Statement from OSHA Regarding Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016. More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, …

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Wrapping Up Know-how for Safe Rigging

It’s tough to imagine worksites without machinery and systems that are designed to lift materials. Without hoists, cranes, pulley systems, and other devices, all work would have to take place at ground level, and the only objects that could be lifted would be those light enough for humans to handle. From the tower cranes used to bring materials to the …

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Successfully Negotiating Safety Issues with Contractors

Jordan Hollingsworth, ASP, CHST, CHSP Safety Advisor A safety professional is performing his afternoon observation of the work on a hospital expansion. He glances over at part of the structure and notices a pair of electricians who are leaning out of a manlift as they struggle to position a length of heavy cable. As he walks up to them, what’s …

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Customer Service Triumphs — November, 2017

Several Safety Management Group associates were recognized for customer service triumphs during the month of November. Here’s a recap of the associates and the actions they undertook to receive tremendous feedback from their clients: Luke Brigance was recognized for a CST on November 1st. Luke supports a large utility company in Ohio, working closely with a client Construction Representative in …

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U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. OSHA’s final …

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Frostbite: The Icy Truth

By Kim Fulford, CHST Safety Management Group Most of the hazards associated with working in winter weather conditions are fairly obvious. We know that we can slip and fall on ice, and that snow and ice can fall off of roofs and overhanging structures. We bundle up and bring portable space heaters to work areas to prevent against hypothermia. When …

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Pick Up Some Heavyweight Advice for Safer Lifting

When we think about workplace injuries, we tend to think about what happens with tools, equipment, or working in hazardous locations such as on ladders or scaffolding. But more than a third of workplace injuries are the result of something simpler that most of us do several times a day: using our body to lift objects. According to the Bureau …

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Customer Service Triumphs — October, 2017

Several Safety Management Group associates were recognized for customer service triumphs during the month of October. Here’s a recap of the associates and the actions they undertook to receive tremendous feedback from their clients: Latoya Johnson was recognized for a CST on October 2nd. Safety Management Group recently participated in JobSpark, a local philanthropic event geared towards helping young students …

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Stay Safe This Halloween with NFPA’s Fire Safety Tips

Halloween is creeping up on us. The rush is on to find the perfect pumpkin, the spookiest costume, and the best candy for trick-or-treaters. However, along with all this excitement comes potential fire hazards related to seasonal decor and costumes. Fortunately, fire risks can be avoided by following the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Halloween safety precautions. “Halloween brings out …

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Warehouse Stock Plenty of Hazards

Today’s warehouses and distribution facilities have little in common with their counterparts from a generation ago. Facilities from both eras serve as places where products and materials are stored until needed and shipped, but the image of dark, cramped buildings and stacks of boxes is no longer accurate. Walk into a contemporary warehouse or distribution center, and you’ll be in …

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