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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.

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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Skid-steer loader operator killed when vehicle knocked off balance

Skid-steer loader operator killed when vehicle knocked off balance

June 10, 2014 by

A skid-steer loader operator was killed during renovations of Kyle Field Stadium at Texas A&M University, and OSHA’s subsequent investigation led the agency to issue willful citations to two contractors. Lindamood Demolition, Inc., was the employer of the vehicle operator, Angel Garcia, 25. It faces $56,000 in penalties for a willful violation of “routinely” overloading [...]

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Heat-illness prevention: Water, rest, shade & acclimate

Heat-illness prevention: Water, rest, shade & acclimate

June 3, 2014 by

With warm weather on the way—and summer’s peak hot days coming—now’s a good time to prep workers in how to prevent heat-related illnesses. Some keys: Know the tasks that are the riskiest and locations of the greatest dangers. If it’s a warehouse with minimum ventilation, prep workers for that (including improving ventilation—even an open door [...]

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Are you ready for severe weather?

Are you ready for severe weather?

May 20, 2014 by

Spring and summer usually bring severe weather—and that means cleanup after storms. In the past several weeks, a series of storms have hit the Midwest, the South, and the eastern U.S. with heavy rains, flash floods, tornadoes, and high winds. That meant potential hazardous cleanup afterward, and with summer on the way, more cleanup is [...]

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