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Bottoms-up —Realizing You Need Safety When it’s Too Late

The belief is that every alcoholic has to hit rock bottom before they realize they have a problem and can start on the road to recovery.  With some employers the same can be said about their safety program.  What triggering event will it take to shake them up and get them to understand that they have requirements to follow and ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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“I Can’t Fix Stupid”—Zero Injury is an Impossible Goal

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It’s inevitable that somewhere, sometime, a worker at your company will do something stupid, resulting in an injury. You’re kidding yourself if you believe that isn’t the way it plays out.  It’s a numbers game of probability—the more time that passes and worker hours are logged without an injury the closer you get to experiencing an injury.  Therefore does a ...

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Torque wrench safety

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“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Not Satisfied With Your Safety Performance?

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The Value Proposition Losses are not good for business.  Injuries or property damage cost money and threaten sustainability in a number of ways and often result in bad morale, lost productivity, lost customer opportunities, and higher insurance premiums to name a few. Safety performance is a reflection of a company’s efforts to control loss.  Performance can be measured by a ...

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What happened to Brandon Belk? Could better safety measures have saved him?

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Environment & Energy Publishing released a story today outlining the suspicious death of a Bandlands Power Fuels worker named Brandon Belk in Watford City, North Dakota. Belk’s parents stated in the interview that they believe his death was caused by inhaling solvents and other petroleum products while cleaning a frack tank. The autopsy says that he died from pneumonia or ...

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