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Logging machine in front of log pile

Evolution of the Cabicle

Gone are the days of loggers toiling in the great outdoors enduring the elements and demands of strenuous physical labor. As the industry has become more mechanized, those who work in the logging sector are more likely to be driving a truck or operat...

Construction, Logging, Office Ergonomics  •  October 19, 2017
Injured worker in warehouse

Being Proactive Is Key for Workplace Safety

“I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked, nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster.” -Captain Edward Smith in 1907

General, Leadership and Management, Claims Management  •  October 11, 2017
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Employee Safety and Wellness Run Hand-In-Hand

When we think of employee safety, we generally think of occupational and industrial safety programs that control hazards and exposures. That is a critical component, but let’s take it a step further and consider a holistic approach.

General, Safety Programs  •  October 04, 2017
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Best Practices for Hotel Drivers and Guest Baggage

Hospitality employees are at an increased risk of injury compared to several other industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 data, the injury and illness rate for hotel employees was 5.1 compared to 3.0 for general industry.

Hospitality, Manual Material Handling  •  September 27, 2017
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Working Safely Over or Near Water

With recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma altering the landscape from sinister storm surges and unforgiving flooding rains, it is clear some form of work will need to be conducted over or near water.

Construction, General, OSHA  •  September 19, 2017
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Powered Industrial Truck Pedestrian Safety Lights—What a Bright Idea!

According to a report published by OSHA, in 2015 there were approximately 96,785 incidents related to powered industrial trucks. With approximately 855,900 lifts in the US, roughly 1 in 10 forklifts were involved in an accident.

Construction, Manufacturing, General  •  September 15, 2017
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Torque Tool Use

Recently I was asked about safe torque levels when using electrically, pneumatically, or hydraulically powered screwdrivers or wrenches. These tools are often used in assembly jobs in the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing  •  September 06, 2017
distracted driving

Distracted Driving Messages Abound

The public service messages regarding safe driving are just about everywhere. On billboards, electronic signs, and bumper stickers we see reminders to buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and put down the cell phone. The question is this: Is the message...

Transportation, Driving Safety  •  August 30, 2017

Don't Let Solar Events Eclipse Safety

It’s been almost 100 years since the last coast-to-coast total solar eclipse, so there is plenty of reason to be excited for the big event on Monday. But don’t let a once-in-a-lifetime solar event eclipse everyday safety.

General, Transportation, Outdoor Safety  •  August 18, 2017
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Table Saw Safety

The table saw is one of the most widely used woodworking machines in today’s manufacturing processes due to its versatility, efficiency, and ease of use. Table saws can rip wood, cross cut, dado, miter, bevel, and even cut shapes and edging to create...

Construction, General  •  August 16, 2017