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Everything in Its Right Place
Workplace safety can be enhanced in any work environment with good housekeeping habits such as cleaning up spills, keeping aisles and exits clear, replacing worn, ripped, or damaged floors, eliminating snow, oil, or grease from floors...
Taming the Dangerous Passage - Safely Entering and Exiting a Vehicle During Winter Weather
Common-sense moves such as approaching carefully, bracing yourself for stability, and moving without boxes, packages, or other items in hand, can help you avoid slip and fall injuries while entering or exiting a vehicle during the cold, snow, and ice...
Addressing Slips-and-Falls from the Ground Up
Building a better slip-and-fall prevention program requires you to think SAFE – Surface, Awareness, Footwear, and Environment. Look from the ground up at everything from surfaces to footwear to the mental state of the worker.
Spelling Out Fall Protection Beyond the A-B-Cs
Fall protection during work from heights is generally governed by the basics of anchoring, body harnesses, and connectors. But to make a comprehensive assessment, safety directors must go beyond those simple techniques and look at a variety of consid...
Ladder Safety Part 2: Does your Ladder Safety Training Get High Marks?
Workplace ladder usage, regardless of industry, is a high-risk task that should be part of any new or existing employee training plan. Training should include ladder selection, inspection, hazard identification, fall protection measures, and safe wor...
Ladder Safety Part 1: Three Points of Contact
Safe work on ladders requires three points of contact and requires employees to face the ladder, use at least one hand to keep a “firm grasp” on the ladder, and ensure they are not carrying objects or loads that could cause loss of balance or grip.
Don't Let Elevators Bring You Down
Misleveled elevator floors, insufficient maintenance program, and unsafe employee behaviors can lead to significant workplace trip or fall injuries. A comprehensive program is necessary to control hazards.
Roof Rules Depend on Slope, Distance, and Frequency
Fall protection requirements for employees performing maintenance on low-sloped roofs depend on factors that include whether the work is deemed “temporary and infrequent,” and the distance from the edge.
Attention Span Can Affect Safety Performance
Inattention and distraction in the workplace can lead to significant injuries. Safety teams and leadership can start by identifying the causes of inattention, distractions, or interruptions. Attention to hazards and the task at hand builds a safer wo...
The (Not So) Surprising Truth about Injuries in Schools and Educational Services
In reviewing injury data compiled by MEMIC's Education Services Team, it was found that faculty and administrative jobs have the highest injury frequency across all departments.
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