Safety Management Insights

The Importance of Safety Software to the Construction Industry

Posted by Don Brown on May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Construction has always been a dangerous business. According to OSHA, one of every five worker deaths in 2014 was in construction, and the majority were caused by falls, electrocutions and falling objects. What’s more, OSHA has reported that one in 10 construction workers are injured every year, and that over the course of a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chance of dying on the job.

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What’s New in BasicSafe’s Web-Based Safety Software

Posted by Don Brown on May 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

BasicSafe’s product offerings have evolved considerably since we created our first suite of web-based safety software in 2006. We began with a client who needed a one-stop shop for their safety needs—a more efficient, lower-cost alternative to purchasing multiple programs and hiring custom developers. From the plant floor to the back office, we set out to develop a system that would make every employee safer, healthier and more efficient on the job.

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Common Workplace Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Injuries are inevitable. As much as we might strive toward that coveted zero-incident goal, at some point, someone will get hurt on the job. Fortunately, there’s plenty of data available on the most prevalent work-related injuries, as well as plenty of steps you can take to prevent them. To keep your company compliant, review the following sources of injury, and make sure your policies include steps for prevention.

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What CEOs Should Know About Safety Compliance

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Compliance initiatives must be company-wide efforts. From the CEO to the most junior employee, every stakeholder at your company needs to be on board if they want to keep your company safe. However, CEOs often get sidetracked, and their day-to-day tasks make it all too easy to put safety on the back burner.

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Safety Software and Business Privacy Issues

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Privacy has been a major issue recently. Between government surveillance, data breaches and information leaks, stakeholders in every industry are wondering how well their information is protected —if at all. High-profile data breaches and government intrusions are even bringing privacy and security to the forefront of consumers’ minds.

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The Costs of Not Enforcing Safety Policies and Procedures

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The details, costs and levels of severity may vary by company and industry, but every business will have its own safety policies and procedures. While every enterprise needs to strictly enforce its policies, however, many do not. These companies eventually find themselves in hot water with government agencies, at the centers of lawsuits for serious injuries, illnesses and unnecessary deaths.

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How to Respond to and Fix an OSHA Violation

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Most companies know that workplace safety is important, and they do their best to follow regulations. Still, mistakes happen and even cautious companies will sometimes commit OSHA violations. A citation is a dreaded event, to be sure, but what about the aftermath? How should you proceed once your violation is on the books?

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7 Tips for Managing Safety for a Small Business

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Small businesses may not have as many employees to care for, but they face the same safety challenges as large corporations. In fact, their safety issues are often harder to handle because of their lower budgets and smaller staffs. They still have to meet almost all of OSHA’s requirements for larger companies, and their workers still need adequate safety training, protective equipment and ongoing support. If you’re managing safety for a small business—or if you’re the business owner yourself—use these seven tips to keep your workers safe.

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6 Strategies to Help You Meet Your Zero-Incident Goal

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Zero incidents—it’s the ultimate goal for any organization, but making it a reality is a complex process that takes work, commitment and long-term planning. It also requires effort not only on the part of the safety manager, but from your company as a whole. From new policies to training to cultural changes, it involves a lot more than the elimination of risks. Here are six strategies that will help you meet your zero-incident goal sooner rather than later.

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Protecting Your Workers From Cold Weather Dangers

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Winter weather is in full swing, and with it comes the hazards of the cold. From frostbite to hypothermia, a variety of cold weather factors can result in injuries and even death on the job — not to mention OSHA citations and workers’ comp claims. Is your company’s safety program capable of addressing the cold weather? Have you put strategies in place to handle ice, extreme temperatures and other risk factors? Here are a few tips you might need for protecting your workers from cold weather dangers.

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