Monthly Archives: September 2011

Minnesota Workers Compensation Ombudsman

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has launched a Workers Compensation Ombudsman Program to provide support for employees (injured workers) and small businesses/employers. According to the Department of Labor and Industry press release,    The ombudsman assists small businesses … Continue reading

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Lessons out of disasters

I was watching a show on 9/11 that contained actual footage taken inside the Towers that day.  Two brothers were making a documentary about a rookie firefighter growing up and learning his job.  It just happened that the rookie was … Continue reading

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What hearing loss sounds like

Brad Witt of Howard Leight (a Honeywell Initiative) wrote an interesting blog recently about what hearing loss sounds like.  To get an idea, first read this aloud: “Noise induced hearing loss makes understanding speech harder.  You’ll first lose the ability … Continue reading

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Document, document, document

Two of our clients have had OSHA inspections recently–one was a programmed one from enforcement and one was a consultation visit.  Overall both went quite well.  Both inspectors mentioned documentation, repeatedly. Since OSHA is not at your site day after … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Fire Prevention Resources

Fire Prevention Week 2011 is October 9-15.  The National Fire Protection Association has a web page with useful resources. It is a great time to review your emergency plan and evacuation procedures.

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OSHA’s Local Emphasis Programs

OSHA lists their local emphasis programs on their enforcement website.    These are the areas of focus for each region.  Minnesota and Wisconsin are part of Region V.  The emphasis areas for our region are: powered industrial vehicles, building renovation/rehabilitation, primary … Continue reading

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