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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Preparing For and Responding to Fires

By Safety Management Group When we think about workplace hazards, we tend to think about situations related to tools, equipment, or slips and falls. But one of the most potentially dangerous hazards on nearly every jobsite is fire. Fires are inherently destructive. Even if a fire is contained quickly, it can cause substantial damage to facilities and equipment, along with …

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Keeping People Safe Even When They Don’t Understand

By Tim Coomes, Safety Advisor While immigration is a hot issue today in the United States, immigrants have been a part of the workforce since our nation began. As each group entered the country and took positions in labor-intensive fields like construction and heavy industry, they struggled to learn English and communicate with co-workers of different backgrounds. Today, some of …

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Riley Golf Outing raised $35,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital, raising Safety Management Group’s overall donation amount to $111,000

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Trane Recalls Air Conditioning Units

Washington, DC, June 24, 2014 — Trane is recalling a select group of air conditioning systems due to an electrical shock hazard. Ground screws used in the recalled Trane XB300 and American Standard Silver SI air conditioning systems do not have the two threads required to provide sufficient grounding, posing a shock hazard to consumers. Consumers should stop using this …

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OSHA Urges Increased Safety Awareness in Advance of July 4th Celebrations

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to be vigilant in protecting workers from hazards while manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying and selling fireworks for public events.   “As we celebrate the July 4 holiday with fireworks and festivities, we must also be mindful of the safety of workers who …

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