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It’s National Safety Month! Week 4 Theme: Slips, Trips, and Falls

For the fourth week of safety month, we’re highlighting slips, trips, and falls. These incidents are some of the leading causes of workplace-related injuries and fatalities. Slips, trips, and falls are technically three distinct things, although they are often categorized together. Let’s define each term to differentiate each incident. Slips are a loss of balance caused by too little friction between your feet and the surface you walk or work on. Trips happen whenever your foot hits an object, and you are moving with enough momentum to be thrown off balance. Falls occur whenever you move too far off your center of balance. These types of accidents can result in injuries ranging from sprains and fractures to head injuries, lacerations, and back injuries. These can also be fatal.   Housekeeping Housekeeping is crucial to a safe workplace, and when done correctly, it can be effective in controlling and eliminating hazards. Good housekeeping practices are the first and most important step in preventing slips, trips, and falls. This includes: Cleaning up …

It’s National Safety Month! Week 3 Theme: Forklift Safety

We’re focusing on forklift-related injuries during the third week of safety month. Across the country, forklift-related injuries take eight more days away from work than other types of injuries. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) study in the U.S. determined about 25% of all forklift-related injuries are related to inadequate training.

What are the requirements?

The Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) standard covers forklifts and powered pallet jacks, and other ride-on material handling equipment. The standard has two requirements before certification—formal instruction and practical training and evaluation. Practical training and evaluation must be performed on the specific equipment being used. Thus, practical training and evaluation should always be completed by a company or a competent forklift trainer with intimate knowledge of the client’s site and access to a forklift like those used at the client’s site. Certification will always be site- and equipment-specific, as a forklift certification is not a license to operate in every environment, on every machine. (more…)

It’s National Safety Month! Week 2 Theme: Welding Safety

Welding is a well-paid, highly skilled trade, but if safety is not taken seriously, welders can suffer serious injuries. Every year, 500,000 workers are exposed to welding hazards, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These safety recommendations should be kept in mind when dealing with the general risks of most welding jobs.

Welding Safety Tips

Lack of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the cause of many welding injuries. PPE should always be worn and should include:

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It’s National Safety Month! Week 1 Theme – Office Safety

June is National Safety Month, and what better way to kick off the celebration than with a few workplace safety tips? Today we will focus on office environment safety and what to look out for.

Office Injuries Can Have a Huge Impact

Office safety is an important issue. We do not frequently hear of incidents because they are typically minor, but some specific dangers in this environment lead to severe injuries.

People often first think of workstation ergonomics when considering safety in the office. In in-office environments, companies should provide the tools to ensure workers maintain good ergonomic positioning when at their workstations. (more…)

Safety Month: Workstation Ergonomics to Maintain a Healthy Back

June is National Safety Month, and what better way to celebrate than a few workplace safety tips?

Proper back support, correct lifting techniques, and eye protection tips can seem tedious, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth discussing. Since looking at a few short points can save you from chronic pain or injury, we think it’s worth it.

Here are a few ergonomics tips to ensure your cubicle doesn’t cubikill your back.

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