Safety Topics

Summer Heat Safety: Safety Topic - June 17, 2024

Summer has arrived and it’s heating up out there! It’s time to start thinking about how to keep your employees and co-workers safe in their work environment with temperatures increasing. Summer comes every year yet somehow it seems to arrive before we are ready. This week we will discuss heat related illness, tips for hot weather safety and have an open discussion about ways you can prepare in the workplace.

Crane and Hoist Safety: Safety Topic - June 3, 2024

Nothing is more frightening to a crane operator than a crane becoming unbalanced or collapsing due to excessive weight load. In an average year, injuries related to cranes and hoists account for approximately 1,000 lost-time work hours. Employees working with this type of equipment are exposed to great hazards which require taking extra safety precautions.

This week, we will discuss the safety rules for operating cranes, moving loads, and parking loaded cranes. We will also discuss how to properly inspect overhead cranes, hoists, and wire ropes used on hoists.

Snake Safety: Safety Topic - May 27, 2024

Now that the weather has warmed up, the critters are coming out. There are many different types of wildlife that pose a threat in the workplace. Snakes in particular can be a major concern in many regions across the globe. It is vitally important to be aware of the potential threat to your employees and to take the proper steps to avoid and react in case of a snake related incident.

Pinch Points: Safety Topic - May 20, 2024

This week we are going to discuss another common source of workplace injuries, pinch points. The phrase, pinch point may not bring to mind a serious injury, however pinch points can create very severe injuries from crushed appendages or limbs to amputation.
Let’s take a look at defining what pinch points are, how to identify them, common causes of injuries and how to avoid pinch points.

Last Minute Risk Assessment: Safety Topic - April 29, 2024

Many accidents in the workplace are avoidable and often occur during routine tasks. A worker that underestimates the hazards in their job is less likely to remained focused and take the necessary precautions to perform the job safely.
This week we will discuss a tool that can be used in your workplace to provide a final review of the task at hand to ensure employees are operating safely. This tool is the Last Minute Risk Assessment (LMRA).

Ladder Safety: Safety Topic - April 22, 2024

When we think of ladder safety and fall protection, we usually associate them with construction, but ladder safety and fall protection are just as important for maintenance, repairs, and everyday home improvement tasks.
A fall from any height can result in a concussion, traumatic brain injury, and in some cases, death. Ladder accidents are common at home and in the workplace and the majority of ladder deaths are from falls 10 feet or less.
This week we will discuss three commonly used ladder types, how to safely use them, and safe storing and handling techniques that you can easily implement to your usage.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention: Safety Topic - April 1, 2024

Discussing stormwater pollution prevention may not be a common topic in your workplace but the more awareness you have in your facility, the better your pollution prevention program will be. Having an effective stormwater pollution prevention program requires everyone’s time and efforts. The end result of having an effective program is a cleaner environment which benefits everyone in the long run. This week we will discuss the basics of stormwater pollution prevention.

LOTO: Safety Topic - April 1, 2024

Most people know that industrial equipment can be dangerous when it’s being used. That’s why machines are designed with safety equipment and operators wear personal protective equipment when using them but machinery can also present hazards when it’s not in operation. As long as energy sources such as electricity, natural gas, steam, pressurized water, and compressed air are attached to the machine, a hazard exists. Workers who maintain or repair the equipment, or who will be working in close proximity to it, need to be made aware of these hazards and recognize that steps have been taken to protect them.
This week we will review the 6 steps to conduct a proper lockout & tagout so everyone involved, maintenance and operators, understands how to stay safe.

Incident Reporting: Safety Topic - March 25, 2024

Reporting a minor injury may seem trivial at the time. Maybe it’s just a small cut or a slip on a slick floor. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? It happens in everyday life. But what if one day someone it badly cut by that same piece of machinery that barely grazed you or someone slipped and injured themselves in that exact same spot you slipped yesterday. Or to give another scenario, what if you sustain a minor cut but keep working through and don’t properly clean the wound and it becomes infected. It may seem unlikely, but these preventable injuries happen every day. This week we will discuss taking the extra steps to protect yourself and your co-workers by reporting workplace safety incidents.

Material Storage Safety: Safety Topic - March 11, 2024

This week we will dive a little deeper into storage safety practices for the industrial setting. Even the best of the best Tetris© masters are often challenged when it comes to not only finding room to store objects of many shapes and sizes but doing so in a safe manner. This week we will share some safety tips and best practices for storing materials in your workplace.

Substance Abuse: Safety Topic - March 4, 2024

Substance abuse can have a devastating impact on a person’s life including in their workplace. Misuse of drugs or alcohol among US workers create costly medical, social and other problems that affect both employees and employers. Substance abuse by employees threatens not only the safety of the employee but the safety of their colleagues as well. This week we are going to dive into the issues that arise due to substance abuse, contributing factors to substance abuse and lastly prevention methods for deterring substance abuse issues in your workplace.

Ergonomics: Safety Topic - February 26, 2024

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34% of all lost-workday injuries and illnesses are work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). WMSD are a result of a bad match between the worker, the work they perform and the equipment they use. More common names for WMSD include repetitive stress injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, tennis elbow, white finger, and the most common of all, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Incident Reporting: Safety Topic - February 19, 2024

Reporting a minor injury may seem trivial at the time. Maybe it’s just a small cut or a slip on a slick floor. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? It happens in everyday life. But what if one day someone it badly cut by that same piece of machinery that barely grazed you or someone slipped and injured themselves in that exact same spot you slipped yesterday. Or to give another scenario, what if you sustain a minor cut but keep working through and don’t properly clean the wound and it becomes infected. It may seem unlikely, but these preventable injuries happen every day. This week we will discuss taking the extra steps to protect yourself and your co-workers by reporting workplace safety incidents.



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