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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 striving to be successful. Increasing profit margins is clearly a […]


According to the DOL, the failure of workers to wear hard hats is one of the most commonly cited OSHA violations. Employers need to be steadfast in their enforcement of safety rules to protect their workers and themselves. A recent incident certainly reinforces the message that hard hats matter. Earlier this month a worker delivering […]

Q&A: Lockout Procedures At Shift Change

Question: “I have some questions concerning lockout tag out and shift change with group lockout…We use what is called a “cross-turn tag” at shift change, ONLY when there is no employee to take over as a primary lockout person. These tags have numbers and those numbers are documented on the lockout paper that also shows […]


As the holidays approach, anticipation and apprehension grows around the “Company Holiday Parties.” While these gatherings provide excellent opportunities to relax, network with co-workers, and hone your interpersonal skills, they also come with risks. Whether you’re employer or employee, here are some tips that could help you avoid holiday horrors, avoid regrettable incidents, result in […]


As winter approaches, many construction related businesses experience a lull in work. Here are some things you should do to winterize your business, make effective use of the time, and prepare for when work picks up again. Inventory Now is a good time to conduct a physical inventory of all tools and PPE. Any materials […]

Safety School: Emergency Response Plans for Permit Required Confined Spaces

Here are four basic questions to check that your emergency response plan for permit required confined spaces is complete. Do you have a rescue team standing by every time someone enters a confined space where the atmosphere either is or could turn into an Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) atmosphere? Otherwise, does the […]


This month there is an emphasis on driving safely to work. Whether your company operates a fleet of vehicles, oversees a travelling sales force, or simply has employees that commute daily, integrating key elements of driving safely into your safety culture can help. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) reports that “Motor vehicle […]

Safety School: Spotlighting the Importance of Checklists

Do you consider workplace checklists an important part of ensuring all necessary safe work procedures are consistently followed? Or do you consider a checklist a slow, tedious, and largely unnecessary procedure for work you already know how to do? Here are two interesting accounts where checklists have been used to great effect. One is a […]


OSHA recently announced that it would extend deadline for implementing its crane operator certification rule requiring  employers to ensure that crane operators are certified until November 10, 2017. OSHA is also extending the employers’ duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same period. Currently OSHA requires employers […]

Safety School: Details of a Fully Developed Emergency Action Plan

Just like a Job Hazard Assessment (JHA) is a way to develop every day employee safe work practices, an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is planning for possible workplace emergencies. And like a JHA, the EAP has a series of cornerstones – development, authority, training, and maintenance – to build upon and is specific to the […]

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