Top 10 OSHA Violations: Keys to Ensure Compliance


The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 "to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance." For OSHA to succeed in this mission, companies must be in compliance with its safety standards.

Failing to be in compliance and violating these standards can be very costly to the lives of your employees and the livelihood of your business. This past August, the cost for workplace safety violations increased by 78%, which marks the first time the rate has increased since 1990. The current maximum penalty of $7,000 for serious, other-than-serious and posting requirements increased to $12,471 per violation and repeated violations increased from $70,000 to $124,709 per violation.

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Hazardous Materials: 3 Keys to Ensure Employee Safety


A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. Examples of hazardous materials include chemicals, toxic agents, corrosives, combustible or flammable chemicals.

Hazardous materials can damage the skin, lungs and eyes and in extreme cases cause explosions and fires. It is important to ensure your employees understand the dangers of hazardous materials, know how they should be stored and wear the proper protective equipment when exposed to them.

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DOT Hazards: Keys to Protect Your Workers


We avoid the large tankers rolling down our highways displaying warnings of Hazardous Materials. We see metal drums in warehouses and gated facilities with bold signs alerting us to harmful chemicals. We hear on the news about train derailments and chemical spills that impact the area and sometimes lead to large scale evacuations.

Hazardous chemicals are all around us. And more workers than you might think are exposed to these chemicals every day.

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Truck Loading and Unloading: 5 Keys to Avoid Injury


There are many things to be aware of when loading and unloading a truck and many people don’t know or choose to ignore. From 2005-2010 in Washington State alone, there were 12 fatalities due to improper truck loading/unloading.

Avoid injuries and fatalities by implementing the following safe truck loading and unloading techniques:

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Spring Into Safety and Prepare for Severe Weather


As Spring approaches, the threat of severe weather comes with it.  This is the time of year we hear about tornadoes, powerful thunderstorms and sometimes flooding. As we look ahead to weeks of warmer weather and major changes, it’s important that employees who are exposed to the elements are ready and protected from what could come their way.

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New Employee Safety Training: What You Need To Know


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 40% of workers injured, have been on the job less than one year. Why are new workers more likely to be hurt?

The main reason given is a lack of safety information provided by the employer. In a BLS study of workers injured while operating power saws, nearly one in five said that no safety training on the equipment was provided.

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Improve Workplace Safety: Keys to Motivate Your Leaders


We often talk about the importance and benefits of Building a Culture of Safety in the workplace. When you have achieved this objective, it implies that your employees have taken ownership of their actions and care enough to protect themselves and their coworkers by being safe and following safety guidelines. It also implies that safety is valued, practiced and encouraged at the leadership level, which has an important impact on employees, as well as your bottom line.

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Scaffolding Safety: 12 Steps to Protect Your Employees


Scaffolding accidents are among the most common in the construction industry. Every year American employers pay approximately $90 million dollars in lost work days due to these accidents, not to mention the possibility of permanent injury/death. Improper scaffolding practices are the #3 OSHA violation, with 3,900 citations given in 2016.

Based on OSHA reports, 65 percent of workers in the construction industry, a whopping 2.3 million, operate on scaffolds frequently. Of these workers, 4,500 get injured every year and approximately 60 experience fatalities. The most shocking statistic of all though is this: 72 percent of these accidents occur as a result of deficient platforms and falling, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To avoid these tragedies, OSHA has established a set of guidelines to which companies should strictly adhere:


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As the leading provider of safety services, safety technology and safety products, Arbill is saving lives every day at worksites throughout the United States. An award-winning supplier of all-things safety, for more than 70 years, Arbill's clients have counted on us to make sure their employees go home safely after every shift.

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The Expensive Truth About Eye and Ear Claims


The primary purpose of workers’ compensation benefits is to compensate employees for time missed from work as a result of a work-related injury, and to pay for medical expenses related to occupational injuries or disease.  But nearly all states also provide for “scheduled” benefits for losses of function in certain body parts or certain bodily functions. 

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