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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2 Oct, 2017

Company Safety Practice-The quintessential “stew”

By |2018-01-10T15:14:33-07:00October 2nd, 2017|Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Safety, Safety practices, Uncategorized, Worker Safety|0 Comments

When I first entered the safety profession as a safety manager for a construction company I recall my soon to be boss saying I’d be responsible for company safety practice.  Well, I was up for that. I can help.  But conversations with my boss and others after hire started showing some “differences” my definition of [...]

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