19 Aug, 2020

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.*

By |2020-08-19T11:24:30-06:00August 19th, 2020|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, Miner Safety, Oil and Gas Safety, Safety practices, Safety programs, Worker Safety|0 Comments

“Any fool can know.  The point is to understand”.  Safety talks are opportunities to pass on knowledge and understanding.   Safety talks discuss an activity and then how to safely handle the task.  For example working at heights.  Understanding that fall protection need be in place and what types of fall protection are known to be [...]

4 Dec, 2019

Fall Injuries

By |2019-12-04T16:34:15-07:00December 4th, 2019|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Walking and climbing surfaces, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Fall injuries.  This blog is a little different from many of my earlier blogs.  It relies solely upon my experience as a safety manager for companies over the years.  It is a laymen’s comment. The discussion is about fall injuries and why they are so problematic.   First, a fall injury may arise from a simple [...]

9 Sep, 2019

Noise. Protect employee hearing.

By |2019-09-09T15:15:34-06:00September 9th, 2019|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employer OSHA Compliance, Miner Safety, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety practices|0 Comments

Noise.  Hearing levels in people declines when exposed to certain levels of noise over a period of time.  The extent of hearing decline depends on the level of noise and duration of exposure.  OSHA says 85 decibels (dBA) or higher over an 8-hour work shift is excessive.  If you have a smartphone you can download [...]

18 Jun, 2019

Lock Out Tag Out

By |2019-06-18T09:12:46-06:00June 18th, 2019|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Lock Out Tag Out, Mining, Oil and Gas Safety, Safety programs, Worker Safety|0 Comments

2019  LOTO  1910./147,  https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-lockout-tagout.pdf So  your company works repairing water, oil, hydraulic, pneumatic or electrical devices.  Each of these items can be “stored energy”.   Your employees from time to time undertake a task that directly contacts a system handling any of the above.  Employees must have a clear understanding of how to safely work with [...]

16 Apr, 2019

Falls.

By |2019-04-16T00:02:12-06:00April 16th, 2019|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety practices, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Falls.  What goes up must come down.  An old saying you’ve likely heard before.  It is true because gravity is everywhere.  But did you know 38% of all deaths in the construction work place are falls.  And, fall injuries typically constituted the longest recovery time as well as the long term disability. Falls can occur [...]

1 Oct, 2018

Repurposing your safety manual.

By |2018-10-01T08:52:02-06:00October 1st, 2018|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employer OSHA Compliance, Ladder and stairway safety, Lock Out Tag Out, Mine Safety Training, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Uncategorized, Walking and climbing surfaces, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Repurposing your safety manual. Safety manuals establish sound safety practices for your employees. But did you know you can also use them as a source of safety tool box talks?  Yup. All the tool box safety talks you need is right there on your desk (or in your truck).  All you need is a sign-up [...]

9 Jan, 2018

What you don’t know can hurt you-Hazard Identification & LOTO

By |2018-01-11T15:36:59-07:00January 9th, 2018|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Hazard Identification, Lock Out Tag Out, Mine Safety Training, Miner Safety, Mining, Safety programs, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mine Safety: What you don’t know can hurt you. Or Know the hazards. Mine safety, what you don't know can hurt you.  Almost every aspect of repair or servicing activity involves the potential for injury arising from the unexpected release of energy.  To avoid contacting unexpected release of energy a Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) [...]

21 Nov, 2017

Safety on ladders and stairways.

By |2018-01-10T14:29:31-07:00November 21st, 2017|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Ladder and stairway safety, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety practices, Safety programs, Utility Construction Safety, Walking and climbing surfaces, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Safety on ladders and stairways.   New and improved method of avoiding falls from ladders, stairs and equipment:  3 Points of contact! Work place injuries are a plague on business: Loss of a valuable employee, down time or slower progress on the project, economic costs.  You’ve heard it all before.  You know this first hand as [...]

18 Sep, 2017

Safety programs cost less than accidents.

By |2018-01-10T15:31:54-07:00September 18th, 2017|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Utility Construction Safety, Worker Safety|0 Comments

So, your insurance agent calls up and asks if he can stop by to chat.  You say sure, always have coffee on, stop on by.  The agent stops in and after some chit chat says the work comp insurance company is notified him they have some concerns with the account.  You say, well, we’ve had [...]

22 Aug, 2017

Ignorance of Hydrogen Sulfide Safety, or No Ostrich Zone

By |2018-01-11T13:18:55-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Oil and Gas Safety, Utility Construction Safety, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Hydrogen sulfide safety.  In the safety world hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping your people safe from unsafe behaviors and/or conditions.   Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20 foot ladder with tools held in both hands.  (This is a fall hazard by the way.)  Common sense right?  [...]

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