Facility Access is a Critical Component of Safety

Mention “facility access,” and many people envision a bored security guard sitting behind a desk in an office building or in a rundown shack in front of an industrial site. For decades, that’s been a sadly accurately image of what companies do to protect their facilities and employees. It wasn’t a big problem, though, because there didn’t seem to be …

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Customer Service Triumphs — October, 2016

November 3, 2016 – Two 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:   Scott Wilkinson was recognized for a CST on October 3rd Brad Hunt received positive feedback from the client while visiting Scott on …

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Safety Management Group Associate to Present Seminar for Utilities

Glendale, Arizona — Safety Management Group’s Mark Steinhofer will be presenting a seminar at the Utility Safety Conference and Expo in Glendale, Arizona on November 1. Steinhofer’s seminar is entitled How to Read and Engage Workers: Effective Field Communication Strategies for Utility Industry Managers and Leaders. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: To understand the different types of effective communication methods. How to …

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Why It Makes Sense to Report Near-Misses

We do it every day and don’t think twice about it. This morning, as you walked out of the house, your foot slipped a little on the steps, but you caught yourself. On the drive to work, you swerved quickly as someone backed out right in front of you. While you were weed-whacking the lawn last evening, a small rock …

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Three Winter Worksite Safety Dangers

Winter conditions create a variety of safety challenges on construction projects. Some of the more common examples include a significant increase in the likelihood of slip and fall accidents and tissue damage caused by frostbite. But some of the hazards that arrive with winter conditions aren’t quite as obvious. Let’s a take a closer look at three winter worksite safety …

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OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard to add two additional fit-testing protocols

WASHINGTON, October 9, 2016 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to add two quantitative fit-testing protocols to the agency’s Respiratory Protection Standard. The protocols would apply to employers in the general, shipyard and construction industries. Appendix A of the standard contains mandatory respirator fit-testing methods that employers must use to ensure their …

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Customer Service Triumphs – September, 2016

October 7, 2016 – 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:   Ryan Dobbins was recognized for a CST on September 2nd Jordan Hollingsworth received positive feedback from the client’s new Contractor Safety Manager… …

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All Power Portable Generators Recalled by J.D. North America Due to Explosion, Fire and Burn Hazards

Washington, DC, August 26, 2016 – J.D. North America is recalling portable generators due to an explosion and fire hazard. Recall Summary Name of Product: All Power portable gasoline generators Hazard: The fuel tank can leak, posing explosion, fire and burn hazards. Remedy: Replace Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled generators and contact J.D. North America to schedule a …

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Five Steps to Safer Scaffolding

By Robb Tinney, Safety Advisor Safety Management Group OSHA reports that nearly two out of three construction workers frequently perform at least part of their work on scaffolding. Although they may not think of scaffolds as dangerous places, roughly 4,500 workers are injured each year in scaffold-related incidents, and as many as 50 actually die. Are scaffolds inherently dangerous? As …

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Best Practices for Outage Season

By Jordan Hollingsworth, CSP, CHST, CUSP Lead Advisor, Safety Management Group Football season is here, and hunting season is right around the corner. That means it’s also outage season for the electric power industry. Planned outages allow utilities to take equipment out of service for maintenance, replacement, or new construction. The timing is dictated by the utility owners and the …

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