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Is your company proactive or reactive with your construction safety program?

  • When it's time to project next year’s costs and revenues, are you including safety as a budget line item? Quite simply, is your view on safety spending proactive or reactive? Many contractors always seem to find the money if the General Contractor has a last minute requirement after the job starts or an accident happens that forces you to take additional safety precautions and buy equipment. I have been doing safety long enough to know that the companies who operate…
    Heat Stress

    Heat Stress 101: Are you doing everything you can to protect your workers?

  • It's that time of year again where we need to be concerned about our workers surviving the heat through the long dog days of summer. Business owners who have workers that suffer from heat stress in early summer always say to me, “but it's not that hot yet!”. They are exactly right, but we fail to remember that we always see an increased number of heat related incidents in early summer rather than the constant heat of August. The answer…
    ISNetworld

    Understanding the ISNetworld Training Requirement

  • Many contractor supplier companies that subscribe to ISNetworld are confused about what Training RAVS are and when they have to send them in. Let’s see if we can debunk the mystery about this and make it easier to navigate this requirement. An Overview of ISNetworld RAVS Every company that subscribes to ISNetworld has to initially submit RAVS (Review and Verification Services) that show safety programs that your workers may be involved in while they are performing work at a Client…
    OSHA recordable injuries

    A Complete Guide to OSHA Recordable Injuries

  • To record or not to record? OSHA recordable injuries is an area where I get a lot of phone calls from nervous clients seeking advice on this. There is always a lot of confusion from company owners that wonder when an injury needs to be recorded on their OSHA 300 log. Let’s see if we can simplify this for you so OSHA recordable injuries are a little more straight-forward in the future. This information is also presented on OSHA’s website…
    Competent Person

    What is a Competent Person as defined by OSHA?

  • The term Competent Person keeps coming up in construction safety and I have noticed there is a bit of a mystery as to what it means and how it’s defined by OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration). In this post, you’ll learn exactly what the term Competent Person means, as well as the requirements and responsibilities. What does the term Competent Person mean? OSHA defines a Competent Person as the following: Person capable of identifying hazards Has the authority to…

    5 Basic Accident Prevention Tips

  • Workplace accidents are costly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites some eye-opening statistics, including the fact that falls account for nearly half of all workplace fatalities in construction, while OSHA points out that the average cost of these accidents — even when they’re not fatal — is about $106,000 per incident. Faced with unacceptable human and financial costs, the obvious solution is to create a safer workplace. That, and the accident prevention behind it, need not be intimidating or unnecessarily…

    5 Ways to Help Get Your Employees to Buy Into Safety

  • As Robert Burns once reminded us, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” There’s a lesson to be learned here; no matter how airtight your safety plan seems to be, things can still go wrong. And when they do, it’s usually out of neglect, not malice. Getting your employees on board with workplace safety is the key, and Safety International has some tips drawn from our extensive experience to help you do just that. Make it…

    The Role of Surveillance Cameras in Workplace Safety and Accident Investigations

  • When you consider a video surveillance system, your initial thoughts are likely of loss prevention and identifying potential intruders. However, video surveillance can take on an additional role of monitoring your business for safety concerns - for the sake of accident and injury prevention, as well as accident investigation. (more…)

    The Basics of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, protects more than just your employees. It also safeguards your bottom line, your insurance premiums, and your OSHA compliance. Beyond the safety training and consulting offered by Safety International, you should also know about the types of PPE available, your obligations as an employer, and your employees’ responsibility for their own safety. Common Types and Uses of PPE There are several types of PPE, falling under two broad categories: general industry, and construction,…

    3 Important Steps to Safer Scaffolding

  • Sometimes a stepladder is sufficient for working off the ground, but if a project finds you working at a greater height over a wider area, scaffolding is a more effective solution. You should also be aware that working with scaffolding brings with it a new set of issues to be addressed, including accident prevention, added OSHA compliance, and even safety training. Use this brief guide — and safety consulting — from Safety International to keep your workers safer at any…

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