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It’s All in the Details

As is often the case when I’m noodling a few ideas for Safety Net topics I turn to famous quotes. Smarter people than me have had brilliant things to say about safety, leadership, or the consequences that occur when safety isn’t a priority and luck r...

General, Inspection  •  March 16, 2022
National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week Starts On March 20 2022

March 20 marks the first day of spring this year as well as the start of National Poison Prevention Week. This weeklong event is intended to raise awareness on the dangers of poisons, ultimately to reduce the number of poisonings that occur, especial...

General  •  March 09, 2022
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OSHA Recordkeeping: A Deeper Dive into the Requirements

Have you ever wondered, “How do I record an injury or illness on my OSHA 300 log?” or “Is there additional documentation that I need to maintain?” This is a topic that many businesses have questions about and a frequent topic of The Safety Net.

General, OSHA  •  March 02, 2022
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Beware the Weakest Link

Workplace safety could be regarded as the greatest team sport there is. Now, those are pretty bold words, especially coming from a sports fan. But there are undeniable parallels and since the stakes are so much higher...

General  •  February 23, 2022
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Learn from History

History repeating itself is a sad and all too common occurrence in the safety world. Is there anything more tragic than well-known hazards causing multiple injuries over time?

General, Safety Programs, Emergency Preparedness  •  February 17, 2022
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Drive to Stay Alive

As a young paramedic back in the 1980’s I quickly learned how devastating automobile collisions are. The human body simply doesn’t hold up well given the dynamics of a high-speed impact.

Transportation, Driving Safety  •  February 09, 2022
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A Toolbox Talk Reminder

It’s easy to set a reminder on your calendar to meet someone for lunch, but how do you effectively remind employees that safety really is the most important part of their job?

General, Construction, Manufacturing, Safety Programs  •  February 02, 2022
Vacuum Lift System

Vacuum Lifters Really Suck (And That’s A Good Thing)

The owner of a landscaping and property service business told me recently that he bought a vacuum lift system that attaches to an excavator to handle the heavy lifting of stone steps, slabs, and pavers on hardscape projects.

Construction, Manufacturing, Manual Material Handling, Ergonomics  •  January 26, 2022
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Entry-Level Commercial Driver Training - The Law is Right Around the Corner

If your company’s fleet includes a school bus, dump truck, or any other type of commercial vehicle, February 7, 2022, should be an important date for you.

Transportation, General, Driving Safety  •  January 19, 2022
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Fuel Gas Detection - It’s a Good Idea

Propane and natural gas are both popular fuels when it comes to heating and cooking. However, these fuels present risks. In the event of a leak both can produce a highly flammable vapor cloud presenting an explosion hazard in enclosed spaces.

General  •  January 12, 2022

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