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Shoring Up Your Dig Safety

The majority of trenching and excavation fatalities revolve around cave-ins. The soil you are excavating weighs a lot more than you may think. Depending on the soil, one cubic yard of earth can weigh up to a ton. This means that even a small accident can become a serious situation very quickly.

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Accident Prevention: What’s it Going to Take?

No one wants to see a coworker become seriously injured. Yet every year, millions of people suffer injuries on the job, ranging in severity from minor to life-threatening. We have the choice to be more proactive and safety-minded in the culture of our workplaces.

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Nine Elements of a Sound and Successful Project Site Specific Plan

A Project Site Specific Plan (PSSP) is a critical and practical part of ensuring safety on a worksite. An effective plan gives contractors the opportunity to list the hazards their workers will encounter on the site so that they can identify and implement corrective actions before work begins.

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District Feature: Douglas County Libraries

Douglas County Libraries see a total of nearly 1.9 million visitors pass through the doors of their six branches each year. With so many visitors, each of their 312 employees shares a responsibility to promote and maintain a safe, healthy environment for visitors and staff.

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Safety Committees: The What and Why

Some companies and managers view safety as a top-down concept. Management sets out the rules, and the workers are expected to follow without question. But without buy-in from the workers, those rules are likely to create dissension and lead to bigger problems – or prove to be inappropriate in real-world situations.

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Beware Poisonous Snakes When Working Outdoors this Summer

From exposure to extreme temperatures and harmful UV rays, inclement weather, vector-borne diseases, and a whole host of poisonous plants and animals to worry about, it’s important for district employees to know their risks when working outdoors this summer. Perhaps none of these threats send a shiver down the spine quite like the threat of a potentially deadly snake bite.

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Don’t Get Burned by Unsafe Grilling This Summer

There’s nothing more synonymous with summertime than backyard barbecues. While you gather with coworkers, friends, and family for outdoor cookouts this year, just remember that outdoor grilling poses some serious risks.

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Keeping it Personal: Fire Districts Focus on Employee Wellness to Prevent Injuries

Employers of all types are starting to embrace and integrate comprehensive wellness programs, and for good reason. Wellness programs have been shown to impart many positive results, including decreased absenteeism, lower healthcare costs, and fewer medical claims while simultaneously increasing employee productivity, morale and retention.

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Emergency Response Procedures: Responding to Natural Gas Leaks

Natural gas is a relatively inexpensive and clean way of providing hot water and heat. If it leaks, however, it can present a tremendous danger to anyone in your facility and surrounding areas. A natural gas explosion can level a building, severely damage or spread fire to surrounding structures, and cause serious injuries and deaths.

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Seven Steps for Better Communication Among Safety Professionals

On a jobsite, it’s pretty easy to tell where one craft begins and another ends. Each craft’s job has its boundaries, and one craftsperson isn’t likely to venture into another’s area of expertise. But what happens when the safety manager for the mechanical contractor notices that an electrician isn’t grounding a circuit correctly?

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