Pinchpoint Accidents: Tips for Prevention

Yesterday we told you where and why pinchpoint accidents happen. Today, here are ideas for their prevention. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of what are called “pinchpoint” or “caught-between” accidents. These are events in which a worker’s body is trapped between two surfaces, one of which may be moving with great force. Most examples include […]

Getting ‘Caught in a Pinch’ Can Be Fatal

Having your body caught between the moving parts of a machine is both terrifying and dangerous. Here are ideas OSHA and others have provided to prevent it. South Florida refuse collection truck mechanic Raul Figueroa was working on a truck when somehow the ram arm that lifts Dumpsters to the bin became actuated. The arm […]

More Simple, Powerful Safety Ideas … and a Tool to Audit Their Use

Here are more common sense, effective concepts, and a powerful tool to audit their implementation and assure better OSHA compliance. Yesterday’s Advisor offered a group of common sense, powerful safety ideas, suggested in part by safety blogger and consultant Mike Strawbridge of Cleveland, Tennessee. Among the ideas: Keeping your workplace clean; depending on machine guards […]

Blogger Suggests Simple but Powerful Safety Tips

Sometimes safety ideas are so powerful they bear repeating. That goes double when they’re simple to understand and implement … like these. If you think effective safety has to be complex and expensive, think again. We’ve found a safety thinker, consultant Mike Strawbridge of Cleveland, Tennessee, who uses mostly common sense to reach a safety […]

Do Your Trainers Need to be Trained?

For safety training to be effective, supervisors and managers conducting training have to be trained to train. Here’s what they need to know. 1. To train adult learners, trainers must understand and use these four key elements of successful employee learning: Motivation. Trainers must explain how the learning is related to trainees’ jobs and safety, […]

Staph/MRSA in the Workplace: An Epidemiologist Speaks

What answers does a CDC official have for your specific questions about staph and MRSA? Listen in on BLR’s special February 13 audio conference and find out. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of the staph problem currently affecting American workplaces. Though largely confined to healthcare facilities, studies show that staph transmission does appear to be […]

When OSHA Says, ‘Let’s Take a Walk …’

An OSHA inspection walkaround often determines what charges you’ll face, how long the investigation will last, and how much you’ll pay. Here are tips to keep things under control. The phrase “walkaround” suggests a pleasant stroll through the country. But its meaning changes radically when the person doing the walking is an inspector from OSHA. […]

OSHA Telegraphs its Next Punch

The agency has preannounced its next “unannounced inspection” effort. Here’s where it will happen, what to expect, and what to do, if an OHSA inspector shows up at your door. Perhaps you’ve read newspaper stories in which the local police preannounce ahead of time where and when they’ll be setting up speed radar. OSHA officials […]

Winter Slippery Surfaces: How NOT to Get Tripped Up!

Weather-related slips and falls are especially common during winter. Here are tips to avoid them in and around your workplace now, and also all year. Unless they’re ice skating or skiing this winter, you don’t want your employees slipping and sliding—especially around your workplace. Weather-related slips, trips, and falls become a serious hazard as winter […]