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If you’re ever going to have to deal with a serious medical emergency, chances are pretty good that it will be a heart attack. Heart attacks are a leading cause of death among North Americans. They can occur anywhere, and that includes the workplace.
Because heart attacks are so common, it’s important [...]
In August of 2009, the employees of our facility watched in horror as one of our own lay on the floor unable to move. Our colleague (we’ll call him “A.L.”) had fallen and hit his head. He was bleeding and semi conscious. No one knew to what extent his injuries were.
By Catherine Jones
A few weeks ago, I received the following question from a SafetyXChange member, who, due to the sensitive issue, wishes to remain anonymous.
“I have found workers to be non-compliant when it comes to working in remote sites. Managers are never around to find out how poorly, and displaced workers often miss out on [...]
Virtually every safety professional in the United States is hit dead center by potential new crackdowns on OSHA 300 log accuracy.
As OSHA moves towards electronic reporting of injury and illness, every error you make may be scrutinized. And if your mistakes appear the least bit suspicious, you could be hit with “willful” citations that would [...]
West Pharmaceutical Services is a $500 million public corporation that manufactures rubber components for drug vials and syringes. On January 29, 2003, a dust explosion at its Kinston, NC, plant, killed six and injured 38, including two firefighters that responded to the incident.
West’s media response was swift and skillful:
It immediately issued a press statement and [...]
By Glenn Demby
The Feb. 1 deadline for finalizing your 2011 OSHA records is just 2 days away. As you review your OSHA 300 logs, be on the lookout for 6 common pitfalls that can lead to citations under the Recordkeeping standard:
1. Not Recording Injuries If They’re Not Your Fault
As OSHA clarifies in a [...]
On Jan. 26, 1972, a terrorist bomb exploded aboard a DC-9 feet over Czechoslovakia. There were 29 passengers and crew members aboard. Miraculously, one of them survived. Flight attendant Vesna Vulovic. One month after her body was pulled from the wreckage, Ms. Vulovic woke from her coma. The fall from 30,000 feet broke her skull [...]
Historically, OSHA has carried out its enforcement duties one workplace at a time and issued citations and orders based on the conditions of the particular location inspected. But on Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2012), OSHA did something that it had done only once before in its history: It sought enforcement against an entire enterprise, i.e., not [...]
Driving requires all the care and caution possible any time of year. But winter driving has even greater challenges because of wet and icy road surfaces, longer hours of darkness and poor visibility due to snow, rain and fog.
Help your workers drive safely this winter with these tips.
9 Tips for Safe Winter Driving
1. Allow enough [...]
Cold, gloomy weather. Holiday bills arriving in the mail. New Year’s resolutions that are starting to fray. These are just some of the factors cited by mental health associations in pronouncing January 19 the most depressing day of the year.
The Canadian Mental Health Association offers 5 simple ways that employers can help their workers counter [...]
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