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Gravity Has a Hold on You

Fall-related construction worker fatalities are on the rise despite focused inspections and training, increasing 36% from 2011 to 2015 according to the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). This increase outpaced an increase in constr...

Construction, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  August 03, 2017

Crystalline Silica: Not Just Fun in the Sand

Although many of us like to spend our summers with our feet in the sand, we should all remember that one of the major components of sand can be a major health hazard for those that are exposed to it.

General, Safety Programs  •  July 27, 2017

Keeping Teens Safe on the Job

Many states have laws allowing teens as young as 14 years old to work in the hospitality industry in seasonal workplaces like movie theaters, amusement parks, bowling alleys, and some parts of hotels and bakeries. These jobs can teach great work and...

General, Hospitality, Youth Safety  •  July 25, 2017

Let Posture Be Your Guide

During ergonomic evaluations, I take a photo of the person’s posture while he or she works. So often, the person is surprised by the photo. He or she may be twisted, slouched, stretched or reaching, and yet perceive himself as having picture-perfec...

General, Office Ergonomics  •  July 19, 2017

Ladder Safety

Falls from ladders are a leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control statistics published in 2014, 43% of fatal falls in the last decade involved ladders.

General, Construction, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  July 12, 2017

It's Road Construction Season Once Again

While many areas of the country experience road construction year-round, summer generally means an uptick in highway projects. Summer also brings an increase in traffic as people head out on vacations.

Construction, Transportation, General, Outdoor Safety, Youth Safety  •  July 05, 2017

When Anger Erupts (Violence in the Workplace)

Any act in which one person seeks to hurt or intimidate another through the use of physical contact, verbal harassment, or manipulation, can be defined as workplace violence and is a risk common to all employers.

General, Hiring Practices  •  June 28, 2017

Caregivers: First Do No Harm to Yourselves

Caregivers often put the needs of others before their own regardless of what exposures they may face while doing their nurturing tasks. One of the most important tips to give both informal and professional caregivers is to ensure that THEIR SAFETY CO...

Healthcare  •  June 21, 2017

OSHA Delays Online Injury Reporting Rule

On May 17, OSHA announced that employers will not have to electronically file injury and illness information by July 1, as the rule had stated. As of the date of this announcement, OSHA still had not opened the online portal for employers to file the...

General, OSHA  •  June 14, 2017

Risk Compensation and the Peltzman Effect

While watching television several months ago I came across an author promoting his book. As a safety person, I immediately took note as he was directly speaking about safety.

General, Leadership and Management  •  June 09, 2017