Understanding the Dangers of Decision Fatigue

Reginald “Reggie” Fields Safety Advisor Have you ever had a day off when you woke up in the morning feeling ambitious and confident you were going to accomplish everything you wanted? As you move through the day, you’re tackling one task after another. But as afternoon starts to transition into evening, something is happening. It takes a more effort to …

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Minimize the Hazards Presented by Hazardous Waste

By Safety Management Group When the average person thinks about hazardous wastes, their minds probably conjure an image of a remediation worker in a moonsuit using a sophisticated robot to move vials of mysterious compounds. After all, that’s the way TV and movies tend to portray those materials. In reality, hazardous wastes are all around us, especially in workplaces. Essentially, …

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Best Construction Safety Practices for COVID-19

Jordan Hollingsworth, CSP, CHST, CUSP Field Operations Manager As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads across the nation, many companies have been idled, but a significant number of construction projects have been deemed essential businesses. Workers, supervisors, and safety professionals on those projects must follow best practices to protect workers and their families from exposure to COVID-19. Responsible contractors are hungry to …

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Older Workers Create Concern About Safety

By Safety Management Group   If you’ve noticed that you’re seeing more gray hair on your worksites, you’re not alone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers age 55 and older will have jumped by 55 percent over 2014 levels by 2024. That compares to an increase of just five percent for younger workers. The graying …

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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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