Category Archives: Personal Protective Equipment

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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Bypassing safety doesn’t save time or money

I just read  a recent OSHA news release about two employees who were killed and another who was severely burned at a US Steel plant in Alabama.  The article said “Management knew that attempting to operate the valve while the … 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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Job Hazard Analysis: Make them work for you

We are back to writing our blog after a summer hiatus (well, and finishing up a couple of big projects). We often have companies ask about Job Hazard Analyses (JHA).  First, what it is: whether you call it a JHA … Continue reading

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Lockout Tagout–it really matters

OSHA requires that equipment be guarded or locked out to prevent injuries.  Lockout is used to isolate energy sources so that equipment cannot and does not start up.  A recent article in OSHA’s bi-weekly newsletter reinforces why this is so … 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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Winter Slipping and Sliding

Winter showed up with a vengeance in Minnesota.  A little bit of snow, slightly warmer temperatures and then freezing cold all make for a dangerous mix.  Whether you are driving or walking, be aware of the potential for unseen icy … 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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