American Ladder Institute Declares March “National Ladder Safety Month”

CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the only awareness month dedicated to ladder safety, National Ladder Safety Month, March 2017, will be a one-stop shop for safe ladder use for homeowners and working professionals. The presenting sponsor, the American Ladder Institute (ALI), encourages both individuals and companies to support National Ladder Safety Month and spread awareness about the importance …

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Enhancing Safety and Coordination Before the Job Begins

By John Knight, CHP, CHST Safety Advisor In nearly every construction site, multiple groups of craftspeople handle their own tasks and timetables, all built around larger project objectives and schedules. However, none of those groups works in a vacuum. Even when they aren’t performing their tasks in the same space as another group, their tasks and timelines may cross over …

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Special considerations for lone and remote workers

An old saying claims that there’s safety in numbers. The idea that people will look out for one another’s well-being is the foundation of communities and many workplaces. If a worker notices that another worker is in a potentially dangerous situation, or is in need of aid, he can step in and provide advice or support. But what about workers …

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15th Annual SMG Charity Golf Outing Set for June 30

Indianapolis — Along with our friends at the Riley Hospital for Children Facilities Team, we cordially invite you to participate in our 15th Annual Golf Outing in support of Riley Hospital for Children and The Hoosier Burn Camp! With your continued support in 2016 the event raised a record total of $39,689.00, with donations made to the Hoosier Burn Camp …

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Customer Service Triumphs, January, 2017

February 3, 2017 – Several Safety Management Group associates were recognized for customer service triumphs during the previous month. Here’s a recap of the associates and the actions they undertook to receive tremendous feedback from their clients:   Josh Swisher and Rod Smith were recognized for a CST on January 13th Josh and Rod recently went to Bedford, IN to …

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ASSE Applauds OSHA for Recognizing the Importance of Sustainability in the Workplace

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – (Jan.11, 2017)– This statement is attributable to ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH: “The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) applauds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for recognizing, in its white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health,” the great opportunity the corporate sustainability movement provides to …

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Ensuring Safety During Extended Workdays

When evaluating whether to use extended workdays, companies will normally consider a variety of factors – and worker safety should be one of them. Although extended workdays are not inherently more hazardous, some of aspects associated with them should be considered before making a decision.   Benefits and downsides Companies that use extended hours often report improvements in morale and …

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The Silent Secret for Successful Safety Training

Mark J. Steinhofer, CUSP, CHST, CSP It’s a chilly morning, and the crew is eager to make progress on the substation upgrade before tomorrow’s snow. The pickup pulls up, and out walks a good-looking guy in neatly pressed khakis, a white button-down shirt, and shiny brown lace-up shoes. He stops a couple yards away, looks at the group, breaks into …

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Customer Service Triumphs, December, 2016

January 5, 2017 – Several Safety Management Group associates were recognized for customer service triumphs during the previous month. Here’s a recap of the associates and the actions they undertook to receive tremendous feedback from their clients:   Melvin McCullough was recognized for a CST on December 15th Melvin just completed a short-term project in Michigan, the client representative was …

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Are You Competent Person in OSHA’s Eyes?

By Dave Schuster, CHST Safety Advisor Anyone who has some degree of responsibility for worker safety is probably familiar with OSHA’s requirement that safety oversight be handled by a “competent person.” But what exactly does that mean? What makes an individual “competent” in OSHA’s eyes? From a regulatory standpoint, the law defines a competent person as someone “who is capable …

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