The Workplace Safety Network provides OSHA updates, practical ideas and real-world case studies to help Safety professionals create a safer workplace. This informative and entertaining blog covers what Safety leaders care about most, including safety leadership and training ideas on forklift safety, hazcom, lockout/tagout, slip, trips & falls, back safety, fire prevention, fall protection, and more.

Are people trained for the unexpected?

Are people trained for the unexpected?

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A Colorado television reporter suffered frostbite during spot-news coverage of a cold snap; ironically, he was reporting on the importance of dressing properly for the cold weather if outside for extended periods of time. Eric Fink of KRDO was outside in negative 10 degrees when he encountered problems with his camera – and took his […]

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Are emergency-response personnel designated and prepared?

Are emergency-response personnel designated and prepared?

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Here’s a reminder: Emergency-response personnel need to be designated, trained for specific purposes such as fire or haz-chem response, have the proper equipment – and have any required training and certifications kept up-to-date. Nissan Brake Georgia, Inc., Rock Spring, GA, faces $53,000 in fines for failing to train designated emergency-response personnel, as well as for […]

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Upgraded tech requires updated training

Upgraded tech requires updated training

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Two men who died in a crane accident in Winters, CA, in the spring should not have been in the man-basket that snapped and fell to earth, according to OSHA. The agency fined Disney Construction, Inc. $100,000 for failing to properly train workers, for failing to properly inspect equipment, and for using improper rigging. The […]

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Mentorship: Finding the balance

Mentorship: Finding the balance

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You know that assigning new hires a mentor can be an extremely effective way to boost new hire performance and improve safety. But as you know, a lot of responsibility hangs on the mentor. Case in point: We recently witnessed on-the-job training on a regional rail line. The mentor was giving advice off-the-cuff, asked the […]

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Equipment operator fatally crushed

Equipment operator fatally crushed

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It only takes a minute to adjust a machine, but doing so without locking out can prove fatal. A machine operator at Cleveland Track Material, Cleveland, OH, suffered fatal blunt-force trauma when he tried to adjust a set screw on a rolling mill used to make railroad equipment. A spinning shaft contacted him and he […]

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Put it all back together for safety’s sake

Put it all back together for safety’s sake

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Machine guards get removed for many reasons, but sometimes they just aren’t reinstalled after maintenance. It’s understandable – you fix a problem and want to get the machine up and running again. It feels like the job is done. Reinstalling the machine guards can seem … optional. But it’s not. And a Chicago fatality in […]

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