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Office Space Outs Cause Injuries
It’s easy let your mind wander en route to the water cooler or space out in front of a computer, but even small lapses can lead to accidents in the office.
4 Ways the Workplace Has Become More Dangerous
Disgruntled employees, workplace bullies, active-shooter situations, illegal drug use, ex-spouses and dissatisfied clients – all can be found in a random sampling of the 2 million people affected by workplace violence in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
When the HR Director Doesn’t Understand Safety
Sometimes safety directors find themselves in the situation of having to report to an HR director who is blissfully unaware of safety.
Why Home Is Not Always a Safe Haven
Think of the one place where you feel safe, a place you consider your refuge. For most people that safe haven is home.


In case of fire: Use ladder or grow 3 feet taller to reach extinguisher. Fires are one of the most common types of workplace emergencies. One of the most basic safety measures to have on hand in case of fire is a fire extinguisher. But if you don’t have enough extinguishers, they’re not easily accessible or they don’t work, they won’t be much help should a fire break out in your workplace. Although some workplaces are more vulnerable than others,…


Are you a safety supervisor dealing with worker fatigue? Fatigue is defined as being in a state of physical or mental exhaustion, which compromises both workplace safety and a workers ability to perform effectively. Here are seven statistics related to fatigue in the workplace: There are three causes of fatigue: sleep loss, disruption of a person’s body clock, and prolonged mental or physical activity. Fatigue can reduce a worker’s alertness, leading to errors and an increased possibility of injury under…


Any workplace can be too hot for safety, both outdoors and in hot, humid conditions indoors. Whenever you’re exposed to heat, you’re at risk of developing heat illness. In its mildest form, heat illness causes distraction or lightheadedness, leading to mistakes and injuries. In its most serious form, heat illness can kill. For example, in May 30, 2002, a 30-year-old landscaper collapsed at the end of a day of mowing, weeding, and using a backpack blower. Emergency medical assistance was…


Yo dawg! I heard you like forklifts. So I put a forklift on your forklift, so you can lift things when you lift things. Lift trucks, such as forklifts, are a staple in some workplaces, most notably warehouses. But as useful as this equipment can be, it can also endanger both the workers operating it and others in the workplace if certain safety precautions aren’t taken—as well as damage property. In fact, every 1 in 6 workplace deaths are forklift…


Many forklift injuries are received by people working or walking around forklifts in operation. Incident rates go down and productivity goes up when forklift operators are correctly trained. Operating a forklift incorrectly can be hazardous, and that is why it's so important to learn safe driving practices, loading procedures and proper maintenance to prevent injuries and incidents. Dangers such as speeding, restricted vision and failure to yield can lead to injuries. Sudden braking can tip the forklift or drop the…


Ever since people started learning new things, people have been forgetting old things.  Learning and forgetting are nebulous processes, but that hasn’t stopped psychologists from trying to pinpoint factors which influence our memory retention and ability to absorb new information. Like academic teachers, safety professionals must also understand how people process and retain information.  After all, the goal of safety training is not only to educate, but to impart potentially life-saving information that can be retrieved during a busy work day or…


Now this is either some really green tea or this jug is filled with a hazardous liquid that might do a bit more than just quench your thirst. Every day millions of workers are exposed to hazardous substances at work in the US, Canada, and all over the world. The good news is that most of the world’s industrialized nations have adopted regulations to protect workers against these hazards; the bad news is that the rules in each country are…


John was a member of the maintenance department. He was called to repair a machine in Unit 3. John simply turned the machine off, got his tools, removed the necessary guards, and started to work. The job was on the rear side of the machinery, away from the control panel. John was doing an outstanding job of repairing the machine, but he forgot the most important component of this job: Lockout-Tagout-Tryout. Meanwhile, Bill the operator returned from his break. He…


There is some trust to the saying about thinking on your feet, according to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. They found that workers who stand, rather than sit, at meetings tend to be more engaged, more collaborative and better able to produce good ideas. “Chairs provide great support during long meetings, but they may also be holding us back,” says researchers Andrew Knight, assistant professor of organization behavior at Olin Business School and Markus Baer, associate professor…


Now this is an arrangement Blackbeard the Pirate would be proud of! All workplaces contain some form of fall hazard. That’s one reason falls are the leading cause of workplace injuries. Falls are also a leading source of OSHA fines—3 of the 10 most frequently cited Standards are related to fall hazards, including scaffolding, fall protection and ladders. So it’s important that companies have an emergency response plan to cover all kinds of unexpected slips, trips and fall dangers. The…