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A Comprehensive Look at Construction Safety

4 min read Every time you step onto a construction site, there are countless hazards that you can come across in just a matter of seconds. That is why construction safety is not something that should be taken without serious diligence and precaution. Whether you are working on a commercial or residential site, or if you are working … Read more

Andon Lights and Signals: What you Need to Know

Andon lights or lanterns hanging

3 min read What is an Andon Light? Long before the time when we could just flip a switch and light a room, the Japanese term Andon, simply meant paper lantern or signal light. Today, Lean manufacturers everywhere use Andon systems as a visual management tool to quickly alert those who need to maintain or oversee a plant … Read more

‘Tis the Season–to Catch the Flu

Working during flu epidemy

3 min read It’s that time of year again. No, not the last minute shopping, wrapping and list checking, but the aches, pains,  coughing, and nausea induced flu season that haunts us, year in and year out. It can come at a moments notice. Just ask the folks I work with. Last week we had a construction team … Read more

Top 10 Causes of Disabling Injuries in 2010

Different workers man closeup on building background

2 min read According to the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2010 amounted to $51.1 billion in direct US workers compensation costs. The annual Workplace Safety Index uses information from Liberty Mutual workers compensation insurance claims, the US bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Academy of Social … Read more

Floor Tape Helps Boost Safety In Auto Shop

SafetyTac Floor Tape

3 min read Safety is always a concern when working with dangerous equipment and machinery, especially when it involves students in a training program. The auto repair shop at Portland Community College, located just south of Portland, Oregon, is not only a fully functioning auto repair shop, but also a training facility for students to earn a degree … Read more

8 Safety Communication Tips

Forklift Driver Communicating With Supervisor

3 min read Safety Communication Safety, safety, safety, we hear it all the time. “Be safe!” What does that even mean? It’s probably the most cliche term used in safety communication today. We all know that safety is a focus, but more times than not we stick to the same routines we’ve been stuck in and resort to … Read more

Workers Still Ignoring Fall Protection

Blocks Spelling Safety Falling Over As Symbol for Danger And Warning

3 min read The information is clearly out there for all to see. The risk of injury or death from construction workers that work without the proper fall protection equipment is alarmingly high. Yet we still see a large amount of workers still ignoring fall protection. A recent study by the researchers/authors of Fall Protection in Residential Construction … Read more

Lack of Sleep Costing Employers Billions

3 min read Getting sleepy at work? Spend a good portion of your time before and after your lunch feeling like your head just gained an extra 20 pounds and your eye lids are on the last set of an intense workout? Well apparently you’re not the only one. In fact, lack of sleep is costing employers billions. … Read more

Protecting America’s Workers Act

Keys to a safe and healthy workplace

2 min read The last time a bill for occupational safety and health (OSH Act of 1970) made it to the desk of the oval office, Richard Nixon was sitting behind it. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), is looking to change that by reintroducing the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA) (S.665). PAWA will aim at making improvements to the … Read more