Category Archives: Home safety

Life can change in an instance

That title might be cliche, but when it comes to safety, it is true. We have recently had the unfortunate opportunity to investigate several serious injuries. Some injuries could be prevented if the employee took one second or ten seconds … Continue reading

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Wild Parsnip

Summer brings out the best in Minnesota–mosquitoes, wasps, poison ivy and wild parsnip. I did not know about wild parsnip until a few years ago, when Janet told me about it. Fortunately, I have not had a personal encounter with … Continue reading

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No prolonged standing or sitting

NIOSH recently posted in their science blog that prolonged standing is not healthy–it can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and other health problems.  There have been prior studies saying that sitting for long periods is bad for you.  It sounds like … Continue reading

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Walk Like a Penguin

It’s warmed up in Minnesota, but you know snow and ice will be back.  To keep from falling, walk like a penguin:  take small steps, keep your knees relaxed, and turn your feet out a little.  Limit how much you … Continue reading

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Statewide Tornado Drills April 24

April 21-25 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  According to the MN Department of Public Safety: For more than 20 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness  Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. … Continue reading

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Does the shovel matter?

There seems to be a winter theme to our blog posts.  Not surprising, given the time of year. And remember that March is one of the snowier months. Choosing a snow shovel, or a shovel for any purpose, may not appear … Continue reading

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Holiday safety tips, games and gifts

December holds lots of safety hazards, especially around burning candles, dry Christmas trees and houses sealed up for the winter.  NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association offers safety tips, games for children, holiday gift tags and a lot more. For Project … Continue reading

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Ladder Safety: There’s an App for That

NIOSH, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, recently released a mobile device application for straight ladder safety (not step ladders).  The app includes a measuring device to ensure the angle is correct (not too steep or shallow), keys … Continue reading

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Summer Safety Hazards

Summer brings lots of hazards–weather, heat, faster food spoilage, insect bites, poisonous plants, more work zones, and the list goes on. A recent article in the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s Health and Safety Report highlighted some of … Continue reading

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Work Zone Enforcement

For those of you who are dealing with traffic work zones, the following article in a recent OSHA Quicktakes has some useful information: New OSHA directive details procedures for safe inspection of work zones on and near highways OSHA has … Continue reading

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