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May 2009 Blog Posts (37)

151kv Live Line Hotsticking Video

One of my companies, Ashley Substation, Inc. did some hot work today. Lot's of prep and paper for a few quick moments of "take your breath away" fun. I've spared you the four hours of briefing and inspecting (in which you guys should also be interested) and cut right to the the juicy stuff.



Here is some information about the video:



Posted by John Ashley, owner, Contractor Safety, LLC. This is a video of Tinker & Mr. Jimmy getting it done in Fisher,… Continue

Added by ContractorSafety.Com on May 30, 2009 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

ContractorSafety.TV

ContractorSafety.TV is running smooth and looking pretty darn good.



Every video on our television station has the ability to "autoroll" allowing for non-stop viewing pleasure and an authentic TV style viewing experience.



Also you will find no adsense pay-per-click advertising (yuck!!!) on our TV Channel. Jump in and learn something you might not know, or even better! Share something we might not know.



Check it out,… Continue

Added by ContractorSafety.Com on May 30, 2009 at 2:27am — No Comments

PSM Oriented Towards Dust Hazards?

A process safety management (PSM) oriented program that addresses combustible dust hazards in the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and utility sectors needs to be implemented as it is in the chemical and refinery sectors. The main problem, is a disconnect concerning wood, food, paper, textiles, etc. process streams as not being considered like the 136 highly hazardous chemicals (HHC) as outlined… Continue

Added by John Astad on May 29, 2009 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Electric shock

Does anyone have a source for some real life electric shock incidents; That I may be able to use for some training. I have already been thruogh BLR and NIOSH, and OSHA. I am really looking for some news report clipping type stuff. Thanks so much in advance.

Added by James Alexander on May 29, 2009 at 1:08pm — 3 Comments

Ethanol Plant Dust Explosions and Fires

Like a small tremor on the San Andreas fault line of the West Coast as a precursor to the big one, the recent explosion at the ethanol plant in Hastings, Nebraska provides a similar warning. In less than a year over a dozen combustible dust related fires and explosions have occurred at ethanol facilities throughout the Midwest. The importance of donning proper PPE such as flame resistant clothing (FRC) in such a work environment… Continue

Added by John Astad on May 28, 2009 at 3:14am — 2 Comments

I Chose To Look The Other Way

Cross Posted From: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com/



Because it was requested, today I am posting another poem by Don Merrill.



I Chose To Look The Other Way




I could have saved a life that day,

But I chose to look the other way.

It wasn’t that I didn’t care;

I had the time, and I was there.



But I didn’t want to seem a fool,

Or argue over a safety rule.

I… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 27, 2009 at 7:15am — 3 Comments

Mike Tyson's Daughter - Fatal Injury at her home.

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1612176/20090526/story.jhtml



So very tragic, it's important to inform/remind our employees that safety doesn't end once you leave work. We want their families to be safe as well!



I post helpful safety topics for the home very often at work! Employees appreciate it! Information is available through local Health Units and online.



Home Safety Council http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/index.asp

Product Recalls… Continue

Added by Wendy on May 26, 2009 at 9:13pm — 1 Comment

Hard hat problems Degil

Hi: If you have a DeGill brand hard hat that was received before April 1st of this year the suspension may fail when stressed. There is a manufacturing defect. This defect has lead to one injury in our company already.

Should not the company do a recall and presss campaign to let this fact be known? At this point they refuse.




William Haflidson
National Health & Safety Manager

Trow Associates Inc.

Added by William on May 26, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Summer is here - Heat related stress hazards

Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com/



Many workers in manufacturing environments are exposed to heat related hazards, especially during hot summer months. The necessity for training and awareness is covered under the General Duty cause in Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act ("General Duty Clause") which requires an employer to furnish to its employees:



"...employment and… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 26, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

It's Up To Me

Cross Posted From: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com/



I found this poem by Don Merrell. It's been floating around the internet for years, but I thought it still very appropriate.





It's Up To Me



I want a workplace, that's Injury Free

And if that's going to happen, then it's up to me.



I can't take for granted, that anyone,

Has done all… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 25, 2009 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

Bulwark High Visibility - Flame Resitant Rain Gear: The Best of Both Worlds

Limited visibility and potential exposure to electrical arc or flash fires are threats that some workers have to deal with every day on the job. Bulwark has combined both High Visibility and Flame Resistant factors in this rain gear set that will keep workers visible and prevent melting, dripping, or burning of fabric.







The Bulwark JXN2 High-Vis/FR jacket and BXN2 High-Vis/FR Bibs not… Continue

Added by G&L Clothing on May 21, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Electrical fire: a major cause of home fires

The NFPA warns the public: be aware of the fire risks of electricity in the home NFPA urges awareness to reduce risk



The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is kicking off National Electrical Safety Month (May) by reminding the public to be aware of the risks associated with the use of electricity, and providing safety tips to assist individuals in taking steps to reduce the risk of experiencing a home electrical fire.



In recent years, an average of 53,000 home… Continue

Added by Kyne Rollers on May 21, 2009 at 6:06am — No Comments

101 Critical Days, Safety First and Safety Always

The first holiday weekend of the summer launches 101 critical days of recreation, travel and fun. More fun-filled plans are made from Memorial Day through Labor Day than any other time of the year. Extra fun can also increase the chances of accidents and injuries. The increased possibility of an injury challenges the most safety conscious people. It should also be remembered that severe summer weather and all that comes with it creates a grave environment if people aren’t prepared and aware.… Continue

Added by Ken Oswald on May 20, 2009 at 11:05am — No Comments

Abandoned Iron Mines Inspire Photo Exhibit

Abandoned mines are a safety concern significant enough for MSHA to have awarded $3.9 million to mining states in December 2003, 16 months after the Quecreek incident in Pennsylvania, so they could create electronic, georeferenced maps of their mines and archive original mine maps. Quecreek was an inundationg caused when miners at the mine of that name accidentally broke into an adjacent, abandoned mine and were trapped by an inundation for three days before being rescued. (Another… Continue

Added by Jerry Laws on May 19, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

College

From: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com

I will be attending a week long intensive class on Safety Management from a Human Relations standpoint.

As such, I won't be posting to the blog every day, but will post updates on Twitter as I can. http://twitter.com/SafetyPhoenix

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 18, 2009 at 7:14am — No Comments

OSHA Combustible Dust Prerule Agenda

Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University and contributor of the public health blog, "The Pump Handle," has provided readers an excellent overview of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis's Regulatory Plan in her recent post with a discussion of the inner workings of the current Unified Agenda of… Continue

Added by John Astad on May 15, 2009 at 3:51pm — No Comments

National Return to Work Week - Part 5

Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com

A few things I took away from Thursday's virtual conferences:

Doctors: Employers should carefully chose the physician to initially send injured employees. A physician must understand the employer willingness to provide light light duty. Have the physician visit the facility. Also visit the physician's office to determine the accessibility… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 15, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Safety Criteria for employees to get a safety award

Hey Folks, I'm looking for some basic safety performance criteria that I can give my managers and foremen to judge their employees. I'm giving out THINK SAFETY coolers to my Public Works managers and asking them to pass on the cooler to the employee that he thinks deserves to use it for the week. As I've been thinking more about my incentives/coolers, I realize that a checklists of some type to rate the employees on how well they do their jobs from a safe behavior standpoint would help the… Continue

Added by Dave Tortorich on May 14, 2009 at 7:57pm — 4 Comments

National Return to Work Week Part 4 – The Injured Worker

Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com



Yesterday's series of webcasts dealt with return to work from the injured worker's perspective. When a worker becomes injured they may be pulled in multiple directions:



  • The employer wants them back at work as soon as possible, and may have a different idea of asap than the injured worker's…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 14, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Economy and Tradeshow Attendance

The economy has a few companies and individuals rethinking their tradeshow spend, approach, attendance, etc. Here's your chance to share with other OSC members how you're adapting to this kind of economic situation. Feel free to leave comments below to let others know what you’re thinking!…



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Added by Safety Community on May 13, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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