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February’s Unsafe Photos

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February Expo’s we’re Attending

This month we will be attending two Expo’s! The Indiana Safety and Health Conference and Expo on February 27th, and Indiana Subcontractor’s Association’s Construction Networking Event of the Year on February 28th. We have a 10% off coupon for those attending the Indiana Safety and Health Conference on February 26-28. Use code 2211 when registering online or on the phone (800-824)6885).

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Prepare for Winter Weather!

With the weather we have had this week, it seems time for a good reminder to stay safe this season! With the possibility of low temperatures and wind speed in the teens, any exposed skin can become frostbitten within 10- 30 minutes! The risk of hypothermia is also higher. In response to this, we encourage trying to move work indoors when possible. Other precautions could involve rescheduling work, delaying start times, limiting outdoor activities, requiring frequent warming breaks, not allowing anyone to work alone, and providing cold stress training to exposed employees. Cold stress training should include: hazards of cold stress, proper dress attire, proper diet for cold weather, the importance of never working alone, warming break frequency, how to recognize symptoms of frostbite/hypothermia, and how to treat cold stress injuries. Let us know if you need more guidance or have any questions. Stay warm!! Below are a few images […]

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January’s Unsafe Photos

                                          

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Unintentional Deaths Numbers Continue to Rise

New analysis from the National Safety Council (NSC) indicates unintentional deaths hit their highest number in history in 2017. This information, released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) shows fatalities resulting from preventable accidents rose to 169,936 in 2017, a 5.3% increase from 2016. According to the NSC, an American is killed accidentally every three minutes by a drug overdose, a motor vehicle crash, a fall, a drowning, a choking incident or another preventable occurrence.Below we have listed the top 10 accidental, preventable deaths from 2017.   1. Poisoning (including drug overdose) Number of Deaths 2017: 64,795 2016: 58,335 Percent Change: 11.1% 2. Motor Vehicle Accidents Number of Deaths 2017: 40,231 2016: 40,327 Percent Change: -0.2% 3. Falls Number of Deaths 2017: 36,338 2016: 34,673 Percent Change: 4.8% 4. Suffocation of Ingestion, Inhalation Number of Deaths 2017: 5,216 2016: 4,829 Percent Change: 8% 5. Drowning Number of Deaths 2017: 3,709 2016: 3.786 Percent Change: -2% 6. Fires, Flames, and Smoke […]

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November’s Unsafe Photos

                                       

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OSHA Revises Crane Standard

OSHA REVISES CRANE STANDARD! Are you one of the many who was expecting OSHA to delay (again) their requirement for all crane operators to be certified?  If you were, you may be surprised to hear that OSHA published a statement on November 7 announcing this requirement will become effective December 9, 2018.  Not only that, but they also made some other revisions to the crane standard (Subpart CC).  The most significant change is the requirement to perform a documented skills assessment of each task an operator performs.  The new changes will become effective on February 7, 2019.  For more information on these new changes click here.  

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OSHA Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavating

OSHA has updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses. This is in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities. OSHA will increase its education and enforcement efforts and each OSHA office will develop outreach programs. Inspectors will now record trenching and excavation inspections in a national reporting system. The program began on October 1, 2018, with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach. Enforcement activities will begin after the outreach period and remain in effect until canceled. Click here for OSHA’s News Release. The NEP is a series of temporary programs released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA in order to protect the health and safety of workers in industries that have been determined to present high risks. The programs included are: Combustible Dust, Federal Agencies, Hazardous Machinery, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Primary Metal Industries, Process Safety Management, Shipbreaking, and Trenching and Excavation.   Preview […]

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October’s Unsafe Photos

                                          

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NIOSH Releases Fact Sheet on Opioid Overdoses in the Workplace

It is undeniable that opioid abuse is a major problem in the United States. In fact, in 2017 the President declared the opioid overdose epidemic to be a public health emergency. With over 42,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, and provisional data showing that over 49,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2017, many employers are starting to carry Naloxone (NARCAN) as a precaution for possible overdoses. Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdoses. It can temporarily stop some of the life-threatening effects of overdoses from opioids. It can also help restore breathing and reverse the sedation and unconsciousness that are common during an opioid overdose. Recent studies show higher opioid overdose death rates among workers in industries and occupations with high rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Rates also were higher in occupations with lower availability of paid sick leave and lower job security, suggesting […]

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