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Snow machine removing snow

Goodbye 2020, Hello Winter 2021

Winter officially arrived 10 days ago, and Mother Nature certainly has been cooperating with the calendar in many places across the country. Though some of us may not like the snow or cold, at least it’s something “normal” for this year.

Transportation, General, Construction, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski  •  December 31, 2020
Woodland scene with midnight blue sky and full moon

For the Year it's Been

With a successful countdown to magical merriment now behind him, looking down from high above, he arrives at cruising altitude. Snow-capped roofs and frosted trees speckle the frozen landscape as his steady team powers his flight on a tranquil, moonl...

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, Leadership and Management  •  December 21, 2020
Report of Work Injury Form

Injury Reporting Versus Injury Recording (Part 2 of 2)

To further clarify an employer’s responsibilities, Part 2 of this series examines definitions and scenarios outlined within the OSHA recordkeeping standards.

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, OSHA, Claims Management, Safety Programs, Return-to-Work  •  December 16, 2020
Boots equipped with traction enhancers.

Target Mapping to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls (STFs)

In 2018, out of the 900,380 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work, 27% were related to slips, trips, and falls

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety  •  December 08, 2020
Report of Work Injury Form

Injury Reporting Versus Injury Recording (Part 1 of 2)

We all dread that telephone call that informs us someone has been injured in our workplace. Our first and most obvious concern is for the employee and ensuring they have received proper medical treatment and that family members have been notified.

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, OSHA, Claims Management, Safety Programs, Return-to-Work  •  December 02, 2020
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

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