Category Archives: Reducing Liability

Driver Safety

Drive Defensively on the Road to Safety Be prepared to respond quickly and safely to traffic conditions and other drivers. Obey speed laws and traffic signals. Be on the lookout for surprises: pedestrians, bicycles, potholes, other drivers, etc. Pass only on the left after making sure you have plenty of room. Stay at least 3… read more

Fall Protection

Falls and ejections from the platform are leading causes of injury and death on aerial lifts. Always wear a personal fall arrest system or travel restraint system when in the platform or bucket. Attach the lanyard to the boom or platform anchor point, never to an adjacent pole, structure, or equipment. Never use a body… read more

Protective Clothing

To Protect Against… Toxic substances: Wear the impermeable chemical-resistant clothing recommended by the MSDS (often rubberized or neoprene). Corrosives: Wear impermeable chemical-resistant clothing (rubberized or neoprene) that fully covers the body. Highly toxic or corrosive substances (Level A): Wear a fully encapsulated chemical-resistant suit. Fire (flames, sparks, molten metal, etc.): Wear protective clothing made of… read more

Eye and Face Protection Checklist

Employers Must Assess workplace to identify hazards to eyes and face. Provide sanitary, reliable, undamaged eye and face PPE that protects against identified hazards and meets ANSI standards. Inform employees about available PPE and ensure that each individual is fitted properly. Train employees to know: When to use eye and face protection. What PPE to… read more

Aerial Personnel Devices

Vehicle-mounted Personnel Devices have Three Main Hazards Obviously, the first is falling from the basket. Second, an overloaded basket can cause the vehicle to tip over. Third, contact with overhead power lines is a deadly hazard. Workers on the ground are in danger of items falling from the basket. Always Know the Load Capacity and… read more

MADSIF – A Risk Management Tool Designed to Prevent Claims and Reduce Your Premiums

Focusing on Loss Control is the Best Way to Save WC Premium Dollars! Taking the time to understand the drivers behind your workers’ compensation costs and making a long-term commitment to a comprehensive loss control program designed to control those drivers is the best method for reducing your WC premium. Shopping carriers may bring short-term… read more

Slips and Falls

Don’t Be a ‘Fall Guy’ Falls hurt—and worse: They can disable or kill. Falling injuries occur in every industry, but they can be prevented or reduced in severity by the worker who is alert. Remember, falls will cost not only your employer, but you and your family. They can cost you pain, time spent at… read more

Do’s and Don’ts of Lifting

Is lifting part of your job routine? If so, then every day you risk injury from strains, sprains, hernias, cuts, and bruises. All it takes is one wrong move to injure yourself. Thousands of on-the-job injuries are related to improper body movement in lifting procedures. You can prevent injury by learning proper lifting techniques. A… read more

Emergency Eye Wash and Showers

Several OSHA standards require that an emergency eyewash or eyewash and shower be provided whenever employees are exposed to corrosive materials. Eyewash and Shower Requirements Eyewashes and showers should be in compliance with ANSI Z358.1-2004. Construction, installation and location of the eyewash or eyewash and shower should meet the ANSI requirements. A checklist of the… read more

Dealing with Distractions in Safety-critical Operations

Don’t Blink! Dealing with Distractions in Safety-critical Operations The classic example of a distraction leading to a fatal error in a safety-critical situation is the teenage driver who crosses the center line on the road while texting and kills herself or someone else. But driving isn’t the only safety-critical situation, and text messages aren’t the… read more