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Rooftop worker wearing safety harness

Heinrich's Pyramid - Does It Hold Up 90 Years Later?

Herbert William Heinrich was an assistant superintendent of an insurance company and back in 1931 he commenced a study of more than 75,000 industrial accidents. The result of this work was published in Industrial Accident Prevention: A Scientific Ap...

General  •  October 23, 2019
3D render illustrating back pain caused by improper ergonomics

Ask the Ergonomist - Should I have a ball at work?

I am frequently asked, “Should I use a yoga ball instead of a chair?” At this point, many have heard of using an inflatable ball because it is purported to activate core muscles and improve back posture. So let’s toss that idea around a little.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  October 16, 2019
Worker slipping on wet floor

It’s Friction, Baby (More or Less)

In 1996, Better Than Ezra, the alternative rock band best known for their hit single, Good, released their third album, Friction, Baby. The title comes from a Keith Richards interview where he was asked how he and Mick Jagger were able to stay toget...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  October 09, 2019
Blurred view  of car windshield with digital warning sign indicating vehicle is too close to vehicles in front.

Space Cushion – Your Margin for Error on the Road

We’ve all heard a number of safe driving principles such as avoiding distracted driving, following speed limits, never driving impaired, and the hazards of road rage. But there is another principle that deserves just as much attention.

Transportation, Driving Safety  •  October 02, 2019
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Fall Prevention Awareness Week: Eliminate the Leading Causes of Workplace Injury

According to OSHA, fall prevention/protection issues continue to receive the most citations

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, OSHA  •  September 23, 2019
Orange and yellow safety vests hanging on a rack

Fashion Week has Everyone Asking, What is the Latest in the World of Safety Wear?

Fluorescent orange is the new black.

General  •  September 18, 2019
Man sits at a computer in a makeshift cubicle made out of cardboard

Ergonomics: Fitting the Work to the Worker

Do you sometimes feel like a square peg in a round hole? Designing from the human perspective is relatively new.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  September 11, 2019
Woman using computer mouse grasping sore wrist

Ouch, My Wrist Hurts! Injury to the TFC Complex from Power Drills to Keyboarding

The anatomy of the wrist and hand is quite remarkable.

General  •  September 05, 2019
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Hands Off the Cellphone While Driving

Normally safety professionals would be advocating for a “hands-on” approach to workplace safety.

General, Driving Safety  •  August 27, 2019
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Are Your Employees Safely Oriented?

Hiring and retaining good employees is a challenge for most employers, especially given the historically low unemployment rates.

General, Hiring Practices, OSHA  •  August 21, 2019