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Indiana Health Safety Conference and Expo

We are proudly, once again, a sponsor for the Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo. This year the Expo is held February 28-March 2, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. As Gold Sponsors, we are able to pass along a significant discount for our Clients/Prospects to register for the Conference & Expo. Click on the photo below for your discount! Click here for more information regarding the Expo. We hope to see you there!  

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December’s Unsafe Photos

We’ve compiled our favorite silly, unsafe photos for the month of December. The foolishness, danger, and lack of awareness in the photos below is unbelievable. Hopefully you can spot the issues within each photo! Please do not try to duplicate any of the images below, as they are not safe.  

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OSHA issues “Recommended Practices For Safety & Health Programs In Construction”

OSHA has issued a guideline that should help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe. The recommended practices should be helpful to small and medium sized contractors who may not have safety  and health specialists on staff. This is a wonderful tool that can be used as a guideline to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths, as well as financial difficulties these events can cause for workers, their families and their employers.  Click here to see the Recommended Practices provided by OSHA. Click here for the news release. These recommendations are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.  

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Trench Collapse Fatalities Have More Than Doubled in 2016

A recent fatality in Ohio has highlighted the fact that trench fatalities have more than doubled in the year 2016. There have been twenty three fatalities and twelve reported injuries regarding trenches. One cubic yard of soil can weight up to 3000 pounds, making trench collapses rarely survivable. Click here for the OSHA News Release. Click here for an OSHA Trenching and Excavation Fact Sheet.  

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Hurricane Preparedness and Response

OSHA has released their Hurricane Preparedness and Response information. Outlined are the warnings and watches used for hurricanes, information on hazard exposures, and risk assessments for hurricane response and recovery work. OSHA and NOAA are working together on a pubic education effort aimed at the improving the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather. To read about what steps to take, click here to go to OSHA’s website.   During this time, we would like to send out our thoughts and prayers to those who are threatened by the effects of Hurricane Matthew.    

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PPE Inspection Safety Video by NATE

The National Association of Tower Erectors have released this safety video as part of NATE’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The Climber Connection campaign advocates safe practices for tower workers. Check it out!  

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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

Keeping your ears safe and protected from possible damage is extremely important. Occasional hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. To help promote safety and future hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology is encouraging you to promote awareness of noise for the month of October. An estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability. A report based on a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as many as 16 percent of teens (ages 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise, meaning it’s never too early to start precaution. So what can you do to prevent hearing loss?  Lower the volume on your electronic devices Have earplugs or earmuffs on hand for when they’re needed Know what noises can cause ear damage If you can’t reduce […]

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3M Recalls a Fall Protection device

Capitol Safety/3M has replace the Lad-Saf™ sleeve with a redesigned next-generation Lad-Saf™ sleeve. The decision was made after potential misuse scenarios that could result in serious injuries or death were identified. They have decided to discontinue any future sales of the original product, and are initiating a full recall on all original sleeves. For more information, read the recall notice here.  

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OSHA’s website now available in Spanish!

Great news! Now, every OSHA webpage is available in Spanish! At the top of every page, they have added a Spanish and English link that will instantly translate. The photo below is an example of what it now looks like. Try it out yourself here.  

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Have an idea on how to lessen hearing loss?

According to OSHA, every year, 22 million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation. To help inspire creative ideas and raise awareness for workplace safety innovation, they have kicked off the  “Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge” The Department of Labor is challenging inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss. The challenge ends September 30. Ten finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on October 27 in Washington D.C. Winning ideas will get noticed by NIOSH Research to Practice (r2p) and interact with U.S. Patent and Trademark office representatives. The competition is open to all ideas related to occupational hearing protection. Suggested topics include: Technology that will enhance employer training and improve effective use of hearing protection. Technology that alerts […]

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