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Workplace Safety: Here’s How You Do the Math

10/25/16 10:22 AM
If math frightens you, don’t worry. I’ll try to make this as painless – and as helpful – as possible. As a safety professional concerned about your workplace safety record, you’re planning on buying traction aids for your employees. So, it is fair to consider whether the item you are purchasing is too expensive. While you would generally expect a company to spend whatever it takes to keep everyone as safe as possible, that might not always be the case. As a matter of fact, from a pure numbers standpoint, it might even make sense to let the accidents happen.
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Freedom of Choice – the Key to a Safe Culture

11/24/15 11:05 AM
On particularly cold winter days when I was a kid, my mother would often give me a choice regarding outerwear, “Either wear your winter coat or don’t go outside,” she would say, effectively offering me a Hobson’s Choice - no choice at all. Since I was just a seven-year-old kid, 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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What Does the Farmer’s Almanac Say about the coming Winter?

9/8/15 8:09 AM
Every year around this time the Farmer’s Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac (yes, there are two of them!) release their forecasts for the coming winter.  Will it be colder than normal in the Midwest?  Will there be more insane blizzards in New England? Will the Mid Atlantic see significant and sustained ice coverage?  Farmer’s need to know these things and for literally hundreds of years these publications have been offering their prognostications.
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Don't Wait To The Last Minute To Order Your Ice Cleats

1/26/15 9:25 AM
The other day I was downtown for an important meeting. On my way into the city, 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 parasol.
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Transitional Traction = The Key to Walking Safely

11/10/14 9:32 AM
Every safety manager’s nightmare may include some winter weather. And it’s no wonder – we all know that slips and falls can do serious damage to a perfect safety record. Now, I’m sure you’re well aware that reducing winter slip and fall incidents starts with increasing traction. And increasing traction on snow and ice is easy -- just about any cleated or spiked item that you can find will do the job, right? True. But the difficult task is to increase traction while allowing employees to do their jobs with minimal interference. After all, what good is traction footwear if it won’t allow you do […]
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How Much is Too Much to Spend on an Ice Cleat?

10/14/14 8:37 AM
When purchasing a safety item for your employees, it is fair to consider whether the item you are purchasing is too expensive. While you would generally expect a company to spend whatever it takes to keep everyone as safe as possible, that might not always be the case. As a matter of fact, from a pure numbers standpoint, it might even make sense to let the accidents happen.
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