Handy Tips for Preventing Hand-Related MSDs

The two primary categories of workplace hand injuries are traumatic events and overuse or repetitive motion injuries. Yesterday, we talked about traumatic hand injuries. Today, we turn the focus on repetitive stress hand injuries. Hand-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are painful, sometimes crippling, injuries that generally affect nerves, tendons, tendon sheaths, and muscles in the hands, […]

Just Try Tying Your Shoes with One Hand!

Hand injuries can be especially traumatic, stripping away not only an employee’s ability to work, but also the ability to perform activities of daily living. Yet, workplace hand protection often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. OSHA’s hand protection standard (29 CFR 1910.138) is short and sweet: 1910.138(a) General requirements. Employers shall select and require […]

Safety Training – NAOSH Safe Workplaces

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is the first week in May, and this year it has been dedicated to creating and maintaining safe workplaces. Sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), NAOSH Week activities are designed to promote the importance of […]

An ‘Integrated’ Approach to Injury and RTW

Whether a worker is injured on or off the job, the result is often the same—lost workdays, lost productivity, and hefty healthcare costs. That makes getting all injured employees back to work ASAP a priority. At General Electric the focus is on an integrated approach to worker injuries and return to work (RTW). By “integrated,” […]

Early RTW Is a Win-Win

When workers are injured on the job, early return to work (RTW) makes good sense for employees and employers. Spend a few hours in front of the TV on a weekday, and you’ll get an eyeful of what injured workers see every day—ads for lawyers promising large settlements for their injuries. That’s why workers’ compensation […]

Does Your Flooring Prevent—or Cause—Falls?

The right kind of workplace flooring can help prevent falls and injuries. A recent ANSI standard rates flooring traction levels and provides a way to measure risk. A 2009 voluntary standard from ANSI can help take the guesswork out of decisions about safe flooring, says Russ Kendzior, founder and chairman of the National Floor Safety […]

Get a Grip on Slips, Trips, and Falls

Your employees know that falling is a hazard. But knowledge alone isn’t enough to keep them on their feet. You need a purposeful program that identifies the problem, implements focused solutions, and monitors the results. Across industries and across the years, slips, trips, and falls (STFs) continue to be among the leading causes of workplace […]

Sleep Tight, Stay Safe

Health experts say that the average adult needs at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Why? Because people who don’t get enough sleep are at greater risk of obesity and diseases like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure. Workers who suffer from these conditions may be absent more often […]

5 Deadly Forklift Dangers: Part 2

Yesterday, we presented the first 3 of the 5 Deadly Forklift Dangers. Today, we conclude with the last two. Deadly Danger # 4—Falls from Forklifts It is not always the case that a victim is crushed following a fall from a forklift. The fall alone may be fatal. Of fatal forklift accidents, 9 percent are […]

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 […]