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.

Conditions like Triangle Shirtwaist still exist

Conditions like Triangle Shirtwaist still exist

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Sixty-nine of 72 workers at a flip-flop and slipper manufacturer in Valenzuela, Philippines, were killed on the second floor after a fire trapped them inside. Workers were apparently trying to escape via windows, but the windows were barred and workers were reportedly seen grasping the bars in an effort to shake them loose. The fire […]

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Watch out for risk migration

Watch out for risk migration

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Each year, as the weather heats up, one predictable tragedy focuses on parents’ forgetting babies in car seats. While those tragedies are outside the realm of a general-industry and construction safety blog, the infant car seats themselves are a perfect example of safety concept of risk migration. The car seat is reversed and placed in […]

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Another reason to lock out

Another reason to lock out

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Here is another reason to make sure workers lock out their machines before performing maintenance, clean jammed materials, or otherwise put themselves too close to powerful equipment and stored energy: A Detroit automobile manufacturer reported today that one of its workers was crushed to death on the job. Details are sketchy at press time, but […]

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Tragic reminder on clearing equipment

Tragic reminder on clearing equipment

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Machinery gets jammed. For a worker that means an irritating delay. But from a safety perspective, that means the degree of danger just rose. A tragic case in point: A worker in a Pennsylvania printing company lost his life after trying to clear a clogged book-baler. Rescue workers found the worker under a pile of […]

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Watch out for ‘Just be careful’

Watch out for ‘Just be careful’

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There’s an old safety saying: “Be careful” really means “Just don’t get hurt.” The idea is that warnings about safety hazards don’t do enough. You have to fix the problem. A recent case shows the idea underlying this: A western Pennsylvania roofing contractor sent a worker out to a residence. Power lines at 7,200 volts […]

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