Accident Investigation Kits – What You Need to Know

By Safety Management Group You’re supervising a jobsite that’s two hours away from your company’s offices, and the unthinkable happens: one of your subcontractor’s craftspeople has been seriously injured. His coworkers are performing first aid, and you can hear the ambulance’s siren as it approaches. Work has stopped completely as everyone looks on. What do you do next? It’s a …

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Shivvers Recalls Riding Lawn Mowers Due to Fire Hazard

Washington, DC, September 25, 2014 — Shivvers Manufacturing is recalling its Country Clipper Riding Lawn Mower due to a potential fire hazard.   Recall Summary   Name of product: Riding lawn mowers Hazard: The ignition module can fail to ground, resulting in overheating and melting, posing a fire hazard. Units: About 1,650 in the U.S. and 261 in Canada Description: …

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Charitable Golf Outing Raises $32k for Riley Hospital and Hoosier Burn Camp

Carmel, Indiana, September 22, 2014 — Safety Management Group’s 12th Annual Charity Golf Outing raised over $32,000.   This year the funds raised were shared between two great organizations; with $20,000.00 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children (http://iuhealth.org/riley/) and $12,000.00 benefiting the Hoosier Burn Camp (www.hoosierburncamp.org).   As Indiana’s first and only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, …

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Working Safely With Industrial Vacuums

By Safety Management Group There are many hazards around workplaces that are all too easy to ignore, because they seem to be benign. One of those is the use of vacuum. Workers may encounter vacuums both in the permanently installed systems that are used in many healthcare-related and industrial environments, and in the devices that are used to remove dust …

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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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