Proper Lifting: Not Just in the Warehouse, But in the Office Too

Gravity doesn’t work differently in the back office than it does in the warehouse. Bad lifting technique can lead to back injuries as easily among a set of cubicles as it can near a forklift. That’s why proper lifting is crucial, whether in the warehouse or in the office. It’s an important topic. Government data show that back complaints represent a substantial portion of non-fatal workplace injuries each year. To avoid this, you need to know the right way to approach something heavy. With this in mind, treat proper lifting as an important safety issue. Learn the right steps and… Read more »

Flagger Safety Tips

Flaggers have a crucial role in any road construction crew. This fact makes the job an in-demand position. However, it comes with its share of risks. That’s why it’s important to learn the core safety rules that come with being a flagger. Road construction represents a dangerous gig in general. According to a review of five years worth of statistics, an average of 89 people die each year as a result of accidents at road construction sites. Within these already dangerous working conditions, flaggers face some of the biggest perils. Responsible for controlling traffic, they operate closest to passing vehicles.… Read more »

How to Get Your Employees to Care About Safety

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Let’s face it: safety regulations can get annoying. Sure, they save lives and limit risks. But they also slow down production and complicate operations. That’s why you need every member of your staff to buy-in. Otherwise, people will ignore the rules. They’ll cut corners to simplify their days. For this reason, it’s crucial to get your employees to care about safety. Without that commitment, you’ll never get the compliance you need. Communicate the Importance of a Safe Environment Don’t just tell your employees what to do. Explain why they should do it. In other words, let them know the potential… Read more »

April Showers Bring Warehouse Hazards

We often look at spring as a time of renewal. Goodbye, grey winter. Hello, bright summer. But spring comes with its own safety risks. Wet conditions caused by rain showers or by melting snow can create slipping hazards for your warehouse. Even in the best of conditions, slip and trip dangers represent some of the biggest warehouse safety concerns. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips, and falls lead to more than a million hospital emergency room visits each year. That equates to 12% of total falls. Meanwhile, OSHA reports that nearly 700 fatalities a year result from slips,… Read more »

Looking to Maximize Electrical Safety? Use These Tips

You know the basics of electrical safety. Still, it’s always possible to go further. As a professional electrician, you need to cover every angle.    After all, one mistake around electricity can mean severe injury or even death. Data show about 1,000 deaths per year caused by electrical injuries. And those are only the worst-case scenarios. About 30 times that number suffer non-fatal injuries.   Given the risks, it’s important to take advanced precautions. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you maximize electrical safety when you’re on the job as an electrician:   Plan Your Attack Before you begin work on… Read more »

Can Over-Communication Improve Workplace Safety?

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Communication is crucial for developing a culture of workplace safety. You need to figure out how to make safety training more fun and engaging, and how to encourage people to retain that information over the long haul. A healthy back-and-forth between employees and management can turn well-meaning objectives into a well-run routine of compliance.    Often, regular levels of communication aren’t enough. Repetition and reinforcement turn procedures into practice. Over-communication, then, becomes the key to improving workplace safety over the long haul.   Another Kind of Safe Space   The idea of safety has many different meanings. In business, we usually mean protecting… Read more »

5 Keys to Loading Dock Safety

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Loading docks provide your company’s connection to the outside world. Raw materials come in. Finished products go out. Maintaining a rapid and efficient pace is a crucial part of a healthy business.   But keep that word “healthy” in mind. Loading docks don’t just exist as the crossroads of commerce. They also represent significant safety hazards. Maintaining a high level of loading dock safety is a key step in protecting everyone’s health and keeping your business humming.   With all the activity that takes place on the loading dock, it’s no surprise that they become a hive of potential injury. One study… Read more »

Footwear Safety – a Buyer’s Guide to Choosing Proper Work Boots

How often do you think about your feet? They provide the base (literally) of almost everything you do. Yet, people tend to make them an afterthought, especially when on the job.   This is a mistake. Proper footwear can make the difference between a good day and a bad day at work. More than that, the right work boot represents an important piece of safety equipment. In that way, your footwear can also mean the difference between life and death, or at least an important tool to avoid serious injury.   You may think that’s an exaggeration, but feet represent a major… Read more »

8 Safety Hazards All Plumbers Should Be Aware Of

Plumbers show up in the strangest places. Unlike many other workers, your business takes you to a different location almost every day. You continuously find yourself in unfamiliar workplaces…which means you also face a new set of safety hazards in every new environment.   People who head to a factory or an office for a living have a limited number of safety hazards to worry about. They can learn the dangers of their environment and develop habits to avoid them. It becomes second nature.   Plumbing assignments don’t let you do that. You have to reassess your situation continually, as your work environment changes… Read more »

Safety 101: How Often Do Industrial Employees Need Workplace Safety Training?

Safety starts at the front lines. That means it starts with your employees. As in any industrial workplace, your workers provide the primary defense against accidents and injuries. They enact policies and procedures on an everyday basis that protect everyone’s health.    Training is key to that process. Give your workers the instruction they need, and your workplace will remain as safe as possible. But you need to balance these training sessions with productive output. So how much is enough? How often do industrial employees need workplace safety training?   Here are a few things to keep in mind as you answer… Read more »