discussing the hazards associated with falls from rooftops. There’s good reason for that, of course, as it is a pervasive and potentially deadly hazard, but as safety professionals, we must be sure to mitigate all recognized hazards, not...
Three Safety Cultures – Which One Are You In?
Whenever I deliver a training class to a group of workers for whom I’m also serving as a safety consultant, I explain that there are two things I need to do: 1) Keep them safe and 2) Keep the company compliant.
In that order.
The trick is that if I’m achieving the first one, I am almost...
Falling into Workplace Safety
OSHA reports that falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites and annually account for one of every three construction-related deaths. Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics states there were at least 442 construction worker fatalities during 2007 as a...
Skylights – A Firefighter’s Nightmare
We’ve discussed skylights and the associated fall hazards in a number of blog posts, most notably in this article, but our point of view has always been in looking out for the well-being of a company’s employees. That perspective is necessary because, ultimately, a company is responsible...
Seeing the Big Picture: A Holistic Approach to Safety
Some say the concept of multi-tasking is an illusion – that our brains are not actually capable of doing two things at the same time. Even the things we refer to as multi-tasking (i.e. – answering an email while writing a report and participating in a conference call) are actually short...
Fall Rescue - Are You Prepared?
Personal fall arrest systems are often thought to have three parts: a harness, a lanyard, and an anchor point. In reality, there is a 4th part – one that isn’t always utilized, but is always necessary – a fall rescue plan. When dealing with fall prevention, this isn’t...