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How to Teach Safety Measures to Your Employees and Make Them Listen

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

Education is important.  We all know that.  But in the workplace, proper education can mean the difference between safety and serious injury.  As we’ve said before, the workplace can house a lot of hidden dangers for employees.  A link to our previous blog on this subject can be found here.  A proper education plan is essential to eliminating unnecessary risks and protecting employees’ well-being.  To make it a little easier, we’ve put together a short list of tips to help employers better educate their employees.Find mentors for new employees – Employees should never be asked to perform a task they haven’t witnessed firsthand.  Consider mentors for new employees, or host safety trainings where employees can be shown how to properly perform hazardous tasks.  Books and work sheets have their place, but paperwork can never replace hands-on learning.Teach them why...

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The Dangers of Loading Docks

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

Loading docks can be dangerous places for forklifts and pedestrians. Falls from a loading dock in a forklift can be fatal. Every year, injuries and fatalities in the U.S. occur as a result of not taking safety precautions around loading/unloading docks. By adhering to the following safety tips, the risk of an injury or fatality can be reduced significantly. Periodic (at minimum annually) training should be completed and documented for any employer who has loading dock exposure. Definitions Gaining a thorough understanding of key terms related to loading dock safety is very important in order to maintain a safe work environment and properly train employees on potential hazards. Dock Lock – A safety device that hooks to a trailer’s bumper when the truck is backed into a loading dock. The device is controlled from inside the loading dock area...

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The Fatal Four

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

Controlling Safety Risks on the Construction JobsitesWhen people think of dangerous jobs, they often think of things like crocodile wrangling or professional base-jumping. But it’s not just exotic jobs that can be dangerous. You might be surprised to learn that construction contributes to almost 20% of work-related deaths in the U.S. every year—that’s about 1 in 5. Of that 20%, more than half are caused by “the Fatal Four” —falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, or being caught in or between two objects. Because of that, controlling safety risks on the jobsite is an important responsibility. Let’s take a few minutes to discuss these four major risks more deeply, as well as some things you can do to help control them. Falls – A century ago, a fall in construction meant almost certain death. These days, through improved...

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Businessowners: Use Past Performance to Avoid Future Accidents

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

Your favorite sports team spends hours reviewing game film so they can improve their performance. It’s important for business owners to review their company’s past performances the same way a sports team does because in any business, things don’t always go according to plan. Does your company have an accident investigation program that can provide you with information so your company can avoid future accidents?Workers and management will be more competent in dealing with the effects of an accident or emergency if you have effective plans in place to review and evaluate accidents and incidents. By reviewing accidents and incidents, your company can identify ways to prevent accidents from occurring in the future. The goal of a good accident investigation program is to uncover the basic causes of the accident or incident. A basic cause is the action or...

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Wild, Untamed Workplace

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Small Business Safety, Uncategorized

10 Most Common Workplace HazardsStrap in your seatbelts and grab your helmets; it’s a dangerous world out there. No, we’re not talking about jungles or the outback. This blog is about somewhere much closer to home—your workplace.Did you know the average company receives more than two fines per inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with the average fine costing about $1,000? That’s a lot of unplanned dough rolling out the door. But what’s even more significant is every day an average 6,000 people die as a result of work-related injuries. That’s over 2 million workplace deaths per year!When it comes to workplace safety, there’s quite a bit at stake. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Most Common Workplace Hazards, as cited by OSHA. Inappropriate Fall Protection: We all know that heights can...

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Safe Storage of Chemicals in the Workplace

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

As a small business, you know what chemicals you need in the workplace to do your job. But do you know how to properly store them? Before storing any chemicals, please refer to our previous blog post entitled “Safe Handling of Chemicals in the Workplace” for information on identifying hazards and labeling of the chemicals.Improperly stored chemicals could result in fires, explosions, and other serious health hazards that could impact you, your business, or your employees. Therefore, it’s important to know how to store chemicals in your workplace.Remember, although tempting, don’t store chemicals in groups determined by container size or alphabetically. Alphabetizing your chemicals could mean that explosive chemical combinations end up next to each other on the shelf. That’s an accident waiting to happen.After you’ve consulted the Safety Data Sheets and grouped your chemicals according to their properties...

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