H .W. Heinrich studied industrial accidents in the 1930s and 1940s and found that unsafe acts were the primary cause of 88% of all industrial accidents. Some people believe Heinrich’s study places undue emphasis on the actions of workers. I disagree—people are responsible for their actions, and those actions do not happen in a vacuum. […]
As the economy improves and construction projects pick up, employers are looking to hire temporary workers. Employing temporary workers has advantages for the employer, including the ability to scale staffing levels quickly. It also has advantages for the worker, such as the ability to quickly find a source of income. Unfortunately, many temporary workers are […]
Last year’s numbers are in, and your organization’s incident and injury numbers were impeccable. Now would be a perfect time to say thanks to everyone whose contributions made these results possible. Leading organizations concern themselves with performance plateaus. They wonder – How can they celebrate past accomplishments without jeopardizing the momentum needed for ongoing improvements? […]
The processes involved in fabricating metal generate metal slivers, shavings, and sometimes fine dust. At the individual level, metal cuttings may lead to lacerations, splinters, and particles in the eye. These are irritating and can be painful but are not generally life-threatening. A more insidious threat is metal dust, which can range from a minor […]
The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Part 46 requires training for miners engaged in shell dreging or employed at sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate or surface limestone mines. See MSHA’s website for complete compliance guidelines and resources.
U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that speeding-related deaths account for nearly one third of all U.S. traffic fatalities.
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a significant new use rule pertaining to “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped” substances commonly used as a dye in glow-in-the-dark paints, glow sticks and other luminescent products.
I presented a session at the North Dakota Safety Conference yesterday in Bismarck on Safety Observation Skills for Supervisors.
All aspects of business, including workplace health and safety, suffer when workers become distracted from their job responsibilities. Stress, fatigue and depression are prevalent distractors during the holiday season. It’s in a company’s best interest to address these influences.
Risk-taking at heights can have fatal consequences.