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Safe-in-Sound Award Nomination Deadline July 13th

photo credit pixabay/Counselling   The deadline for applications for the Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award is this Friday, July 13th. Each year the award is given to companies in two categories, Excellence & Innovation. The Excellence Award is given to...

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Falls Still the Most Deadly Hazard for Construction Workers

In 2016, falls were responsible for 384 of 991 total deaths in the construction industry.  Fall hazards are the most fatal of the “Fatal Four” hazards which include struck by an object, electrocutions, and caught-in-between. OSHA states that “eliminating the fatal four would save 631...

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Safety Talk: Protective Systems for Trench Safety

photo credit putevodnik There are several different types of protective systems that are used to prevent cave-ins. Soil type must be determined before deciding the best method of protective system to use. If a trench is 5 or more feet deep it must be stabilized by shoring, sloping, o...

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OSHA Safety for Massachusetts Public Sector Employees

photo credit kleinesonne OSHA Safety for Public Sector Employees - Updated Law G.L. c. 149, § 6 ½ Effective February 1, 2019 public sector employers in Massachusetts will be covered under OSHA. To comply with the new Department of Labor Standards regulations, members of your staff...

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Safety Talk: Site Conditions and Trench Safety

Site conditions are a very important factor in the safety of an excavation. The Competent Person is required to perform inspections daily or as conditions change to identify hazards. SOIL TYPE A Competent Person must complete a soil test before work begins to determine the stability of...

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Safety Talk: Basic Requirements of Trench Safety

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF TRENCH SAFETY WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE HAZARD WHILE WORKING ON A TRENCHING OR EXCAVATION OPERATION? The number one hazard while working on a trenching or excavation site is injury or fatality from trench collapse. HERE ARE SEVEN BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO REMEMBER BEFOR...

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OSHA Safe & Sound Week: Free Safety Leadership Classes

by Meg Whynot-Young Join us as we participate in this nationwide event to raise awareness for worker safety. OSHA's Safe and Sound week is August 13-19. We are hosting two leadership classes on August 13th, Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) and Planning for Business Continuity: H...

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Safety Managers on the Job: Railroad Construction

Railroad infrastructure projects, such as the Green Line Extension Project (GLX) for the MBTA require special training for their onsite safety managers. Track Safety As with any industry, railroad workers have certain specific safety requirements that help eliminate hazards that can ar...

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Beryllium Standard Update for General Industry

By Meg Whynot-Young & Karen Sanborn This article was last updated on May 16, 2018 On May 7, 2018 OSHA issued a Direct Final Rule (DFR) to clarify the final rule that was issued on January 9, 2017 for exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. Highlights of the Beryllium Ru...

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Safety Training Funding: Grant Resources in New England, New York & New Jersey

by Meg Whynot-Young If you could get safety training funded through a grant, your boss would think you were a hero! Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and every state in New England has a workforce educational grant for which you can apply to get funding for the training of ...

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