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27 May, 2021

Safety Resources Beyond OSHA

By |2021-05-27T11:36:51-06:00May 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Safety Resources Beyond OSHA. The world of safety is a large one and there are many resources employers and safety professionals can access for safety information. The following is a list of excellent resources in various areas of safety control. OSHA’s Alliance Program.  Participants of this program have developed safety products on specific industries or [...]

12 May, 2021

Gravity, you and fall protection. Or know before you go.

By |2021-05-12T12:45:39-06:00May 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gravity, you and fall protection. Or know before you go. Gravity is everywhere.  Now there’s a profound statement.  My whole life, I was reminded of gravity whenever I fell or tripped.  I suspect this is applies of all people. This knowledge applies especially to those who work at heights.  If your job involves working on:  [...]

20 Apr, 2021

Learn how to not burn. 

By |2021-04-20T13:44:30-06:00April 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Learn how to not burn around flammable gases.  This safety task is fairly simple.  According to OSHA identify potential sources of flammable gases.  Then identify potential ignition sources.  You identify potential sources  by knowing what flammable gases could potentially be on site.  Do this by examining your job site and identify activities involving:  cutting of [...]

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 [...]

24 Mar, 2021

Backing incidents.  Prevention.

By |2021-03-24T08:33:43-06:00March 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Backing incidents.  Prevention. Backing incidents are just like front facing strikes, only different.  An operator moving equipment in reverse has limited line of sight because parts of the equipment block his/her view.  Any person  who is walking, standing or kneeling behind the equipment will be unseen by the operator.  Each year more than 70 people [...]

10 Mar, 2021

Its winter.  The roads are icy.  Prepare.

By |2021-03-10T09:52:31-07:00March 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Its winter.  The roads are icy.  Prepare. Winter weather presents many hazards including slippery roads (ice/snow).  My first year in Colorado I remember being told a safety driving practice beneficial to us former flatlanders.  When traveling down hill on a road, slow down during in the straightaways and ease off the brake in turns.  Reason: [...]

3 Mar, 2021

2021  Inspect and examine your work place before starting work. Or know before you go.

By |2021-03-03T14:53:46-07:00March 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2021  Inspect and examine your workplace before starting work. Or know before you go. If you area mine operator you know that the Mine Safety Health Act (MSHA) requires a workplace exam to be conducted before employees start their day.  30 CFR 56.18002 requires mine operators to not only conduct when workplace exam but to [...]

17 Feb, 2021

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

By |2021-02-17T08:39:12-07:00February 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Accident Investigations.  Value? 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 occurred.  Armed with this why and [...]

10 Feb, 2021

Your nose doesn’t always know.

By |2021-02-10T08:38:28-07:00February 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What you can’t see (or smell) can hurt you.  What is being discussed here is work places where hazardous and toxic gases are known to be present or may be present.  The operative words here are “known to be present or may be present”.  Here’s why. There are gases which are odorless and are not [...]

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. [...]

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