Schneider Electric Recalls APC Surge Protectors Due to Fire Hazard

Washington, DC, October 3, 2013 — A recall of APC SurgeArrest surge protectors involves approximately 15 million units that can overheat, smoke and melt. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Recall Summary Name of product: APC SurgeArrest surge protectors Hazard: The surge protectors can overheat, …

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Brownfield Sites Create Additional Safety Challenges

By Safety Management Group As communities seek opportunities for economic growth, many consider redeveloping old industrial sites that have long been abandoned. That’s especially true in communities that were economically healthy decades ago, but that have since fallen upon tougher times. Manufacturing plants, foundries, mills, and other industrial facilities may have moved on to newer sites elsewhere or simply have …

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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: The Best Practices for Loss Control Surveys

If you were asked about your recordable incident rates, or about safety-related incidents on your worksite, you could probably provide the data without too much digging. But when it comes to identifying the factors behind those rates and incidents, you may not be able to answer as quickly or as confidently. It’s important to have those answers so that you …

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The Right Track for Railcar Safety

By Safety Management Group Trains have long fascinated and frustrated people. For every child who hypnotically watches a long train full of colorful freight cars roll by, there a driver who’s running late and wishes railroads had never been invented. Railroads play a key role in America’s economy, and as trains become more energy-efficient, a larger share of freight is being …

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Festool Recalls Plunge Cut Circular Saw Due to Laceration Hazard

Washington, DC, September 30, 2013 — Festool has recalled its Plunge Cut Circular Saw due to a laceration hazard. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Recall Summary Name of product: TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw Hazard: The plunge lock can engage when not intended, causing the saw …

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2012 announced at National Safety Council Congress & Expo

Orlando, Oct. 23, 2013 – 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 2012. 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 appreciate our colleagues at …

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Workplace Safety WWII to OSHA

A short history of occupational health and safety in the U.S. from after WWII to OSHA’s creation in 1970. Clipped from the 1979 film, Can’t Take No More, produced and distributed by OSHA, narrated by Studs Terkel.

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Real Safety: It Begins with Real Values

By Ron Hanson, CHST, Vice President of Operations Safety Management Group  When trying to make a worksite a safer place, many employers take an approach that’s similar to the one used by OSHA: they set strict rules and then dole out stricter penalties when those rules are violated. While that kind of approach can improve a company’s safety record, it …

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Managing Media During a Safety Incident

By Safety Management Group The call interrupted your sleep, and you were on your way to the worksite seven minutes later. You knew that there had been some kind of chemical leak and that at least three workers had been hurt, but the caller didn’t share much else. As you get closer, the sky is ablaze with red flashing lights …

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US Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces Proposed Rule Addressing Crystalline Silica Exposure

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year. After publication of the …

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