Strategy for Site Assessments and Field Surveys

By Dave Schuster, CHST Safety Management Group Back when we were all in elementary school, some teachers awarded two grades on large assignments – one for effort, and once for the quality of the actual work. Working hard on a project but not really understanding what it was all about might produce one of those disheartening “A for effort, D …

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Top Ten OSHA Violations for Fiscal Year 2014

San Diego, CA, September 16, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 before a crowded group of spectators on the Expo floor.   “We …

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Honda Issues Recall for Popular Gas Powered Generators

Washington, DC, September 10, 2014 — American Honda recalls a line of its gas-powered generators due to an impact hazard and errors with the owner’s manual.   Name of product: Gas-powered generators Hazard: The rear frame support can fail during lifting, posing an impact hazard. The owner’s manual can have missing or duplicated pages, which could cause consumers not to …

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ASSE Offers a New View of the Great Safety Pyramid

DES PLAINES, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2014) – Since its creation 83 years ago by H. W. Heinrich, the safety triangle offered a ratio formula that encouraged safety professionals to focus on the causes of minor injuries as a way to reduce the probability of having major accidents. It sparked a new way of interpreting safety data that may be flawed. …

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OSHA, NIOSH Announce Recommended Practices to Protect Temporary Workers

WASHINGTON, August 25 2014 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health today released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job.   Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels made the announcement today at the Voluntary …

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Harris Recalls Two Models of Welding Torches

Washington, DC, July 31, 2014 — Harris Products Group has recalled two models of its welding torch handles due to the potential of an oxygen leak which could pose a fire hazard.   Name of Product: Welding torch handles   Hazard: The torch handles can leak oxygen or fuel, posing a fire hazard. Units: About 13,000 in the U.S. and …

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Using AEDs to Restart Hearts

By Safety Management Group We’re all familiar with cases in which someone who appeared to be completely healthy suddenly collapsed and died. You may have even been a witness to a situation like that. The medical community refers to a situation in which the heart suddenly stops working as Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). During SCA, the blood flow stops, starving …

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Seven Useful Strategies that Set the Tone for Safety

By Rob Shone, Safety Advisor Safety Management Group The craftspeople arrive at the new jobsite, prepared to start work on their phase of a major project. They’re ready to tackle the challenges of this particular job, but they’re first herded into a room that reminds them of a high school classroom. Here it comes. That dreaded safety orientation they’re forced …

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OSHA Issues New Directive to Keep Communication Tower Workers Safe

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its Communications Tower directive regarding the use of hoist systems used to move workers to and from workstations on communication towers. This follows an alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower work sites. More fatalities occurred in this industry in 2013 than in the …

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Metabo Recalls Electric Angle Grinders Due to Laceration Hazard

Washington, DC, July 24, 2014 — Metabo Corporation of West Chester, Pennsylvania has recalled a group of its Metabo Ergo series 6-inch angle grinders. The on/off switch can stick in the “on” position, posing a laceration hazard. Units: About 4,300 Description: This recall involves Metabo W14-150 Ergo series 6-inch medium angle grinders. The angle grinders have a green body, a …

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