8 Apr, 2021

Drugs/Alcohol in the work place.

By |2021-04-08T07:55:05-06:00April 8th, 2021|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employer OSHA Compliance, Mining, OSHA Safety, Safety Expert Witness, Safety programs, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Drugs/Alcohol in the workplace. Drugs in our society, be they licit or illicit, are not uncommon.  Operating equipment of any kind or the workplace is not suitable for drug use (including some prescription drugs).   The reason being is that many drugs can affect or impair mental and physical function.  On the job, one must be [...]

31 Jan, 2021

Backing incidents. Prevention

By |2021-01-31T13:07:17-07:00January 31st, 2021|Employee Safety, Hazard Identification, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety practices, Utility Construction Safety, Walking and climbing surfaces, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Backing incidents are just like front-facing strikes, only different.  An operator is moving the equipment rearward and a person is walking, standing, or kneeling behind the equipment, unseen by the operator.  Each year more than 70 people are fatally injured in back-over incidents. Such incidents or near misses occurring even where backup alarms in functioning. [...]

3 Jan, 2021

Accident investigations. Or, how to avoid incidents and save money.

By |2021-01-03T08:52:58-07:00January 3rd, 2021|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, Miner Safety, Mining, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety practices, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Accident investigations. Or, how to avoid incidents and save money. Taking some time to learn why and how an injury or equipment damage incident occurred is extremely beneficial. First, it helps to learn why an incident occurred. Second, it saves money. Properly conducted, a post-incident investigation will bring to light why and how an incident [...]

14 Apr, 2020

Electrical Safety

By |2020-04-14T07:12:25-06:00April 14th, 2020|Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, Mining, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Electricity.  What is the old saying I’ve heard, no cares about electricity but everyone cares about cold beer?  If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of an electrical jolt you know it was an unpleasant surprise.  And, such a jolt was at the end of a low voltage contact.   Higher voltages and amps can [...]

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 [...]

8 Oct, 2019

Documenting workplace hazards-Avoid OSHA fines, it’s simple.

By |2019-10-08T07:58:38-06:00October 8th, 2019|Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, OSHA Enforcement, OSHA Safety, Safety programs|0 Comments

It is simple to avoid OSHA fines.  Personal protective equipment commonly referred to as PPE.  PPE refers to safety glasses, hard/steel toe shoes, hearing protection, face protection, gloves, respirators, etc. You no doubt know PPE is used to provide safety protection of employees from a variety of common workplace hazards. Hazards such as eye hazards [...]

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 [...]

31 Jul, 2019

Emergency Crisis Plans

By |2019-07-31T08:26:34-06:00July 31st, 2019|Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Safety, Safety practices|0 Comments

No one expects an emergency or disaster to occur.  Some Pre-planing will make a major difference.  Reasonable steps include training of employees, supervisors and labor alike on what thier role is in an emergency situation.  The results will be mitigation of the negative impacts of an emergency or disaster.  Emergency Crisis plans  outline escape procedures, [...]

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 [...]

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