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WINTER WEATHER - HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE

12/12/17 8:15 AM
The thing about winter is, despite forecasts, you just never can know when a strong weather system will move across the country. But there are several things I do know for sure... First, I know that if the country gets any significant snow or ice, it means that normally clean walking surfaces will become slippery and, as a result, slips and falls will increase. Guaranteed.
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HERE’S A 4-LETTER WORD TO KEEP IN MIND EVERY DAY

11/21/17 8:42 AM
If you’re a safety professional, that word is OSHA. (Yes, technically, it’s an acronym, but stick with me here.) According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.” In fact, OSHA regulations state their point pretty clearly: “Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers MUST provide their employees with a workplace that does not have serious hazards and follow all re[…]
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SHOULD WORKPLACE SAFETY BE A CHOICE?

11/7/17 8:39 AM
Have you heard the term “Hobson’s Choice? I’ll give you an example: When I was a kid, my mother would often give me a choice regarding outerwear on very cold days, “Either wear your winter coat or don’t go outside,” she would say, effectively offering me a Hobson’s Choice - no choice at all. At the time, my mom wasn’t interested in empowering me or helping me to build my decision-making skills. She simply wanted me to be warm and not get sick. There are many companies that offer this same “no choice” when it comes to safety items – either comply with OSHA workplace safety or go home.
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3 WAYS TO REDUCE WINTER SLIP & FALL ACCIDENTS

10/24/17 8:15 AM
It’s not as difficult as you may think to reduce – and even eliminate – winter slips and falls on ice and snow. In fact, here are three ways to reduce accidents: 1. Eliminate The Act of Walking on Compromised Surfaces Think about all of the slip and fall accidents and slip hazard jobs that happened in your organization last winter while working outdoors and indoors. If you can eliminate walking in those areas, all of those accidents go away, right? And while this is easier said than done, it’s not impossible. Accomplishing this in one or two areas will make a dramatic difference in reducing yo[…]
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What Management Support?

1/24/17 5:18 AM
Recently, I recalled a disturbing conversation I had with a Senior Safety Manager at a large company.  He had expressed his frustration to me that after working so hard to establish a winter ice cleat program, he was still having trouble getting his employees to participate. Despite his ongoing effort to improve the company safety record by preventing slips, trips and falls in ice and snow, it was just not a priority for others in his organization. I told him that, in my experience, the best run safety programs all have one key component in common: unwavering support from management.
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Ice Cleat Supply and Demand Trends

12/20/16 5:09 AM
On my way into the city one day last year, the skies began to grow dark and by the time I pulled into the parking lot, the heavens had opened up and were dumping buckets of water all around me. From inside my car, I could see that some enterprising young fellow had opened up a makeshift umbrella sales stand on the corner. Not wanting to arrive to my appointment soaking wet, I parked my car, made a mad dash to his stand and gladly forked over the $20 for the small black umbrella.
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