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128 Years Strong, E.M. Duggan Thrives on Safety

E.M. Duggan is a fifth-generation, family owned mechanical contracting business in Massachusetts. For 128 years, the company has been long respected for its expertise in plumbing, HVAC, fire protection and service. The company's commitment to industrial futurism and investment in safety have earned it Contractor of the Year among a few other awards recently. Read more »

East Kentucky Power Amplifies Safety

Safety has risen to a whole new level at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. The power company says that boosting its safety program has changed its work culture and productivity for the better. The results of their safety journey are encouraging, which placed EKPC's chief executive officer among 2019's CEOs Who "Get It" by the National Safety Council. Read more »

Ghirardelli's Secret Recipe: Staying Lean

Imagine a chocolate manufacturing world, where production lines are running smoothly. It's a world of pure reality at Ghirardelli's facility in California. All the tools workers need are there when they need them. Operators are engaged and looking out for hazards and risks. With smooth production, there are fewer breakdowns, and therefore less risk for operators to get hurt. These production methods are crucial in keeping the chocolate company at full speed ahead, especially for the holidays. Read more »

Optimize Safety and Efficiency: To-Do List 2019

It's a new year. With it comes new opportunities to improve safety and efficiency in the workplace. Using results from a recent NSC survey, address worker safety issues easily by drawing attention to the top areas of safety concerns. Amplify visual communication and other efficiency tactics through supportive lean tools and equipment. Read more »

OSHA Lines Up: Time to Tackle Safety

OSHA is set to investigate businesses with high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Workplaces should take this time to evaluate their OSHA compliance. Take simple steps to meet the protocols of standards by establishing and improving safety and health programs. Not only does a workplace boost safety and compliance, but it makes way for a more efficient environment. Read more »

Plan Ahead: Enhance Emergency Safety

Accidents will happen, and so can emergencies. As equipment and processes change, it's important to keep emergency plans updated too. Plan ahead to enhance safety in any facility. Keep employees up to date on emergency plans and support continuous employee safety through highly visible emergency signs and labels. Read more »

Trench Violations, Injuries Spark OSHA Program

After noticing an increase in trench work violations, injuries, and deaths, OSHA is ramping up educational efforts. Teaming up with industry professionals, equipment suppliers, and others, the agency will expand outreach to help protect workers nationally. A combination of supportive training and resources are available. Now is the perfect time to brush up on some trenching best practices, which increase safety as well as efficiency on any project. Read more »

BLS Releases 2017 Workplace Fatal Injuries Data

In 2017, a total of 5,147 workers had lost their lives. The number has decreased slightly since the 2016 report, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. However, most deaths occurred from traffic incidents and slips, trips, and falls. Employers and employees can work together to address workplace injury concerns to improve safety for all. Read more »

Electrification in Mining Growth Boosts Safety

New technologies are being explored in all facets of industry, including mining. While mining has its hazards, the industry is safer than ever. MSHA and other agencies are working on advances to mining, including more electrification. This is expected to add to the industry's efficiency and safety benefits. Read more »

Fewer Injuries, More Accidental Deaths in 2017

According to government agencies, workplace injuries may be going down but accidents that are killing workers are increasing. Data show poisonings, falls, and vehicle crashes among the top incidents of preventable deaths. Here are several tips workplaces use to ensure safety in these areas. Read more »

IEEE 1584-2018 Update: 3 Things to Do

IEEE 1584 was created about 16 years ago to provide methods to calculate an arching current, incident energy and arc flash boundaries. Much has changed in respect to the technologies and formulaic principles in those calculations. Researchers have been busy preparing for the release of an update to 1584 for 2018, which has just been released. When facilities update their arc flash assessments, it is also important to update safety communication. Read more »

Regulatory Updates to Watch for in 2019

2019 is closing in. Find out what to do to prepare workers and the facility for upcoming regulatory changes. Get a quick summary of safety regulation updates and additions coming in 2019 from the UN, OSHA, IEEE, and more. Read more »

Creativity, Innovation Drive Toy Manufacturing Success

Santa's helpers are thick in the holiday fray and the toy manufacturing industry is booming. New companies such as Cortex Toys are off to a good start this year and already needing more space for rapid growth. Manufactures of any kind, from toys to candy, can apply strategic lean principles for efficiency and safety during the holiday rush and beyond. Read more »

Store Hazardous Chemicals Safely

When working with and storing hazardous chemicals, steps must be taken to ensure safety. Appropriate protections are important for workers as well as others who might come into contact with these materials. Improper storage or failed labeling of materials can cause a disaster with effects that spiral into surrounding communities. Read more »

Are Arc Flash Injury Rates on the Rise?

No matter what the reason, arc flash injuries are still a problem in industry. Lockout/tagout, one of the best tools for arc flash prevention, held its place at No. 5 on OSHA’s Top 10 violations for a second year. Recently, an arc flash in a power generation facility injured two workers. When working with electricity, keep safety in mind using simple tips for compliance and injury prevention. Read more »

Make the Nice List: Decorate the Workplace Safely

The holidays are approaching quickly and it's time to deck the facility halls. Some of the simplest tasks can cause a minor or serious injury if proper procedures are not followed. From creating massive displays to stringing up a few simple lights, workplaces can take the time to ensure safety. Read more »

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