COVID-19 Field Measures Safety Bulletin

Two of our Core Values are Do What You Say You are Going To and Commitment to Associates. Taking care of our associates is at the center of everything we do, and as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our communities, we want to share this recommended information to help keep our teammates, our clients, and our communities safe. HANDS …

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When OSHA Knocks

Les Prudent was sitting at his desk on a Monday morning, savoring a cup of coffee and reflecting on his solar farm transformer company’s crazy year of growth. From four people three years ago, the company now employs 112. A friend from a local business group recently suggested Les hire a full-time safety coordinator, but he’s been comfortable handling those …

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Providing Protection around Robotic Devices

You’ve probably seen it many times in science fiction movies: a robot goes berserk and wreaks havoc on its human masters. While real life is not quite that dramatic, and today’s industrial robots may not be as amazing as their counterparts from the movies, those robots are quite capable of causing injuries and damage. Robotic devices have become a fixture …

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Concrete Burns: Damaging, But Easy to Prevent

It was one of those steamy July afternoons and the crew was waiting for the concrete trucks to arrive and pour the large pad they had just finished framing. They planned to work more quickly than usual, because they knew the concrete would start curing faster than normal, there were several truckloads, and they didn’t want to spend the afternoon …

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Using Behavior-Based Approaches to Enhance Construction Safety

Many construction sites include an enforcer who is widely disliked. His mission? Spot workers who are violating the site’s safety rules and ensure they are called out and penalized. Often described by many names (some unprintable), this enforcer is most often known as the safety “cop.” In the workers’ eyes, he takes on the characteristics of Barney Fife of TV’s …

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Positively shifting a safety culture

Safety professionals frequently promote the benefits of having a positive and proactive safety culture. Upper management’s perception of their company’s safety culture may be that they have a decent safety culture, when in actuality they do not. The reality is that every company and every jobsite has a safety culture, good or bad — it’s just that some companies are …

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There’s More to Fall Protection than the Lanyard

Kids enjoy jumping from “high” locations. You probably jumped off of playground equipment, tree limbs, or small hills — and probably walked away with the scrapes and bruises that demonstrate the hazards. As adults, falling can be frightening. We rarely fall deliberately, and the surfaces that break our falls these days are less forgiving than grassy fields and playground surfaces. …

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Making jobsite ventilation a breeze

On the surface, ventilation is a simple concept. When we want more fresh air, we can open a window or a vent, or turn on a fan. At worksites, proper ventilation is one of the most important controls that can be used. In simple terms, it’s a way to control the quality of the work environment using flowing air, whether …

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Enhancing Safety Through Contractor Prequalification

At most companies’ facilities,  you have to stop to identify yourself and explain why you’re there. The reasoning is clear: the company wants to make sure that the only people who enter are those who belong there. It pays to take a similar approach with the contractors who will work on your organization’s projects. Only those who meet your organization’s …

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Closing up the risks from sealing and insulating

Sealing and installing insulation has long been a part of construction projects, but has become more important with the desire for greater energy efficiency. Whether the goal is a greener structure or simply a tighter building envelope, properly installed insulation and sealed joints to prevent air infiltration is a key factor. Sealing and insulating are generally straightforward processes, and as …

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