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Fall Protection and Prevention; What You Need to Know

Year after year, fall protection standards are some of the most frequently cited OSHA regulations. Additionally, falls continue to be one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities overall, and the leading cause of death in construction.

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, Safety Programs  •  May 18, 2016

The Vestibular System and Its Implication in Staying Upright

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall injuries account for over one million emergency room visits per year and represent the primary cause of lost work days. Staying upright is, therefore, an important part of any organizat...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  February 24, 2016

Tis' the Season to Get Injured, Fa La La La, La La La La!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says there were approximately 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating in November and December, 2012. This translates to 250 injuries per day during the holiday season!

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety  •  December 03, 2015

OSHA Fall Protection Stand-Down (May 4-15)

Falls are the leading killer in construction, 36.5% of the total deaths (302 out of 828) in 2013 (OSHA). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 60% of all elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet.

General, Construction, Slips, Trips & Falls, OSHA  •  May 05, 2015

"Hanging in There" After the Fall

Falls continue to be one of the most common causes of workplace injury. Preventing falls is only part of the plan to keep workers safe. A commonly overlooked component is promptly rescuing workers.

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  April 21, 2015

Snow and Ice Removal From Roofs—Act Responsibly!

Winter brings fun and joy for many who participate in winter activities and sports, or just love the snow. This winter’s record snowfall has no doubt brightened the spirits of many school aged kids. However, the recent onslaught of storms in less tha...

General, Outdoor Safety, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  March 02, 2015

Seeing Stars on Ice

With all 50 states reporting temperatures below freezing on Tuesday, November 18th, ‘tis the season to pay special attention to the condition of outdoor surfaces underfoot. Indeed, it seems that Old Man Winter has descended upon us suddenly and with...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety  •  November 23, 2014

Watch Your Step on That Ladder

Stepladders are used by many workers and companies due to their convenience and relatively low cost. They quickly help create different work heights and are easily moved and setup. However, misuse and neglect can result in hazards and risk of serio...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  July 23, 2014

Serving up Safety

What’s on the menu if you’re a leader in your restaurant or commercial kitchen? The answer, of course, is the safety of your professional staff. To create a well balanced menu, start by focusing on the industry’s common losses and/or those you may ...

Hospitality, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  April 08, 2014

A Whoops and a FOOSH: Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls

It is in that “whoops” moment, when we lose the battle of upright balance to gravity, that we can sustain a FOOSH (fall on an outstretched hand) injury from reflexively trying to brace ourselves as we plummet to the ground. With our feet out from u...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  February 05, 2014