Forklifts: Safe Driving Tips

Yesterday, how to do an OSHA-required pre-use inspection on a forklift; today, how to drive one safely once you do.Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of how not to be April (or any other month) foolish in operating a forklift truck. Step number one is properly carrying out the OSHA-required inspection of the unit, at least […]

Forklifts: A Daily Inspection How -To

OSHA requires that forklifts be inspected daily, or after every shift if used round-the-clock. And in April (or any other month) you’d be a fool not to do it. On the eve of April Fool’s Day, we’re reminded of one of the most foolish things you can do in a workplace: Unsafely operate a forklift […]

When to Train: What OSHA Says

Just as important as what to train on is when and how often you need to do it. OSHA has specific requirements, and well-developed best practices add to them. This Friday, our Safety Training Tips editor runs the (training) table.Safety training has to start from Day 1. Generally speaking, employees should be trained: When first […]

Workers’ Comp Costs: Insurers’ Secrets for Keeping Them Low

Insurers give their advice on keeping workers’ compensation insurance costs low, including how to spot fraud. Meanwhile, BLR offers an audio conference on how to monitor and control open claims. Yesterday’s Advisor started a discussion of workers’ comp insurance expense. With rates declining, due to a combination of state reform action and lower accident rates, […]

Workers’ Comp Rates Fall, But Beware the ‘Mod’

Employers are happy to see lower workers’ compensation insurance rates, but there’s a factor that can drive them right back up, and it’s one completely under their control.To hear Frank Pennachio tell it, there’s danger even in good news. Pennachio is a cofounder of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, a group that certifies insurance professionals […]

Electrical Safety Training: Lifesaving Tips

Electrical safety is mostly about observing simple precautions. Here are some, along with a versatile and comprehensive training program to teach them—or have trainees teach themselves. Yesterday’s Advisor gave your employees some information that might shock them, literally. With information from the BLR program Total Training Resource: Electrical Safety, we noted that many fall prey […]

Electrical Safety: Shocking Myths Workers May Believe

Electricity is so familiar a force, your employees may think they know all its mysteries. Not so—and what they don’t know can kill them.Not long ago, much of the state of Florida went dark. Lights went out. Traffic signals quit, causing huge backups. People were trapped in elevators. The search for someone to blame began. […]


Warehouse Safety: The Right Moves to Make

Your warehouse holds not only your stock but also lots of hazards! Here is a long list of hints on safely storing and moving items in a warehouse, including why warehouse safety is important, basic rules, and common sense good housekeeping. Materials handling—either by powered equipment or manually—can cause injuries to hands, fingers, feet, and […]

Safer Driving at Work: OSHA’s Other 5 Steps

Previously, we presented steps 1–5 in the recommendation of OSHA and its partners for driving safety. Now here are the last 5, with our own recommendation of a program for easy and effective driver training. .Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of safe driving when on the road for business purposes. With nearly half of workplace […]

10 Steps to Safer Driving at Work

OSHA has joined with two other organizations to publish a 10-step recommendation to make driving at work safer. Here are the first 5 of those steps. The rest follow tomorrow.You’d think that if anyone should be trained in safe driving at work, it would be state troopers. After all, they spend some 80 percent of […]