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Confirmed: Blue-Collar Workers Are NOT Stronger Than The Sun

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We’ve hit the unofficial middle of summer with this past weekend’s Fourth of July celebrations and things are just heating up across the US. The kids are busy with camps and summer fun and family trips are on the horizon.

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Who Matters The Most? A Few Thoughts On Distracted Driving

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month meaning organizations such as OSHA, M.A.A.D, and EndDD are releasing annual studies on distracted driving.

OSHA is asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy

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On May 20, 2019, OSHA published an RFI asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) as shown below. link]. The control of hazardous energy is regulated under OSHA’s control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard.

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OSHA Now Using Drones For Safety Inspections

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We are in the midst of a technological revolution. No matter the job, technology continues to find its way into every corner of every industry, including construction.

You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Carpooling: A Terrible Idea For Teens

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Carpooling- a concept that makes all the sense in the world for a number of reasons. It saves you money; 4 people splitting a tank gas a lot cheaper than 1 person. It helps the environment; 1 car’s emissions harming the atmosphere is a lot better than 4 cars worth. It reduces traffic; less cars on the road typically means less stress. In most circumstances is hard to deny the positives of carpooling. For some of us, carpooling should be our greatest fear.

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Ladder Safety: It’s Time To Pay Attention

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People all over the country use ladders for all sorts of activities. There are ladders that get you 2 feet off the ground and those that help you reach 200 feet.

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Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety?

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Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety? Just ask OSHA. OSHA has made it clear that staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for temporary worker safety.

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“Show Me”: Assessing The Foundation For Worker Training

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FDRsafety continues to encounter situations where workers are allegedly “trained.” Unfortunately, we find that much of this training has no foundation… Let me explain. First, we fully understand that appropriate industry practice is to have an experienced worker training a new employee.

“Show Me”: Evaluating Employee To Employee Safety Training

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FDRsafety continues to encounter situations where workers are allegedly “trained.” Unfortunately, we find that much of this training has no foundation… Let me explain. First, we fully understand that appropriate industry practice is to have an experienced worker training a new employee.

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OSHA Drone Inspections: Part 2

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In our previous blog on drones we addressed whether you should or shouldn’t allow OSHA to operate drones on your worksite. We received such an abundance of feedback, we felt it necessary to dive deeper into the topic of drones and what they can mean for the future of workplace safety.

Safety Around Powerlines – Part II

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Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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5 Safety Tips Before Driving In The Snow

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As we approach the heart of winter, many areas of our country have already caught the wrath of cold temperatures, snow showers, and for some, a bomb cyclone.

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No More Overlooking Work Zone Accidents

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Last week we published a blog highlighting the dangers faced by teenagers while driving , specifically carpooling. An appropriate topic given that it was Memorial Day Weekend and the kick-off to what we in the safety industry know as the 100 Deadliest Days. Thanks to overwhelming media coverage this phrase and the associated 3+ month time period have become a nationally recognized issue.

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OSHA Penalty & Record Keeping Changes

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On January 23rd OSHA released its annual Federal Register report containing the changes within the organization. We recommend reading the article in its entirety but have included many of the highlights below. OSHA Penalties Increased Due To Inflation.

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Safety Culture Exercise: Improving Attitudes Towards Safety

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Creating an effective Safety Culture is something we at FDRsafety preach daily to our clients, partners, friends, and family.

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Building The Foundation For A Great Safety Culture

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The idea of safety is misconstrued on a daily basis as a “Have To”, “How To” or “Learn To” idea. We’re are constantly reminded of the proper procedures to follow in order to do things the safe way whether at home or at work.

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Older, Not Wiser? Workplace Fatalities Highest Amongst Older Generation

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AFLCIO : These are challenging times for working people and their unions, and the prospects for worker safety and health protections are uncertain. What is clear, however, is that the toll of workplace injury, illness and death remains too high, and too many workers remain at serious risk.

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Two Tips For A Safer Project

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The United States is and has always been one of the fastest growing nations in the world. Not only are we constantly building, we are doing so at a rapid pace and massive scale.

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Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

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This blog is targeting small employers, especially those involved with sheet metal fabrication. Of necessity, your work involves workers being close to the point of operation for many tasks. Spot welders, riveters, manual forming machines, etc.

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The Problem With OSHA Record Keeping

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OSHA record keeping was introduced in the 1970’s with the goal of creating safer workplaces. While a good and helpful idea, OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates may be too much of a focus for many companies, while off the job injuries often go unaddressed.

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The Financial Effects Of A Safe Workplace

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In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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A Few Words On Silo Syndrome And Safety

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We are a nation of silos… A silo, as most of us know, is a tall, self-contained cylindrical structure that is used to store commodities such as grain after a harvest.

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OSHA Memorandum Takeaways: Incentive Programs & Post Incident Drug-Testing

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On Friday, October 11th, many in the safety world received a memorandum from OSHA regarding Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing. While the memorandum is helpful in clarifying issues, the language and structure used throughout can be difficult to understand.

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Safety Around Powerlines: Part I

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Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

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Based upon a communication from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs.

Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

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Based upon a communication from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs.

The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 2

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We continue to encounter many mistaken beliefs about OSHA’s regulation CFR,1910.147 , The Control of Hazardous Energy. In this blog, we address the “myths” of Lockout/Tagout using verbatim quotes from OSHA’s Preamble to the regulation ( OSHA text in bold italics ).

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The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 1

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We continue to encounter many mistaken beliefs about OSHA’s regulation CFR,1910.147 , The Control of Hazardous Energy. In this blog, we address the “myths” of Lockout/Tagout using verbatim quotes from OSHA’s Preamble to the regulation ( OSHA text in bold italics ).

OSHA’s Repeat Violation Policy: How To Prepare.

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EHS Today : “A recent court decision extending the time limitation for OSHA to assess repeat violations has upped the ante for employers who until now chose not to contest more routine violations because of the cost of defending them.

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Uncharted Territory: How To Teach Safety To Millennials

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In my 40 years as a Safety Professional and Instructor, I have trained over 50,000 people on the topic of workplace safety.

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5 Tips For Hiring Great Temporary Safety Professionals

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In the world of Safety there are differing views on utilizing staffing agencies to fill temporary positions. Many feel that they are quite helpful thanks to their vast network of professionals while others have been disappointed in the quality of the employee they receive.

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Using TaBRA For Culture Change

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TaBRA (Task Based Risk Assessments) is a topic about which FDRsafety has written several times. Our previous blogs describe the “what,” “how, ” and “why” of the TaBRA method from a technical perspective.

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Las Vegas Raiders Not Gambling On Workplace Safety

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Las Vegas Sun : It’s 6 o’clock in the morning at the future home of the Raiders in Las Vegas and workers are about to begin their shift on the $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium. But before the group of about 300 workers embark on a day’s work, they gather for a message: safety first.

How To Create Effective Safety Signage

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There is good safety signage, bad safety signage and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety signage” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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Good Safety Signage

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There are good safety signs, bad safety signs and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety sign” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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10 Benefits Of Including Mock OSHA Audits In Your Safety Program

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OSHA Audits can be nerve wracking, tedious, and costly for any business. Rather than being caught off guard by the findings of OSHA during one of their audits, we highly recommend that you implement Mock OSHA Audits into your regular safety program.

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The Financial Impact of a Workplace Injury

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In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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Shortcuts On The Job: Are They Worth It?

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Over 5,190 fatal accidents occurred in the United States as recently as 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some accidents are simply that, accidents, while others are avoidable.

A Wake-up Message for Employers or An Ounce of Prevention…

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I continue to receive many requests for assistance on matters involving the control of hazardous energy. In too many situations, an employee was injured and OSHA stepped in with significant fines for violations of 29 CFR 1910.147.