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Best Practices for Hotel Drivers and Guest Baggage

Hospitality employees are at an increased risk of injury compared to several other industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 data, the injury and illness rate for hotel employees was 5.1 compared to 3.0 for general industry.

Hospitality, Manual Material Handling  •  September 27, 2017
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Working Safely Over or Near Water

With recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma altering the landscape from sinister storm surges and unforgiving flooding rains, it is clear some form of work will need to be conducted over or near water.

Construction, General, OSHA  •  September 19, 2017
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Powered Industrial Truck Pedestrian Safety Lights—What a Bright Idea!

According to a report published by OSHA, in 2015 there were approximately 96,785 incidents related to powered industrial trucks. With approximately 855,900 lifts in the US, roughly 1 in 10 forklifts were involved in an accident.

Construction, Manufacturing, General  •  September 15, 2017
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Torque Tool Use

Recently I was asked about safe torque levels when using electrically, pneumatically, or hydraulically powered screwdrivers or wrenches. These tools are often used in assembly jobs in the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing  •  September 06, 2017
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Distracted Driving Messages Abound

The public service messages regarding safe driving are just about everywhere. On billboards, electronic signs, and bumper stickers we see reminders to buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and put down the cell phone. The question is this: Is the message...

Transportation, Driving Safety  •  August 30, 2017

Don't Let Solar Events Eclipse Safety

It’s been almost 100 years since the last coast-to-coast total solar eclipse, so there is plenty of reason to be excited for the big event on Monday. But don’t let a once-in-a-lifetime solar event eclipse everyday safety.

General, Transportation, Outdoor Safety  •  August 18, 2017
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Table Saw Safety

The table saw is one of the most widely used woodworking machines in today’s manufacturing processes due to its versatility, efficiency, and ease of use. Table saws can rip wood, cross cut, dado, miter, bevel, and even cut shapes and edging to create...

Construction, General  •  August 16, 2017
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Only You Can Prevent Skin Cancer

These sunny summer days are great. The bright summer sun gives us light, energy, and increases our vitamin D production. However, the same sun that gives us so much can be a hazard for outdoor workers. What are the hazards?

General, Construction, Outdoor Safety  •  August 09, 2017

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