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Employees may not realize the risks they take when we work in places with less then satisfactory safety protocols or perhaps places that disregard OSHA regulations all together. Since january 1st in Illinois alone a staggering 36 workers have lost their lives on the job. That is an average of one life every single week.   Greater Workplace Vigilance needed as OSHA opens 36 Fatality Investigations We no longer live during a time when making a living should have to cost you your life. These injuries, fatalities and illnesses in the workplace are all preventable and can...

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    According to OSHA, the individuals lack of safety training played a huge role in his death at the manufacturing plant where he worked. The worker who was an employee at the Tonawanda Coke Corporation, was dragged into the rotating shaft on a coal elevator as he greased and lubricated the elevator. As he was preparing to grease the elevator his jacket became caught, pulling him into the rotating shaft which ended his life.   As the individual would of learned in safety training, the plant should of been shutdown and locked out...

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This past November, legislation was passed that will adjust civil penalties for federal agencies. One of the agencies effected by these penalties is the  Occupational Health and Safety Administration. OSHA will increase its penalties by 78.2% for standards violations which could effect many businesses in a big way. After 25 years of penalties remaining the same with no adjustments, the time has come for the maximum penalty amount to increase due to inflation.  In addition to the recent adjustment future adjustments will be taking place periodically to account for inflation. Businesses should now expect to see Increases...

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What is a Construction Flagger There are many different types of flagger positions available but a construction flagger is the most sought after because there are so many construction projects going on simultaneously around the world. Flaggers are used in various construction operations to coordinate and control traffic within and around work zones. The main purpose of flagging is to keep the workers and general public safe from possible hazards created by construction vehicles and equipment. Flaggers utilize strong communication skills to coordinate traffic with co-workers and control the flow of traffic around a...

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One of the many responsibilities of an employer is to create a workplace safety training program. Employers that manage to do this successfully can benefit in many different ways. This task may take some time and effort but in the end it will be money well spent.   Benefits of a Workplace Safety Training Program Less Worker injuries and claims Lower insurance premiums Reduce cost of workers compensation Safe workplace environment Prevent Future incidents Stay in compliance with OSHA regulations   Creating an effective Training Program that Meets OSHA requirements.   Determine what safety...

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  Staying in compliance with OSHA’s recordkeeping regulations can be a big hassle but failing to maintain current and correct workplace records could cost you tons of money in Violations. OSHA recordkeeping plays a huge role in your company’s safety compliance and many employers fail to recognize its importance. In recent years OSHA has cracked down on individuals who fail to keep proper records by raising the cost of penalties and handing out citations more frequently. OSHA has also been giving out separate citations for common mistakes instead of grouping them all together, costing employers...

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OSHA Issues final revision to the Recording and reporting rule   OSHA has recently made a change in the Record keeping and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulations that will push employers to focus more on safety. The rule is meant to encourage workers to report injuries and illnesses, where as in the past they may have feared retaliation from employers by releasing this information. In theory, this rule change will persuade employers to work harder on preventing injuries in order to show the public they operate safely. Employers are already required by...

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