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Why safety fails:When good safety systems go bad

November 14, 2012
For many organizations the great recession has forever changed the way organizations gauge the success of its safety efforts


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How to reinvent an ineffective safety committee

November 7, 2012
Everyone knows that any organization that cares one whit about safety has to have a safety committee.


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How do we stop construction falls?

November 7, 2012

One construction worker a day dies on a worksite from a fall. One a day. That’s what the national data consistently tells us, since one-third of all deaths on construction sites are from falls. Every year more than 10,000 construction workers in the private construction industry experience serious, even life-changing, injuries from a fall.


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OSHA’s standards department should be shut down

November 7, 2012

The people who write huge swath OSHA standards are from the same philosophy (big government solves all ) that wrote: 2700 pages of healthcare law, begatting multiple thousands of a pages of regulations; 2300 pages of financial law, with more thousands of pages of regulations, etc. etc.  Enough!!


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OSHA is hurt by EPA blowback

November 7, 2012

OSHA might be the only federal regulatory agency that has attempted to keep its activity within the rules mandated by Congress. The US EPA is quite different in that aspect.


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What the “Fiscal Cliff” means to you (and OSHA, NIOSH and MSHA)

October 31, 2012

There has been a lot of talk recently about the upcoming “fiscal cliff.” Just what is this “cliff” and how does it impact occupational safety and health? First of all, you need to know that no matter who you are or what you do; the fiscal cliff will impact you and your family. Let’s take a quick look –


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Injuries are like getting shot in the back

And in many cases the cause is fear
October 31, 2012

The scene plays out in Western movies. The villain Jesse James, the most famous member of the James-Younger gang that terrorized the Minnesota area in the later 1800s, is shot in the back, defenseless, by a fellow member of his gang out to collect the bounty on James’ life.


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Why we’ll see no more standards from OSHA

October 31, 2012

For some time now I have contended we are, and have been for probably 10-15 years, in the post-OSHA era. Remember Al Gore’s attempt to “reinvent” OSHA to be more “customer friendly”? Specifically I am referring to OSHA standards-setting.


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Familiarity breeds…life-changing injuries

The story of construction company owner James Gorry
October 31, 2012

When James Gorry fell from a factory roof, he was doing a job he’d done hundreds of times before in exactly the same way he’d always done it.


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Management by walking around

October 22, 2012
Much (perhaps too much) of the safety literature of the last few years has focused on employee driven “behavior-based safety” peer observation programs.


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