Category Archives: Powered 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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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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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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Keep It Clear: Electrical Panels

Look for new requirements for keeping the area around electrical equipment (panels, shut offs, etc) clear.  This is from a recent National Electrical Code update: Keep It Clear:Proposal for 2014 NEC would sharpen requirements for clear work space Jeffrey Sargent … Continue reading

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OSHA cites Wisconsin company after fire

Fontarome Chemical, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company located in St Francis, WI (just outside of Milwaukee), received 17 citations from OSHA after an investigation following a fire at their facility last year.  Most of the citations and accompanying proposed fines of … Continue reading

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New OSHA website provides information on preventing backover incidents

I was surprised to read how many workers die from being backed over.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 70 workers died from backover incidents in 2011. A backover incident occurs when a backing vehicle strikes a worker … Continue reading

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Lockout/Tagout

Lockout/tagout refers to securing tools and equipment when they are being repaired to reduce or eliminate the chance of accidental release of energy.  What that means is that if you are working on equipment that could accidentally start up, or … Continue reading

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Electrical History Quiz

Most of us take electricity for granted.  It is an interesting story about how the electrical grid got built.  GE started making appliances to increase the demand for the real product–electricity. Did you know that the electrical code addressed charging … Continue reading

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Safety tip: Young Workers

Young workers are often hired to assist with summer projects.  They may be at higher risk of injury as they often do not recognize hazards and are provided with less training.  WorkSafe BC published a short brochure designed for younger … Continue reading

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May is National Electric Safety Month

This article was in a recent National Fire Prevention Association newsletter: Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop computer. These activities are second nature for most of us. Electrical appliances and devices make our lives easier. … Continue reading

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