Twenty years ago, 25 workers died in a chicken plant fire in North Carolina. The tragedy caused a large upgrade of the state’s occupational safety agency. How is North Carolina OSHA doing now?
Worker Safety Attitudes
Safety training doesn’t automatically count as employee engagement. It’s more than just attending live training or completing computer-based courses. Employees need to be involved in developing and presenting the training to be truly engaged in it. This is a requirement for the Voluntary Protection Program. Here’s a good example of how a VPP company got […]
Perhaps you’ve overseen workplace safety for a long time. You’ve seen theories on workplace safety come and go – and come back again. Or you could be brand new at this and wondering how to keep up with the latest safety management best practices. Either way, when faced with the concept of “New Safety,” you […]
On March 25, 1911, 146 workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire in New York City. It’s been called an event that fundamentally changed U.S. workplace conditions. But have workplace safety attitudes really changed in 100 years?
“Safety needs to come from the top.” You’ve probably heard that one before. However, a federal agency had to remind a public transit provider of that again in its report on what caused a fatal train crash in Washington, DC.
Peer pressure can be a double-edged sword when it comes to safety: It can help convince workers to do the right thing, or it can push them to take unnecessary risks.
Over the past several years, safety culture has emerged as a pivotal component of any highly productive and innovative organization. Now emerging from a global pandemic, workplace safety is a top priority for every organization’s success. And it is not just about creating sanitization stations and painting lines on the floor for social distancing. It is […]
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve walked by that a thousand times and never noticed it?” It’s because they’re not actually seeing what has been there the whole time. As safety professionals, most of what we do relies on seeing. Our jobs are mostly about going and looking and seeing what’s there […]
We had an incident in which an employee got his hand stuck in a piece of equipment and was seriously injured. As a result, we developed a process on how to use equipment properly. We went through every job safety analysis (JSA) for every piece of equipment. If the foreman didn’t sign off for you, […]
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