We know falls in the workplace are preventable and yet falls remain the leading cause of death in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 300,000 workers in the United States sustained nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in 2015. Fatalities caused by falls from heights in construction accounted for … Continue reading “3 Steps to Prevent Falls in Construction”
DENVER - What you do for a living can make you more at risk for suicide. People who work in isolation or have unsteady employment like in the agriculture and forestry industries are at the greatest risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported there are 85 suicides per 100,000 workers in those … Continue reading How A Colorado Construction Company Is Saving Lives From Suicide
Six Sigma is the evolution of statistical quality improvement processes that have been used extensively to improve manufacturing and other process-related industries. How good is Six Sigma? It is a statistical measure of variability or standard deviation. The Six Sigma process calculates to 3.4 defects per million opportunities. Needless to say, that is near perfect … Continue reading How Six Sigma Can Improve Your Safety Performance
On August 12, 2004, I was connecting large electrical generator in preparation for Hurricane Charlie. The meter I was using failed and blew carbon into the gear and created an electrical arc which resulted in an arc blast. The electrical equipment shown in the video is the actual equipment after the explosion when my co-workers … Continue reading Donnie’s Accident – “I Was Too Good To Need My Safety Gear”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKibyQNQ4vo Published on Apr 3, 2017 http://www.kevburns.com/peoplework One of the most pursued issues by safety people is getting employees to commit to the safety program. On this episode, 3 ways to get a better commitment to safety. Employee commitment to safety is important. And as well-meaning as the efforts of your senior management may be … Continue reading “PeopleWork: 3 Ways to Get Commitment to Safety” @KevinBurnsBGi
On November 18, 2016, OSHA finally published a final rule updating the walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards for general industry. Percolating since 1990 (55 FR 13360), reopened in 2003 (68 FR 23528) and again in 2010 (75 FR 28862), revisions to the walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards were long overdue. OSHA’s 500+ final rule gives employers new … Continue reading “OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Final Rule Requirement Implementation Dates “
Washington – Several members of the House have joined forces to reintroduce bipartisan legislation that would make permanent OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs. Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Gene Green (D-TX) and Martha Roby (R-AL) claim the Voluntary Protection Program Act is “sound policy that is not only good for the employers and employees but for the … Continue reading “US House of Representatives Seeking to Make OSHA VPP Permanent”
Video Courtesy of Comedy Central® Safety incentive programs have long been used by organizations worldwide to promote safe working conditions and encourage safety at the workplace. But a recent memorandum by David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), states that “Section 11(c) of the OSH Act prohibits an … Continue reading “Is Your Safety Incentive Program In Compliance With OSHA’s Interpretation?”
From 2015 to 2017, OSHA fines increased almost 80%, making the cost of noncompliance too expensive for most organizations to ignore. This new infographic, created for the 2017 Safety Summit, aims to help safety pros, like you, strengthen compliance, reduce costs, and improve operational efficiency.
Job hazard analysis is an essential component of a successful safety program. This BLR infographic details the 6 steps of a JHA so you can assess the hazards at your facility and implement corrective actions. "JHA Downloads" JHA Checklist: http://bit.ly/20crSNM OSHA JHA Powerpoint: http://bit.ly/1K1ebiT
Every October the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, our … Continue reading “Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”
Excellent Toolbox Talk - Safety Meeting! Kudos to Truebeck Construction for doing it right! #Safety #EverbodyGoesHome Truebeck Construction was founded with a game-changing spirit and an ambitious vision: disrupt the traditional and ordinary, and rigorously raise the bar to do our best work. Period. We’re driven by the belief that we can improve construction practices and … Continue reading “Excellent Toolbox Talk – Safety Meeting! Kudos to Truebeck Construction for doing it right!” #Safety #EverbodyGoesHome @TruebeckConst
A Accident Investigation (see Incident Investigation) Agricultural Operations Airline Industry Ammonia Refrigeration Anthrax Apparel and Footwear Industry Arsenic Asbestos Asphalt Fumes Autobody Repair and Refinishing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Avian Flu B Backovers (see Preventing Backovers) Basic Steel Products Battery Manufacturing Benzene Beryllium Biofuels Biological Agents Bioterrorism Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Botulism Brownfields Business … Continue reading “Safety Topic Information For a Better Safety Committee at Your Workplace”
First, I want to start off with the "scissor lift" dilemma and confusion. If you talk to two different people, you'll get two differing opinions. Here are my thoughts on this: I have watched while the battle has raged over whether the use of personal fall arrest harnesses by scissor lift operators is appropriate. The … Continue reading “Fall Protection – What’s Required Where?” – “Scissor Lifts”
Another Great Article By My Friend Phil La Duke!
By Phil La Duke
As the safety professionals nestled in the serene bosom of the holidays, the Bureau of Labor Statistics dropped a shattering revelation. The news came like a hammer through a plate glass window; sudden and jarring. Workplace fatalities have risen to their highest rate since 2008. The fact that overall injuries have continued to fall year after year has lulled safety professionals into thinking that the workplace over all has become safer; we sit and congratulate ourselves on a job well done, ignoring the fatal fly in the ointment that the trend in workplace fatalities has stayed flat and now has spiked upward.
In this Twittering Trump, Brexit, post-fact world that fact that people are continuing to die at work doesn’t seem to matter; we congratulate ourselves none-the-less. Our leaders both within Safety and in our core businesses continue to count bandages. Despite injury counts and rates…
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