Electricity: Fact vs. fiction

Nov 24, 2014 News

Understanding electrical safety on the job is critical. But can you separate electrical safety myths from facts?

Practice good ergonomics

May 22, 2015 Safety Tips

Whether sitting in an office all day or moving material in a warehouse, practicing good ergonomics can help workers stay healthy.

The crisis of prescription drug abuse

May 22, 2015 Safety Tips

The National Safety Council states that overdoses -- mostly from prescription opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and morphine -- are the leading cause of unintentional death among adults ages 25-64.

Be prepared for an emergency situation

May 22, 2015 Safety Tips

Disasters can manifest in a variety of ways. Taking preventive measures and planning ahead can help you remain calm in an emergency.

Don’t slip up

May 22, 2015 Safety Tips

In 2012, slips, trips and falls resulted in 704 work-related deaths and roughly 220,000 cases with days away from work, according to the 2015 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts.”

Workplace bullying

Apr 27, 2015 Safety Tips

According to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, workplace bullying generally involves repeated incidents intended to “intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person or group of people.”

Spider bites

Apr 27, 2015 Safety Tips

Encountering a spider is not an ideal situation for most people. And for outdoor workers, including gardeners, farmers, construction workers and mail carriers, spiders can present an occupational hazard.

Choosing proper footwear

Apr 27, 2015 Safety Tips

Wearing the wrong kind of protective footwear on the job can cause discomfort, calluses, ingrown toenails and generally tired feet.

Prevent backover injuries and deaths

Mar 30, 2015 Safety Tips

Backing vehicles and equipment are a serious occupational hazard. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, of the 443 struck-by fatalities at road construction sites between 2003 and 2010, 143 cases involved a vehicle or mobile equipment backing up.

Avoid nail gun injuries

Mar 30, 2015 Safety Tips

Nail guns are helpful tools, but they also have the potential to cause injury. NIOSH notes that nail gun injuries result in an estimated 37,000 emergency department visits every year, with 68 percent of these visits involving workers.

Extension ladder safety

Mar 30, 2015 Safety Tips

Ladders may look similar but they are not all the same. Take the extension ladder, for example. Extension ladders generally have two sections that operate in brackets to allow for adjusting the ladder’s length. OSHA notes that these types of ladders need a stable structure to hold loads, as they are not self-supporting.

Help keep young workers safe

Feb 23, 2015 Safety Tips

Having a job can be an exciting and rewarding experience for young people. But according to OSHA, people younger than 25 are 2 times as likely as older workers to be injured on the job, and more than 170,000 young workers were injured and 361 were killed at work in 2012.

Battery acid hazards

Feb 02, 2015 Safety Tips

A variety of safety precautions must be considered when handling batteries and battery acid.

Implementing a near-miss reporting system

Jan 26, 2015 Safety Tips

An employee may recount a story of a “close call” at work. He or she also may describe the incident as a “near collision” or “narrow escape.” All these terms refer to a near miss.

Protecting temporary workers

Dec 22, 2014 Safety Tips

In an effort to better protect temporary workers – who are at an increased risk of work-related injuries and illnesses – OSHA and NIOSH partnered to release a report containing recommended practices for staffing agencies and host employers.

Help keep employees safe from asbestos

Dec 22, 2014 Safety Tips

Known for its strength and chemical and heat resistance, asbestos is a natural fibrous mineral that can have devastating effects on workers if proper precautions are not taken, states the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia.

Operate sanding equipment safely

Nov 24, 2014 Safety Tips

Sanding machines can be dangerous if not properly handled. To help stay safe, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety advises workers to read the owner’s manual of the sander and thoroughly understand how to use it.

Avoid getting pinched

Nov 24, 2014 Safety Tips

Pinch points are a serious hazard when working with machinery that has rotating parts. Pinch points are caused by machinery parts that move toward each other or a part that moves past something stationary.

Electricity: Fact vs. fiction

Nov 24, 2014 Safety Tips

Understanding electrical safety on the job is critical. But can you separate electrical safety myths from facts?

Basics of rigging safety

Oct 27, 2014 Safety Tips

Rigging – when workers prepare equipment to be lifted by cranes, hoists or other material-handling machinery – is a common work process on shipyard and construction sites, among others. Performing rigging operations safely is critical.

Critical accounts: Interviewing witnesses to a workplace incident

Oct 27, 2014 Safety Tips

Time is of the essence when investigating workplace incidents. Because people remember events with more clarity directly after an incident occurs, it is important to identify and interview witnesses as soon as possible, the National Safety Council states.

Extension cord do’s and don’ts

Sep 28, 2014 Safety Tips

Electrical extension cords are used in many office buildings and worksites, and should be treated with caution. The Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation reminds workers that correct use of extension cords is an important component of on-the-job electrical safety.

Safe operation of chain saws

Sep 28, 2014 Safety Tips

Chain saws are one of the most efficient portable power tools workers have at their disposal, according to OSHA. They also are one of the most dangerous.

Take steps to prevent eyestrain

Sep 28, 2014 Safety Tips

Do you ever find yourself rubbing your eyes, blinking repeatedly and looking away from your computer screen? You may be experiencing eyestrain.

Preparing employees for emergency situations

Aug 25, 2014 Safety Tips

Do your employees know what to do in the event of a fire or a tornado? What about a nearby chemical spill or a gunman in the building? Ready.gov, a FEMA website aimed at educating people about preparing and responding to emergencies, urges all employers to train workers on evacuation, sheltering and lockdown procedures.

Help prevent falls from equipment

Jul 28, 2014 Safety Tips

Working on and around heavy equipment – including tractors, forklifts and bulldozers – can result in serious injuries and even death. One potential danger is falling from the equipment.

Work safely with wood

Jul 28, 2014 Safety Tips

Woodworking equipment can be extremely dangerous if used incorrectly or if proper safeguards are not in place. Common injuries include lacerations, amputations, severed fingers and blindness. Additionally, wood dust can contain hazardous chemicals, which may cause skin and respiratory diseases.

Be aware of trench collapse dangers

Jul 28, 2014 Safety Tips

From 2000 to 2009, an average of 35 workers died every year in trenching or excavation cave-ins, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Creating a safe driving program for workers

Jun 23, 2014 Safety Tips

Every year, motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity, according to a white paper from OSHA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety.

Avoid contact with poisonous plants

Jun 23, 2014 Safety Tips

Anyone working outdoors is at risk of exposure to poisonous plants, including poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

Act fast after a cut

Jun 23, 2014 Safety Tips

Approximately 70,250 cut or laceration cases involving days away from work occurred in the private sector in 2011, according to the 2014 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts.”

FACEValue: Farm laborer electrocuted in potato field

Jun 23, 2014 Safety Tips

A farm laborer in his 20s, standing in a pool of water in a potato field, was electrocuted and died when he touched the energized cross-brace of an operational self-propelled irrigation system.

Know your surroundings

May 23, 2014 Safety Tips

According to the 2014 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts,” contact with objects and equipment was responsible for 15.1 percent of workplace deaths by event or exposure in 2011.

Say no to distracted driving

May 23, 2014 Safety Tips

Cell phone use has become part of the culture we live in, but no phone call or text is worth a life.

Watch your step

May 23, 2014 Safety Tips

In 2011, slips, trips or falls were the cause of 14.5 percent of work-related deaths, according to the 2014 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts.”

Preventing prescription drug abuse

May 23, 2014 Safety Tips

Prescription drug abuse is a rising epidemic that can significantly affect the workplace. Symptoms of prescription drug abuse can be hard to spot. However, if you suspect an employee is abusing or addicted to a prescription medication, contact human resources or your employee assistance program.

In the sun

May 23, 2014 Safety Tips

If you work outside, do so safely and know your body’s limits.

Falling and flying objects

Apr 28, 2014 Safety Tips

Being struck by an object or piece of equipment resulted in 473 work-related deaths in 2011, according to the 2014 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts.”

Cement safety

Apr 28, 2014 Safety Tips

By taking basic precautions, workers can safely mix, handle and finish concrete without incident.

Contact lenses at work

Apr 28, 2014 Safety Tips

In certain workplaces, wearing contact lenses can complicate eye safety, according to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Exercise caution when lifting heavy loads

Mar 24, 2014 Safety Tips

In 2011, the back was the body part involved in the largest percentage of injuries involving days away from work, according to the 2014 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts.”

Don’t be overcome by carbon monoxide

Mar 24, 2014 Safety Tips

Workers who operate equipment such as cutting saws, pumps and generators in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces are at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning – even in areas that appear well-ventilated.