The Importance of Infection Control

The Importance of Infection Control We are living in an unprecedented time. The COVID-19 Pandemic has taught us that we are vulnerable. Following infection control guidelines can provide valuable protection from infections. These can include viral infections such as the flu, or bacterial infections including staph. Every year, lives are lost due to infectious diseases […]

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Contact with Machinery

Contact with Machinery In 2018, 786 workers died due to contact with objects and equipment; 374 of them were from contact with machinery. Workers across the country use machines and equipment that present a variety of hazards, such as amputation, crushing, electrocution, burns, and lacerations. Examples of hazardous machinery include: Mechanical power presses Powered and […]

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Overexertion

The Cost of Overexertion In 2018, nearly 300,000 cases of overexertion kept employees away from work, according to the BLS. Of these, 1/3 were injured when lifting or lowering objects. Injuries like these account for almost one-quarter (23%) of all occupational injuries and cost roughly $13.79 billion annually. Overexertion in this case refers to physical […]

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The OSH Act and OSHA

The OSH Act and OSHA The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was enacted in 1970 to assure that workers had a safe and healthy working environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was formed in order to carry out this mission, as well as to encourage and assist states by providing research, information, […]

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Fall Protection: Fall Arrest vs Fall Restraint

Fall Protection Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Fall protection is consistently OSHA’s most commonly cited standard.  In fact, OSHA cited 6,010 fall protection violations in 2019. Among the different methods of fall protection, fall restraint and fall arrest are often used interchangeably. So, let’s look at the differences. OSHA […]

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Work Zone Traffic Safety

Why talk about work zone traffic safety? Year after year, construction ranks high among the most dangerous occupations. Around 773 people lost their lives in work zone crashes each year from 1982 through 2017, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Highway work zones add an even greater degree of risk due to the proximity of […]

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Accident Investigations and Causal Analysis

Accident Investigations & Causal Analysis Accident investigations should be a critical part of loss control. An accident investigation, when performed correctly, can enhance safety and reduce costs. Property damage and downtime resulting from accidents cost companies up to 50 times more than the workers’ compensation. The majority of organizations don’t track these costs specifically. But […]

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Heavy Equipment Operation

Heavy Equipment Operation Operating heavy equipment can be a stressful job, even for seasoned operators. Accidents can happen, but they are preventable. Equipment can be operated safely to reduce risk. Employers should host regular safety meetings, ensure procedures are up-to-date, and train workers. Operators should never put themselves in a situation they don’t feel comfortable. These along […]

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The Cost of Not Providing PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements No matter the job, personal protective equipment (PPE) can provide vital protection against the hazards of specific job or task. For one Atlanta based company, not assessing the hazards and providing the necessary protective equipment led to a OSHA citation with a hefty fine of $211,400. Where did the company […]

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Distracted Driving Dangers

Distracted Driving Kills! Every DAY in the United States, 9 people die and 1,000 people are injured in crashes involving distracted driving. Distracted drivers are more likely than all other drivers to have a near collision, fail to stop at an intersection and exceed the speed limit. All of these increase the likelihood of an […]

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