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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

Ol' Man Winter Is Comin... Are Your Employees Ready?

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The leaves are down, the pumpkins are just about gone, and the frosty weather is here. Now is the time to ensure your employees are properly trained and equipped to work safely in cold environments.

General, Transportation, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety, Driving Safety  •  November 12, 2013

Residential Construction Fall Protection

What relevance does an OSHA announcement about Construction in 2010 have in 2013? Think fall protection.

Construction, Slips, Trips & Falls, OSHA  •  August 20, 2013

Ol’ Man Winter Can Be Hazardous to Your Health!

Winter is hanging on for a lot of the country despite the advancing calendar. Consider the following so that you make it to Spring safely!

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety  •  March 07, 2013

What's on Your Feet This Winter?

In a recent blog, I discussed strategies for slip and fall prevention. In this article, we will look more closely at avoiding slip fall incidents through footwear choice rather than surface maintenance.

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  January 30, 2012

Preventing Slips and Falls

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 294,620 employees suffered injuries from slips, trips, or falls. Of these, 221,100 were from falls to the same level or slip or trip events.

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  January 13, 2012

Stay SAFE From the Winter Slip & Fall

It lurks around many a corner, on stairs, down drives, and walkways. It does not discriminate, taking down men and women of all ages and occupations. And it doesn’t care about an individual’s physical ability. Feeding on snow and ice, its tendrils...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety  •  February 18, 2011

Don't Let Gravity Get You Down

It is that time of the year when roads and walkways become slippery and hard to walk on. What we should not forget is that during the year, in any environment, slips trips and falls can be both painful and costly to all persons involved. Slips, tri...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, Safety Programs  •  January 25, 2011

The Clock Starts When You're at the End of Your Rope

Recently, I ran a fall protection workshop for one of our policyholders. They passed with flying colors when it came to fall prevention, but when it came to fall rescue, they were like most companies – they weren’t prepared for what to do after a fal...

Construction, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  June 09, 2010

Federal Law Requires Employers to Protect Employees From Fall Hazards

The Federal law passed by Congress in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act contains a passage known as the General Duty Clause, which requires employers to provide a workplace that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are like...

General, Slips, Trips & Falls, OSHA  •  February 24, 2010