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Manual Labor and Automation Coexist

Few enterprises are true one-person operations. We almost always depend on the cooperation of co-workers to achieve production goals and get the job done, no matter what it is. But while most of our compatriots on the production floor are flesh and blood, not all of them are. Some of the most important “co-workers” we have in an industrial or commercial environment are the machines and equipment that automate many of the processes that are part of our everyday routines. Although people may worry about the impact automation will have on the labor market, the truth is that human beings and automated systems can co-exist in harmony.

In fact, bringing human labor and automation together in the workplace benefits everyone for a number of reasons. Because automation is suited to many of the most tedious tasks, employees are free to turn their attention and creativity to solving more complicated problems. Automated systems also handle many extremely dangerous jobs, creating a safer facility for all involved. With fewer accidents, morale increases and turnover decreases. Introducing advanced technology also provides opportunities …
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Sawmill Safety Checklist

Sawmill Safety Checklist from Lumbermens


Ladder Falls Can Kill: Part 2

As previously discussed in Ladder Falls Can Kill: Part 1 proper ladder safety can prevent ladder falls and even death.  Part 2 of this series will identify inspection, maintenance and proper storage of ladders, workers rights, and OSHA assistance/services/programs.

Check, Maintain and Store Ladders Properly

Before using a ladder, check it carefully to ensure there are no visible defects and that it is in good working condition. Check the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Maintain and store the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Do not use faulty ladders such as these.

Do not use a ladder if it is bent, missing a step, or if the spread bars do not have a locking device or mechanism.

Workers Rights

According to OSHA workers have the right to:

  • Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
  • Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • File a complaint asking …
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Ladder Falls Can Kill: Part 1

Proper ladder safety can prevent ladder falls and even death.  Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and every year falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those deaths. These deaths are preventable. Falls from ladders can be prevented and lives can be saved by following the safe work practices.

When Should You Use a Ladder?

When you want to reach a higher work area, think about the best equipment to use.  While a ladder or stepladder is commonly used, it may not always be the best option. Ask yourself these questions before deciding on a ladder:

  • Will I have to hold heavy items while on the ladder?
  • Is the elevated area high enough that it would require a long ladder that can be unstable?
  • Will I be working from this height for a long time?
  • Do I have to stand on the ladder sideways in order to do this work?

If your answer is yes to one of the above questions, consider using something other than a ladder. If possible, bring in other equipment …
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Fall Protection Considerations

Here are a list of fall protection considerations to keep in mind for maximum fall protection safety and compliance in the workplace.

Warnings – Always read all instructions and warnings contained on the product and packaging before using any fall protection equipment. Inspection – All fall protection equipment must be inspected prior to each use.

Training – All workers should be trained by a Competent Person in the proper use of fall protection products. Regulations – Understand all Federal, State, Local and Provincial regulations pertaining to fall protection before selecting and using the equipment.

Rescue Planning – Minimizing the time between a fall occurrence and medical attention of the worker is vitally important. A thorough rescue program should be established prior to using fall protection equipment.

Product/System Preferences – If there are any doubts about which fall protection products to use, contact your product distributor or manufacturer directly.

System Components – Only components that are fully compatible with one another should be used. Fall arrest systems are designed and tested as complete systems and should be used in this way. What to Do After a Fall – After …
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Traumatic Brain Injury

When a worker falls from height they are at risk for a traumatic brain injury or TBI.  This is caused by an impact to the head.  It interrupts the brain’s normal processes.  When this occurs the results can have severe side effects or even death.  Even a mild traumatic brain injury can change the mental capacity of the victim it can last for an extended period of time or even cause permanent damage.

In 2013 there were over 2.8 million emergency room visits, deaths and hospital stays as a result of traumatic brain injuries.  Within the 5 years before that there were 50,000 deaths associated with TBI’s as well.

Slips, trips and falls can occur at any business but the risks are increased for employees working at heights.  It is the employer’s obligation to keep their workers safe from falls by eliminating them or ensuring proper safety procedures and equipment are in place.

To learn more about preventing falls in the workplace contact Fall Protection Systems at 888-596-5367.


Winter Weather Safety

Hazards/Precautions

These winter weather safety tips have been put together by OSHA.

In addition to cold stress, there are other winter weather related hazards that workers may be exposed to when performing tasks such as driving in the snow, removing snow from rooftops, and working near downed or damaged power lines.

  • Winter Driving
  • Work Zone Traffic Safety
  • Stranded in a Vehicle
  • Shoveling Snow
  • Using Powered Equipment like Snow Blowers
  • Clearing Snow from Roofs and Working at Heights
  • Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice
  • Repairing Downed or Damaged Power Lines
  • Working Near Downed or Damaged Power Lines
  • Removing Downed Trees

Winter Driving

Although employers cannot control roadway conditions, they can promote safe driving behavior by ensuring workers: recognize the hazards of winter weather driving, for example, driving on snow/ice covered roads; are properly trained for driving in winter weather conditions; and are licensed (as applicable) for the vehicles they operate. For information about driving safely during the winter, visit OSHA’s Safe Winter Driving page.

Employers should set and enforce driver safety policies. Employers should also implement an effective maintenance program for …
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How Automation Increases Workplace Productivity And Safety

Since the dawn of time, mankind has sought ways to make our work easier. From the moment a hunter first used a sharp rock to cut meat from a fresh kill, we’ve focused on using technology to save ourselves time and effort. Although today’s automated manufacturing processes are a long way from stone tools, the principle behind them remains the same. Machinery and computers continue to take more off our shoulders and increase our capacity to achieve. In production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers around the world, automation plays an increasingly important role.

Productivity and safety guide from Basin Material Handling.

However, there are those who remain skeptical about the place such technology should have in our industries. They fear that robots could pose a hazard to human workers or completely replace them. It’s true that robotic equipment has decreased our dependence on manual labor to a certain extent. Yet any fears about this technology should be outweighed by the tremendous benefits it provides. The modern industrial workplace is more productive, more profitable and safer for humans, thanks …
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No-Cost OSHA Consultation

Did you know that there is a no-cost OSHA consultation available with confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses?  The OSHA consultation is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice for compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing and improving safety and health programs.

Process & Benefits

This no-cost safety and health consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. Primarily targeted for smaller businesses, employers can find out about potential hazards at their workplace, improve programs that are already in place, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.

The consultation is confidential and will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff. No citations or penalties will be issued and your only obligation is to correct serious job safety and health hazards–a commitment which …
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Loading Dock Safety Tips

Forklift accidents cost businesses more than $135 million each year according to OSHA.  Here are some loading dock safety tips for employers and workers to keep in mind while operating forklifts and working in loading zones.

Infographic created by Verduyn Tarps

To learn more about worker safety and fall protection please contact us at 888-596-5367.