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“Competent Person”

The term Competent Person is an important one and a key player in the safety of any company on the job site. There are many OSHA standards that discuss the need for a competent person to make decisions about work place safety of the job from Scaffolds to Excavations and electrical work. Here is what OSHA says about a individual that is designated a...

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Forklift Modification

During my career at many different companies I have seen modifications done to Forklifts. The most common is drilling a hole in the tines of a forklift to acepte all manner of devices, I have seen
companies cut forklift times to shorten them to facilitate work at their locations. Would you do this or allow this? I hope not! If you need to...

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Forklift Pre-Operation

The daily care your Forklift’s and their service life depends on a good regular maintenance routine. The first step in a good maintenance program is a daily operator inspection of the lift. OSHA states: OSHA requires that all forklifts be examined at least daily before being placed in
service. Forklifts used on a round-the-clock basis must be...

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Hurricane Preparedness and Response

Planning It is important to have an evacuation plan in place to ensure that workers can get to safety in case a hurricane may affect the area. A thorough evacuation plan should include:

  • Conditions that will activate the plan
  • Chain of command
  • Emergency functions and who will perform them
  • Specific evacuation...

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OSHA is revising the construction standard for electric power line work

The revised Standard will make it more consistent with the corresponding general industry standard and is also making some revisions to both the construction and general industry requirements. Here are some examples of the types of injuries and fatalities the standard will prevent:

  • As an electric...

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OSHA Issues Direct Final Rule Revising Beryllium Standard For General Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a direct final rule (DFR) clarifying aspects of the beryllium standard for general industry as it applies to processes, operations, or
areas where workers may be exposed to materials containing less than 0.1% beryllium by weight. The DFR clarifies the definitions of...

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OSHA Proposes Rule to Ensure Crane Operators Are Qualified To Safely Operate Equipment

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule to increase the safety of America’s construction sites. In addition to
providing long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements, the proposal reinstates
the employer duty to ensure that a crane...

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for FY 2017

Every year the to 10 OSHA violations are published and the same categories are there year in and year out. Logically this makes no sense when the stated purpose of an accident investigation
is to find the root cause and prevent any future occurrence of this situation, yet the accidents still
occur. The reasons are many, culture, employee...

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Resources for Employers and Employees

In a previous post we highlighted OSHA’s suggestions on how to prepare for a successful Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Today we are highlighting a list of resources that can be used in
the safety stand down by both employers and employees. Stand-Down Partner Materials

  • CPWR: Stop Construction...

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Safety Starts with Training

OSHA requires employers to provide training to workers who face hazards on the job. We create training materials, distribute training grants to nonprofit organizations, and provide training through authorized education centers. Find Training Tools Training Requirements and Resources...

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Teen Driving statistics will shock you

Driving safely can be challenging enough when full attention is given to the road and its potential hazards. Driving while operating a cell phone, adjusting the radio, or eating and drinking can be
distracting and potentially dangerous. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has long been concerned with the issues of...

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