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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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HARD HATS MATTER

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…

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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…

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AVOID HOLIDAY HORRORS

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…

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