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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.


Using a ladder is a safer alternative to using a makeshift climbing device or an improvised work platform. However, using a ladder incorrectly can result in serious, even fatal injuries. Broken bones and head injuries are common results of falls involving ladders. In addition, workers are sometimes electrocuted when a ladder contacts an electrical circuit. Many types of ladders are available and each is designed to do a certain kind of work. There are stepladders made for industrial, commercial and…


Don’t push it when it comes to Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSIs). Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, lower back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the fastest growing and most expensive types of work-related injury in the U.S. and Canada, accounting for approximately 40% of workers’ compensation claims. There are approximately 615,000 lost workday injuries per year due to MSDs, which all could be prevented with a low-cost ergonomics safety program. Ergonomics programs that enlist workers’ help in identifying the MSD hazards…


Though most of us need a careful balance of caffeine, sleep, food, exercise, and regular installments of our favorite TV shows to get by, fire only needs three elements-- heat, fuel, and oxygen -- to come to life and wreak more destruction than Gallagher at a farmer's market.  October is National Fire Prevention Month, so there's no better time than now to evaluate your emergency preparedness. Workplace fires can result in loss of life, loss of jobs, and loss of…


Unexpected emergencies occur in workplaces every day such as factories, plants, offices and warehouses, as well as construction sites and on the road. It could be a fire, fatal injury, flood, earthquake, shooting, tornado, chemical spill or another kind of crisis. So it’s important that companies have an emergency response plan to cover all expected and unexpected disasters. For this plan to be effective, all employees must be trained in the roles they will play in an emergency. If you’ve…


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…