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TOPIC: Workplace-safety

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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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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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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Fourth Issue of Safer Every Day - Here's Your Free Copy!


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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Reduce Workplace Injuries: 5 Steps to Take Today


According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, nonfatal workplace injuries amounted to nearly $62 billion in direct U.S. workers compensations costs (more than a billion dollars per week). When you combine the direct and indirect costs, the average cost of a workplace injury is $100,000. With the potential for additional costs, due to OSHA fines and other legal action.

As you can see, workplace injuries can be very costly. There is the financial impact, as well as the emotional toll that an injury can take on your employees and your organization. It is imperative that you take the proper steps to reduce injuries and ensure your employees go home safely after every shift. 

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Mythbusters: Breaking Down Common Workplace Safety Myths


Whether they are old beliefs passed down from traditional safety views, or based on pure misconception and ignorance, present-day myths abound concerning workplace safety.

If you are laboring under any of these myths, you may be putting your business and your employees at risk.

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A Close Look at Confined Spaces: 4 Steps to Protect Your Employees


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal injuries in confined spaces average out to 92 per year (almost 2 per week). Confined spaces present a unique challenge and can often be more hazardous than regular workspaces. It is important for you to take the necessary steps to provide your employees with the proper equipment, training and programs to ensure they stay safe.

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Get a Handle on Hand Safety: 5 Keys to Prevent Workplace Injuries


When you went online to read this article, chances are you didn’t have to stop and think about how you were going to navigate your keyboard. What about when you buttoned your shirt, ate your breakfast or picked up your car keys this morning? Probably not. A hand injury can make the multitude of tasks that we take for granted a serious, if not impossible, challenge. Maybe for the short term, or perhaps, permanently.

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