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The Meaning of Labor Day

This Monday (Sept. 1st) is Labor Day. It’s celebrated on the first Monday in September every year, but what does Labor Day really mean? Labor Day was created by the labor movement as a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to prosperity and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day celebration was […]

Responding to Common Workplace Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, meaning that employers need to take the time ensure they have the training and planning in place to effectively respond to an emergency. Any unforeseen crisis that demands an immediate response is an emergency. Emergencies in the workplace can mean a disruption of work; harm to employees or customers; and […]


A recent report from the he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) examined 20 recent heat-related cases and found that the lack of an acclimatization program was a primary factor for heat stress among new workers. Of the 13 fatality cases, nine of the deaths occurred in the first three days on the job, […]

Texas Child Labor Law Poster Update

The Safety Services Company Texas Child Labor Law Poster was updated on July 18, 2014 to include an update to the 2013 version that adds two more prohibited occupations for 14- and 15-year-olds. 15)   Youth peddling activities 16)   Catching and cooping of poultry in preparation for transport or for market This change is to the […]

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Poster Update

The federal labor law poster’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) posting has been updated to include sexual orientation and gender identity on the list of discrimination protections for employers with a federal government contract or subcontract. This EEO posting revision follows President Obama’s signing of Executive Order 11478. It affects businesses, government agencies, or organizations with […]

Minnesota Minimum Wage Poster Updates

The Minnesota Minimum Wage Rates poster was updated to reflect August 1, 2014 changes to the minimum wage. The rate changes include: Raising the minimum wage required of large employers from $6.15 to $8 per hour Raising the minimum wage required of small employers from $5.25 to $6.50 per hour A training wage increase from […]

Michigan Minimum Wage Poster Updates

The Michigan Minimum Wage increase on September 1, 2014, the first Michigan minimum wage increase since 2009, brings an update to a posting required of all employers. The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014, caused several changes to the MIOSHA Required Poster, “General Requirements – Minimum Wage and Overtime” The most consequential […]

Spotting Safety: Excavation Cave-ins

  For anyone standing at the bottom of a trench and looking up at the sheer face of a column of freshly exposed dirt it becomes clear how important it is to establish proper protections considering the consequences of a cave-in. And it is apparent that in both photos, neither employee is adequately protected. But […]


Falls are the second leading cause of occupational deaths after motor vehicle crashes. In 2012, 704 workers were killed because of falls and over 20% of those deaths were from falls of 10 feet or less. In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities. 307 construction workers died from falls in […]


August 15th is the start of National Stop on Red week. Red light running causes hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. In 2012, 683 people were killed because of red light running. This is roughly 10% of all traffic fatalities. An estimated 133,000 were injured in crashes that involved red […]

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