Safety Snapshot: Construction’s Fatal Four

  According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10.3 million workers are employed by the construction industry. Safety should be the top priority of any construction company. Yet, about 991 construction workers are killed on the job each year. Some of the most common construction site injuries can be avoided. The “fatal four” injuries that contributed to 57% of the fatalities in the construction industry were falls, caught…

Storm Safety Tips

  Lightning, heavy rainfall, and high winds accompany the nearly 100,000 thunderstorms that occur annually in the United States. These storms can result in injuries, loss of life, and property damage. Storms can churn up quickly and there isn’t always time to send employees home before severe weather hits. It’s important for employers to be prepared for stormy weather and train employees on the appropriate actions should they get caught…

Poison Control at Work and Home

  This week (March 18 – 24, 2018) is Poison Prevention Week, which makes it the perfect occasion to hold a safety meeting on preventing poisoning on the job and at home. On September 26, 1961, the 87th United States Congress passed a joint resolution requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week. On February 7, 1962, President John F.…

Safety Snapshot: Healthcare Industry

  More than 90 percent of hospitals say they have systems or programs in place for managing employee safety and health. Certainly, a program on paper is a good first step. However, it takes effective implementation and commitment to protect workers and reduce injuries and illnesses. The statistics show that hospitals are still relatively hazardous workplaces, and they have much room to improve. In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related…

Safety Recognition for the Oil, Gas, and Energy Industry

  Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Roberts, Louisiana to spend a week at the Shell’s Robert Training and Conference Center (RTCC). This state-of-the-art facility is situated on 35 private acres, surrounded by woods, located in the heart of the Gulf-South region between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, thousands of men and women come to the Shell Robert Training Center to prepare themselves for the…

Support Healthy Vision at Work

  Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety group, has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month to provide employers and employees with free information on the best ways to keep vision healthy on the job. Each day, thousands of U.S. workers suffer from work related eye injuries. Some of the most common eye injuries in the workplace are: Flying objects Tools Particles (dust, metal, glass) Chemicals…

Spring into Fun Safety Training

  Gear up for spring and get your workplace ready to take on new safety challenges this coming season. The spring season presents many opportunities to train and remind employees of important safety measures. The weather changes, the days becoming longer, and employees take vacation time while kids are on spring break. These seasonal changes are new reasons to remind your employees stay safe. Now is the time to begin…

Safety Snapshot: Hospitality Industry

  The hospitality industry represents a major sector of the economy and includes service industries related to food, tourism, accommodations, bartending, and much more. A large percentage of the industry’s workforce is made of young, typically inexperienced, employees. Inexperienced workers can be a hazard to the workplace. Without proper and continuous training, these employees can be harmful to themselves, other employees, and even customers. Supervisors and managers of hospitality industry…

Heart Health for Shift Workers

  February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. For shift workers, this can be a challenge. Employers, health professionals, and workers need to work together to…