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Construction worker wearing safety harness

Falling Down on the Job

Last week OSHA promoted a National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. This makes sense as falls from height are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction trades.

Construction, General, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  May 12, 2021
Young Businesswoman Doing Leg Stretches at Desk

You Gotta Move

Clocking in at a little more than two and a half minutes, the Rolling Stones studio rendition of “You Gotta Move” just seems like a nifty number to motivate a microbreak for about the same length of time.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  May 05, 2021
OSHA Safety Binder

Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards in Fiscal Year 2020 - A Case of History Repeating Itself?

OSHA publishes the Most Frequently Cited Standards each year to inform the public of the most violated standards from the previous fiscal year. This data shows the most frequently cited standards across all industries.

Construction, General, Manufacturing, Healthcare, OSHA  •  April 28, 2021
N95 Masks

Counterfeit N95 Masks - How Do You Know?

Over the last year, you may have heard that millions of counterfeit N95 masks were found by the Department of Homeland Security. Recently, a seizure of 1.7 million masks found in a Queens, NY storehouse made news across the country.

Healthcare  •  April 21, 2021
Distracted driver using cellphone to pictures of himself

In the Zone Behind the Wheel

As our nation moves towards an end to this deadly pandemic, we continue to be faced with another epidemic in the form of distracted driving. But hope springs eternal with April designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  April 13, 2021
Empty vaccine bottles exiting production line

Employers are a Trusted Source for Vaccination Guidance

As of the writing of this blog, COVID-19 cases in the US alone are well over 30 million with over half a million deaths according to CDC data. This pandemic has altered business practices and has a profound effect on workplace safety and the economy....

General, Healthcare, Leadership and Management  •  April 07, 2021
Heavy stone cargo secured with ratchet straps

Cargo Securement - Gravity Doesn’t Cut It

Contractors and do-it-yourselfers often head to the hardware store or home improvement center to pick up the necessary tools of the trade. But sometimes a trip for a box of screws may lead to the unanticipated purchase of additional tools and equipme...

Construction, General, Logging, Manufacturing, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  March 31, 2021
Hardhat and office supplies laying on office desk

Workers' Compensation Stigma

There is a stigma associated with workers compensation, one that still exists today. OSHA’s National Emphasis Program found that 47.14% of establishments were either underreporting or completely unrecording workplace injuries.

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation  •  March 24, 2021
Old house with worn out paint

This Old House Needs Painting

From the look of its faded façade, this weather-beaten old house could certainly stand a fresh coat of paint. But if the residential dwelling was built before 1978, there’s a good chance the home harbors an unwanted “occupant” in the form of lead-bas...

Construction, General, OSHA  •  March 17, 2021
Wet floor sign standing in business hallway

Slip and Fall: What’s Under Our Feet? Solutions Can Be Found on the Surface

Slips/Trips/Falls (STFs) are common across all industries. In fact, STFs are among the top three injuries that continue to impact our policyholders’ insurance costs.

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  March 10, 2021