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A Confined Space Holiday Safety Wish

by: Safety Scrooge About this time every year I find it more and more difficult to get into the “Holiday Spirit”. Maybe, like you, I work too hard, too long, and commute too far. Maybe we’ve all become hardened by the never ending flow of disturbing local and world news. Did I leave out the […]

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Near Miss vs. an Accident

Everyone knows that working in construction can be dangerous. Most major construction projects involve working in excavations and trenches, working from scaffolds, and using heavy machinery to pour concrete for building walls and foundations. Working in factories and healthcare centers can be just as dangerous. There are countless incidents involving employees being injured on assembly […]

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The 10 Rules of an Effective HazMat First Responder

Accidental releases of industrial products lead to fires, explosions, and death. Famous ones make the news. But in an average year, there are 34,000 hazmat incidents in the US, which makes this a very prevalent hazard across a variety of industries and job sites. More than half are spills of fewer than 10 gallons. The […]

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OSHA Federal Regulations vs. Individual State Plans

Pursuant to Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Federal OSHA), States may administer their own job safety and health programs, or State Plans, if they meet minimum federal requirements. There are 22 states and jurisdictions that administer State Plans covering both public and private sector employees. Five states administer State […]

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What You Need to Know About Crane Signal Person Duties

Thinking about qualifying as a crane signal person? Want to know more about crane signal person duties? The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), a nonprofit organization formed in 1995 “to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction” is your reference. Here’s a […]

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OSHA 40 Hour Training

Sing to the show tune, “Whatever Lola wants…” and substitute “OSHA” for “Lola” and your sung response would be, “OSHA gets”; followed by “And little boss, great big OSHA wants YOU!”  (You need to see the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” to fully understand that allusion, of course.) But unlike watching Gwen Verdon strut her entertaining […]

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