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Notre Dame Receives $77,500 OSHA Fine for Student’s Death

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Organization levied $77,500 in fines to the University of Notre Dame last week, following a five month investigation into the 2010 death of one of their student workers. Twenty-year old Junior Declan Sullivan fell from a hydraulic scissor lift while filming football practice. Wind gusts during practice were reportedly […]

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Are Your Workers Aware of Good Housekeeping in the Warehouse?

Good housekeeping is a foundation of safety in every work space of every workplace. However, it’s particularly important in the warehouse where a variety of workers are doing a variety of jobs with a variety of equipment. If you have a warehouse in your workplace, conduct regular refresher training on warehouse housekeeping procedures. Here’s a […]

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Setting a Safe Example

In the eyes of most of the people who work for you, you are the company—or at least their closest link to the company. Have you ever stopped to think of what sort of an image you project to your crew? Have you ever tried to see yourself as others see you? For instance, have […]

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Hazard Communication Training

This content was originally published in December 2000. For the latest Hazcom Regulation changes, visit our article archives or try our practical Audio Click ‘n Train: Hazard Communicationtraining presentation. The hazard communication (hazcom) standard is one of the most complex of OSHA’s regulations, which is probably why it is cited most often during OSHA inspections. […]

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Step Up to First-Class Foot Protection

Feet may be the lowest part of the body, but they should be high on your priority list when it comes to hazard protection. The National Safety Council reported that in a recent year workplaces across the country experienced a total of 170,000 foot injuries, 130,000 of them involving days away from work. Because foot […]

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Flammable Liquid Hazards

Use the following information to tailor a safety training session to your own workplace. Bring in samples of different types of flammable liquids in their containers to the meeting. Review the appropriate material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and labels. Rehearse emergency procedures to use during a spill or explosion. Safety talk Flammable liquids are found […]

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Managing Safety in a Workplace Where ‘Nasty’ Conditions Are Routine

Preventing hazard exposure at the former Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington State is a tough problem, but it’s one that safety management and employees work together successfully to solve. At Hanford, where a $2.4 billion, 10-year project to remove environmental risks is currently under way, radiation, chemical, and asbestos hazards are part of the […]

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Do Safety Gimmicks Work

We often hear reports of companies proudly proclaiming that their lost-time injury rates are below the industry average, or that a certain department has gone X number of days without a lost-time injury. Prizes are awarded to the departments or individuals with the best records. However, insurance experts warn that under the surface of all […]

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Poison Prevention: In the Workplace and at Home

This week is Poison Prevention Week, which makes it the perfect occasion to hold a safety meeting on preventing poisoning on the job and at home. Unprotected exposure to many substances found in the workplace and in the home can lead to poisoning. What’s more it isn’t all that hard to be exposed, since these […]

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