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You may think you’ve heard it all regarding safety, but this bizarre story might be something new: A safety director in a Wisconsin manufacturing plant was investigated for the method he used to see if workers were wearing safety shoes. The director reportedly stomped on workers’ feet to see if they were complying with a rule requiring […]
Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects workers from injury. Yet getting workers to wear their PPE is one of the toughest challenges safety supervisors face. One safety officer says don’t tell workers to wear their PPE, show them.
NOVEMBER 6, 2011: As a kid, I didn’t care much for hide-and-seek. Let ‘em hide. Ol’ Nick wasn’t about to go looking for them. When I became an OSHA inspector, I learned to play the game. Now I open drawers, poke around in cleaning closets and check fuse boxes. In fact, I’ve gotten good at […]
We start all of our meetings with a safety contact or safety message. Here’s one that I put together recently. In PowerPoint, make a zero as large as possible –one red and one green. (Stop and Go) While reading this message, show the red Zero. As you finish, show the green Zero. MESSAGE: Zero – […]
Great article about the big box stores. One thing I notice, especially at the construction type big box stores, is that even safe on-the-job contractors exhibit unsafe behaviours as the time-is-money syndrome hits. Poor planning or unforeseen events have them leave the jobsite to procure materials. Everything is done in a hurry and they load […]
As 2011 nears an end, it’s a good time for businesses to evaluate facility lighting and prepare for the U.S. Department of Energy’s energy-efficiency legislation that will go into effect in 2012. This legislation will mandate that lighting manufacturers cease the production of non-efficient lighting and related products, which will change the way facilities consume […]
If you’re planning to serve drinks at your holiday party, here are some of the steps you can take to prevent drunk driving accidents, recommended by alcohol liability consultant Shelly Timms: Make guests pay for their drinks and don’t allow workers to buy drinks for clients Limit the number of drinks each guest can consume […]
Here are 10 interesting things that you ought to know about drinking and driving. 1. Alcohol-related fatalities are caused primarily by the consumption of beer (80%) followed by liquor/wine (20%) 2. There is considerable evidence that laws that lower the illegal BAC limit from .10 to .08 can reduce alcohol-related fatalities by an average of […]
On November 18, 1947 the worst fire in New Zealand’s history occurred. At 3:30 in the afternoon, with five weeks until Christmas, the Christchurch department store Ballantyne’s was full. In the acre-wide store were 250 customers and more than 300 employees, including salespeople, the dressmaking department and the office staff. When a salesman was informed […]
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