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Deep fried turkey being removed from fryer.

What Do You Do With 260 Tons of Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey?

The answer to this title question will come a little later. For now, whether digging into leftovers or preparing a socially distant dinner for family and friends, we are bound to find creative ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

Hospitality  •  November 23, 2020
Sun shining over a grassy field

Let The Sunshine In

Baby boomers will undoubtedly recognize this blog title as part of a song medley released in 1969 by the vocal group, The 5th Dimension.

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, Youth Safety, Outdoor Safety, Wellness  •  November 19, 2020
Office worker injured after falling out of chair

Falls from Rolling Chairs – Yeah, it’s a Thing

As the weather turns colder, slip and fall incidents begin to rise. A recent Safety Net post, Fall In Down Without Falling Down was a reminder that fall is beautiful but does present a seasonal hazard.

Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Services, Ergonomics, Inspection, Leadership and Management, Office Ergonomics, Safety Programs, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  November 11, 2020
Distracted worker in warehouse

Presenteeism - Here, But Not Really Here

Woody Allen was once quoted as saying “80 percent of success in life can be attributed to simply showing up.” On the flip side, the actor James Caan is also quoted as saying “Showing up every day isn't enough.

General  •  October 28, 2020
Legs walking down leaf-covered stone steps

Fall In Down Without Falling Down

Oh yeah, it’s getting nippy at night up North with morning frost on the pumpkin a telltale sign. It’s time to don the down or other insulating layer, like fleece over flannel, especially if you tend to be an outsider with autumn activities.

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  October 21, 2020
Safety binder stacked with other binders.

Safety Quotes - Are They Just Lip Service?

Safety related quotes are easily found all around us. Internet searches find thousands of them, we see them on posters in the workplace, and safety meetings often include them.

General, Leadership and Management  •  October 14, 2020
Green extension cord

Which Extension Cords to Use - Lightweight Cords can be Shocking

Employers and employees often don’t recognize the exposures associated with using light duty extension cords and cords not listed and labeled for commercial and industrial use.

General, Electrical, OSHA  •  October 08, 2020
Office worker using computer and yawning at desk.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, but More of the Former May Delay the Latter

Current research suggests that adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night for optimal health and wellness, and don’t think you can “catch-up” over the weekend as this Harvard Medical School article discusses.

General  •  September 30, 2020
Team huddling with hands in the middle

Engaged Employees are Safer Employees

There is a direct correlation between the level of employee engagement and overall safety performance. Improving employee engagement might just improve workplace safety.

General, Safety Programs, Leadership and Management  •  September 24, 2020
Industrial ventilation system

Winter is Coming - is your Ventilation System Tuned for the Pandemic?

Blink and you will miss it. That is something I have been told many times while enjoying Maine’s beautiful summer days during my business travels.

Manufacturing, Services, Transportation, Inspection, Safety Programs  •  September 16, 2020