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5 Deadly Forklift Dangers

OSHA estimates that 1 million forklifts are used in workplaces across the United States. Each year, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents. Deadly Danger # 1—Forklift Turnovers Close to one out of every four fatalities occurs when a forklift tips over. Forklifts can easily tip if they […]

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First Aid for Common Workplace Emergencies

Seconds count in a medical emergency. When a worker has been injured, what happens while waiting for the ambulance to arrive could make the difference between life and death. Joe’s experiencing shortness of breath; his skin is ashen; he’s perspiring; and he feels severe pain down his left arm. What should his co-workers do? Call […]

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Worker Down! What Happens Next?

There are over 4 million workplace accidents every year resulting in injuries and illness. Quick response at the scene of an accident keeps a bad situation from getting worse and may even save a life. You work hard to prevent workplace accidents. But despite your best efforts, there is always at least a possibility that […]

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Is Repetition Important in Training?

In a word, yes. You know that a safe operation is a productive and profitable one. But how can you help keep your operations safe? Constantly communicate the safety message by using some of the same techniques exercised by OSHA: information, enforcement, and rewards—which are all forms of repetition. Repeat safety information in dozens of […]

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More Answers to Your OSHA Recordkeeping Questions

Today, we continue with a review of OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping requirements, which began yesterday.  Are there situations where I do not put the employee’s name on the forms for privacy reasons? Yes, if you have a “privacy concern case,” you may not enter the employee’s name on the OSHA 300 Log. Instead, enter […]

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OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements Giving You a Headache?

Because there are so many possible situations involving occupational injuries and illnesses, OSHA’s recordkeeping rules can often be confusing. Today’s Advisor features some frequently asked questions about recordkeeping requirements. (All questions and answers provided are courtesy of a BLR® special report, Top 100 OSHA Recordkeeping Q&As. Click here to find out how to obtain a […]

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Take Action to Avoid Scaffold Standard Violations

In yesterday’s Advisor, we highlighted the sections of the scaffolding standard that garner the most citations. Today, we suggest ways to ensure compliance and avoid violations and penalties. To avoid citations and ensure construction worksites are in compliance with the scaffolding standard (29 CFR 1926.451), check and recheck each of the requirements of the scaffolding […]

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OSHA Enforcement and the Scaffolding Standard: Can Your Worksite Pass Inspection?

  By BLR Founder and CEO Bob Brady OSHA continues to concentrate inspection efforts on industries and standards where there is the greatest likelihood of severe injury and death. The construction industry is one of those often targeted, and last year scaffolding led the list of most frequently violated standards. Last year there were more […]

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Saving Energy at Work and Beyond

Earth Day is April 22 this year, so this is a good month to talk with employees about conserving energy at work. Whether they work in an office, a warehouse, a factory, or other workspace, employees can take many steps to save energy. Workers can start saving energy on their commute to work. Inform workers […]

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Combustible Dust: An Explosive Safety Issue

It’s just dust. How could it be dangerous, let alone explosive? Any combustible material can burn rapidly and explode in a finely divided form. Dust suspended in air in the right concentration can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. In addition to explosion […]

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