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Accident Investigation Kits

This is why it’s important to prepare for the possibility of an accident and the realities of the initial investigation by developing an accident investigation kit.

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Detecting and Dealing with Workplace Opioid Abuse

To supervisors and managers who grew up during the 1960s and 1970s, the mention of addiction to heroin and other opiate drugs conjures images of skinny junkies wasting away in a filthy apartment, an alley, or a gutter. It was something that happened to other people in other places. But that’s no longer true.

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Protecting Workers From UFO Dangers

While we’re really not worried about visitors from other planets making surprise visits to your jobsite, you do need to take steps to protect yourself and others from two different (and potentially deadly) types of UFOs: unexpected falling objects and unexpected flying objects.

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Ergonomics: Fixing Hidden Workplace Hazards

Most people associate the concept of ergonomics with office workers. But the basic concept is every bit as applicable to production lines, construction sites, vehicles, and anywhere else. After all, the science of ergonomics doesn’t only focus on office environments. By reducing that strain and the injuries that can result from it, ergonomics can lower the likelihood of lost time and long-term disability.

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Noise: The Insidious Hazard that is Often Missed

Most workplace hazards are obvious. A sharp edge on a tool, a flame from a torch, and an open trench are all recognizable as dangers, and instinct helps us avoid them. But one of the most potentially damaging hazards is one that most workers don’t even notice.

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Safety Ethics Through One Professional’s Eyes

For safety professionals, ethical practices are far more than some theory discussed in a classroom. The ultimate goal of the profession we’ve chosen is to make sure that people are able to go home unhurt at the end of the workday. While there are many other benefits to a safety program, it ultimately comes down to looking after other people.

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The Most Important Tool on the Jobsite

Utility workers should be familiar with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(c) and 1926.952, which require a job briefing before work begins. OSHA expects each briefing to include a discussion of hazards, work procedures, any special precautions, controls for energy sources and personal protective equipment needed for safe work.

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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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Safety Committees: The What and the Why (Part 2 of 3)

The first step in making a safety committee work most effectively is making sure that it has the right members. As we noted in the last issue of The Risk Management Review, the most productive committees include participants from throughout the company or the specific jobsite, with members representing levels from hourly workers to upper management.

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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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