Safety Topics

Crane and Hoist Safety: Safety Brief - November 28, 2022

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.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention: Safety Brief - November 14, 2022

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.

Last Minute Risk Analysis: Safety Brief - October 10, 2022

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).

Choking First Aid: Safety Brief - September 19, 2022

Choking in the workplace, at a restaurant or at home is not an uncommon occurrence. In adults, choking most commonly occurs during mealtimes when a piece of food becomes lodged in the throat. This can be a very scary experience for the choking person as well as bystanders that may not feel equipped to help the person. This week we will provide information on basic first aid for a person who is choking so you can feel more prepared to help yourself and those around you.

Proper Lifting Technique: Safety Brief - September 12, 2022

Lifting injuries due to poor technique are very prevalent not only in the workplace but in everyday lift. Understanding simple mechanics of proper lifting could not only prevent workplace injuries but also improve your overall quality of life by decreasing your chances of a serious back injury. This week we will dive deeper into why it’s important, provide tips for preparing for a lift, discuss the do’s and don’ts and provide the basic mechanics of a proper lifting technique.

Knife Safety: Safety Brief - September 5, 2022

Knives are a common tool in the workplace but can easily and quickly cause a serious injury if not used properly. Lacerations are one of the highest categories of injuries in the workplace. These injuries are avoidable if employees are equipped with the correct tools and safety procedures to perform their job. This week we will discuss safe work practices for knife use in the workplace.

Pinch Points: Safety Brief - August 29, 2022

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.

Incident Reporting: Safety Brief - August 15, 2022

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’s 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.

Powered Industrial Truck Safety: Safety Brief - August 8, 2022

Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) including forklifts and other powered material handling vehicles are extremely common in the workplace. So common that often they get taken for granted. However, when not handled properly, these powerful machines can cause major damage to workers and the workplace. This week, we will cover the basics of powered industrial truck safety.

Heat Exhaustion: Safety Brief - August 1, 2022

With record setting heatwaves across the country it is important that we are on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion. This week’s talk is a review of heat stress and ways to stay safe both at work and at home. There are many activities and conditions that can pose heat stress risks: when the temperature outside starts to soar, during strenuous physical activity and when you work around radiant heat sources. When your body is at risk of a heat induced illness, it will tell you. Heat stress symptoms are visible; you just need to know what conditions to watch out for. Over the next few days we will learn about heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other heat related conditions to out look for.

Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls: Safety Brief - July 25, 2022

I’m willing to bet nearly everyone who is reading this safety brief has experienced a slip, trip or a fall. Sometimes on a completely flat surface for not reason other than daydreaming or not paying attention to your surroundings. These events are unavoidable, however with the proper practices and situational awareness, these incidents can be greatly reduced, and your workplace can avoid more serious injuries. This week we will discuss why it is important to talk about slips, trips and falls, common causes, and some best practices to reduce these incidents in your workplace.

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