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.

In over their heads?

In over their heads?

August 26, 2014 by

You know “just get it done” is an attitude that carries rewards, but also serious risks. Most workers in industry and construction know that you have to push to get the job done, because, after all, nothing’s easy. As a safety professional, that means you’ve got to work within that mentality — as in “here’s [...]

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Molten steel burns one worker, kills another

Molten steel burns one worker, kills another

August 12, 2014 by

One worker was killed and another severely burned after a catastrophic machinery collapse triggered a multi-ton molten material spill. Clifton Wright, 21, died shortly after the accident. Gabriel Garcia, 41, survived his injuries. Both worked for CMC Steel Texas in Seguin, TX. A giant ladle containing about 100 tons of molten steel collapsed — investigators [...]

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Worker complaint leads to $72K fine

Worker complaint leads to $72K fine

August 5, 2014 by

OSHA investigates safety complaints usually only after they notify the company of the complaint and give the company an opportunity to fix it. To get to the point where OSHA opens an investigation, it usually means the company ignored the complaint several times – probably from the supervisory level, then up a management level, and [...]

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2 questions supervisors can ask that predict workers’ safety performance

2 questions supervisors can ask that predict workers’ safety performance

July 15, 2014 by

Are workers thinking about safety? Do they care? Those are two crucial safety performance questions, according to a recent study. Researchers found that safety management systems are a great way to reduce workplace injuries, but the systems’ effectiveness is mediated by two factors: the cognitive engagement and the emotional engagement of workers. That is, workers [...]

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Stay out of line of fire-please

Stay out of line of fire-please

July 8, 2014 by

An accident at a Harrison County, KY, Verizon cell phone tower left one worker dead, but it’s the horrific details that make this case something this company will never forget. Two workers were approximately 240 feet in the air, and two workers were on the ground: The work plan was to first lower a nearly [...]

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Protect temp workers this summer

Protect temp workers this summer

July 1, 2014 by

For many businesses, summer business means adding temporary workers: From a safety perspective, that’s a reminder to make sure contingent, contract, interns and temp workers not only receive proper training, but that the organization culture sends the right message. That is, temp workers will often follow the lead of the permanent ones, so if they [...]

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Heavy equipment moving tragedy: 6 tons fell on worker

Heavy equipment moving tragedy: 6 tons fell on worker

June 24, 2014 by

A tragic fatal accident in Washington state serves as a disquieting reminder that moving heavy equipment raises safety risks in the workplace. David King, 58, Tacoma, WA, a warehouse worker for Gensco in Fife, WA, was killed while attempting to move a nearly six-ton metal-bending machine. The machine tipped over and landed on him, crushing [...]

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Temp worker safety: Rapidly reinforce training

Temp worker safety: Rapidly reinforce training

June 17, 2014 by

As more and more companies rely on contingent and temporary labor, especially during summer months, it’s a good idea to review how effective your safety programs are for these workers. One key: Make sure you have regular follow-up to your initial safety training. Temp workers have to learn your safety procedures quickly. To help them [...]

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