The Safety Blog


Heat Stress Preparation

As we move through spring and temperatures start to rise in most of North America, it’s time to start thinking about avoiding heat stress. Although some parts of the country believe that the cold weather will never end, I assure you it will, and when it does the heat will be on. Heat-related illnesses range […]


A Case Study Clarifying How To Decide It’s a Workplace Injury

Imagine the following situation and ask yourself if you know exactly why or why not the employer should log the injury as work related. An employee, while walking up 80 feet of steps at work, had their left knee suddenly “pop” and couldn’t place weight on it, requiring first aid. After being taken to a […]


Spotting Safety: Earthmoving Equipment Training

Although it’s impossible to discern exactly what led to this overturned skid steer, an experienced operator can tell you that it can be easy to upset earthmoving equipment like this. Because of the weighted back end, if you go too fast uphill or backwards downhill, and have the bucket lifted high enough to raise the […]


DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on today’s roadways. In 2012, a total of 3,328 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes. So far this year alone in the U.S., there have been more than 276,000 crashes involving drivers who were using cell phones or texting. While cell-phone use is one of the major causes, it’s […]


Spotting Safety: Self Supporting Ladders

Because they are so versatile, ladders can be the most incorrectly used tool at a worksite. Working with a ladder on a regular basis, you can become very familiar with the tool and learn how to get really creative with using it to reach some tough locations. I’ve seen people “walking” while on a ladder: […]


Safety Training for Non-English Employers

The increasing diversity in today’s workplace is putting more and more focus on issues regarding language and literacy. A constant concern for supervisors and managers is determining whether their safety training for non-English speaking employees is adequate. In other words, do the workers really understand? In April 2010, OSHA released a memorandum requiring all employers […]


Spotting Safety: Forklift Counterweighting

We can see the significant load is so large that the center of gravity is so far away from the forklift. Because the load is too much for this forklift the operator has compensated by adding extra weights to the back of the forklift, offsetting them to counterbalance the load and move the truck’s center […]


Employer Responsible For Determining Qualified Rigger Status

A new clarification from OSHA on March 18, 2014 shed more light on why it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure an employee is a “qualified rigger” when working with cranes and derricks in construction. Last year, an international association of bridge workers asked if a “qualified evaluator (third party)” that provides training and qualification […]


OSHA Interpretation: Employees Must Be Protected From All Impalement Hazards

This recent clarification on impalement hazards from OSHA on March 18, 2014 is a perfect example why all employers must know and take to heart the General Duty Clause (section 5(a)(1)). The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers asked OSHA if it recognized objects other than reinforcing steel as impalement hazards. […]


Spotting Safety: Power Tool Trigger Guards

I hope you’ve never seen this before: a zip lock used to lock down a trigger, either replacing a missing one or on a tool that was never meant to have a trigger lock. Sure several hours of holding that trigger down while grinding away at a big job can be tiring, but this is […]


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