4 Keys to Preventing Workplace Horseplay

Workplace horseplay can cause serious issues for both employees and companies. In a prior article, we looked at a case where an employee broke his leg engaging in horseplay. Although the injury was bad enough, there was the added difficulty of conflicting stories of the incident, and a dispute over workers’ compensation. Reduce your risk […]

Injured During Horseplay—Who Pays?

The following is based on an actual workers’ compensation case in Pennsylvania, in which hard lessons were learned by the employees involved—and by the employer. Warehouse supervisor Bill Muller had a problem. One of his order selectors was out of work with a broken leg caused by horseplay. And Muller had conflicting stories about the […]

Keep Those PowerPoints Short and Sweet

Today our Safety Training Tips editor shares some suggestions for making your PowerPoint® presentations as compelling as they can be. Think carefully about scope and training points. Before you sit down to create a PowerPoint, give some thought to how much of the chosen topic you want to cover. In most cases you won’t have […]

No Slip and Fall Training? Get Real

Yesterday we looked at some do’s and don’ts for slips, trips, and fall prevention. Today we look at some recommended training to help keep your workers from adding to the sobering statistics. OSHA’s general industry walking and working surfaces standard doesn’t require any specific employee training or information. However, with slips, trips, and falls constituting […]

Trip Hazards Do’s and Don’ts

The national statistics on injuries and deaths from workplace slips, trips, and falls are disturbing. Today we’ll give you some actionable advice on keeping your workers from adding to those statistics. Slips, trips, and falls cannot be taken lightly. Consider: In one recent year, more than 800 American workers fell to their deaths. On average, […]

How to Lay Down the Law on Hand Protection

Yesterday we shared a hand surgeon’s views on the causes of hand injuries and some of his tips for preventing them. Today we’ll give you more practical advice to share with workers for preventing these potentially life-changing injuries. Because the hand is such a highly evolved and constantly used instrument, it can be injured in […]

6 Keys to Preventing Hand Injuries

Hand injuries can be especially traumatic, stripping away not only one’s ability to work, but also the ability to perform activities of daily living. Today we’ll share a surgeon’s views on the causes of hand injuries—and his tips for preventing them. Dr. Greg Merrell is a surgeon at the Indiana Hand Center, the largest free-standing […]

Working Near Forklifts Doesn’t Have to Mean Injuries

Forklift accidents involving pedestrians are not always the forklift driver’s fault. Today our Safety Training Tips editor gives you some tips for training employees who work near forklifts. Put a big, heavy, dangerous moving machine like a forklift up against an employee, and the employee doesn’t stand much of a chance. The forklift will roll […]

Is Your Drugs and Alcohol Policy Legal?

Yesterday we looked at the scope and dangers of alcohol abuse in the workplace, and at screening services available as part of Alcohol Awareness Month (April). Today we look at the legal considerations in implementing a drugs and alcohol policy—and at a resource that provides you with a ready-made, lawyer-reviewed policy and supporting documents. In […]

No Fooling—April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Next month (April) is Alcohol Awareness Month, a good time to remind your workers of the dangers of mixing alcohol and work—and of the prohibitions and requirements of your organization’s drugs and alcohol policy. When many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties. […]