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SNOW REMOVAL

Every year workers are killed or seriously injured while performing snow or ice removal from the rooftops of commercial, residential, and other building structures. Snow removal operations are often performed under extreme weather conditions by workers who may have little experience or training on the…

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Q&A: Emergency Shower Installation Requirements

Question: I currently have an indoor safety shower, and want an outdoor safety shower just outside the building, does the supply need to be sized in case both showers are used at once? Answer: OSHA’s applicable regulation is 1910.151(c): “Where the eyes or body of…

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Contact Release Training is New to NFPA…

The 2015 NFPA 70E standard for workplace electrical safety is now making the rounds, and depending on when the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) you report to, may be adopted at any time in the next three years. The foreword of the new standard lists 20…

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WINTER WALKING

This winter has been one of the worst for much of the U.S., with near-record snow, ice, and many other weather hazards. Walking in winter weather can be particularly dangerous. Snow is bad enough, but ice and icy conditions can present a far greater hazard…

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Heart Disease Awareness Month

February is Heart Disease Awareness month. This observance was established in 1964 to address the fact that heart disease was the leading killer in the U.S., claiming more lives every year than all types of cancer combined. What may be surprising is that since 1984…

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GETTING A GRIP ON HAND-ARM VIBRATION SYNDROME

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) also known as "Dead Finger" or "Dead Hand" causes symptoms in fingers, hands, and arms from using vibrating tools, or by working with machinery that vibrates. HAV, formerly vibration white finger, was renamed to HAVS, as other symptoms may occur in…

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WORKPLACE EYE SAFETY

February is workplace eye safety month. Eye injuries in the workplace are common occurrences. More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work every day. About 10% of those injuries result in one or more days of lost time, and about 10-20 % will cause…

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Industrial Hacking

Digital thieves are constantly looking for data to steal whether it’s personal information, financial records, and intellectual property, whatever they can get. They may use this data to steal money, corporate information, or disrupt your business. Your task is to do all you can to…

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Download Scaffolding Code of Safe Practices Now

Two scaffold safety organizations have developed a concise scaffolding code of safe practices that would beneficial for employers to post at worksites, follow and instill in all applicable workers. With enough content to fill a small poster, the code covers general guidelines as well as…

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HOW SAFE IS YOUR BUSINESS?

Most successful businesses understand the consequences of inadequate safety, and it’s reinforced by the data that shows proper safety training and practices reduce insurance, lost time, and turnover costs. The key question that remains however is; How safe is your business? Business owners are constantly…

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