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News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

What Should My Workers Know About Forklift Safety?

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 2, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Forklift safety has been a front-and-center topic in the warehousing and construction industries for years, yet injuries and even fatalities are still common. Forklifts or industrial trucks cause about 96,000 injuries each year in the United States alone, according to   OSHA data. Of those, more than a third—about 34,900—are serious injuries, and 85 are fatalities. Earlier this summer, a worker died after being pinned against a wall by an out-of-control forklift in a supermarket—a workplace many would assume would be free from deadly hazards.

Even if your workers are competent and well-trained on safety policies, you need to make sure they understand the specific hazards of forklift operation and what they can do to prevent accidents. 

Here are five forklift safety guidelines every employer should follow.

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Topics: workplace injuries, forklift safety

How Can My Company Have a Safe Summer Shutdown?

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 28, 2014 7:30:00 AM

While summer heat is an opportunity for some companies to ramp up production, many facilities close up shop to allow for vacation time and much-needed maintenance. 

Maintenance and other mid-shutdown tasks often require temporary and contracted workers who may be even more at risk for injuries.

To ensure everyone coming and going stays safe and avoids costly accidents, you'll need to enact some summer-specific safety policies. For those of you closing up shop for the summer, here are a few tips for having the safest shutdown possible.

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Topics: safe summer shutdown, Safety Procedures

4 Tips for Training Temporary Workers About Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 26, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Between vacation time, summer shutdowns and increased workloads, you’re probably relying more on temporary workers than at any other time of year. 

It may not always be ideal, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. 

Even if your regular crews are well-trained and up to speed on your company's safety policies, the new workers may be accustomed to more lax enforcement. You might not have time to train them from the beginning, but you’ll need to make sure they're familiar with your company's policies and the dangers of the specifics jobs they take on.

Here are some tips for effectively and efficiently training temporary workers.

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Topics: safety training,, training temporary workers

14 Quotes to Strengthen Your Safety Culture

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 7, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Looking for some inspiration to create a stronger safety culture? These quotes from famous safety professionals and public figures will provoke some thought.

These are timeless words to live by from safety and leadership experts throughout history. Share them in your emails, or use them to create posters.

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Topics: safety culture

3 Turning Points in the History of Workplace Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 5, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Imagine working on the beam of a bridge only a few feet wide and more than 200 feet high. There is no harness to secure you and nothing to catch you if you fall; one slip means certain death. As you look around at your construction crew, you know statistically, some of you won’t survive to see the project’s completion. 

It sounds barbaric, but this was standard operating procedure just a few generations ago, before the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

In fact, most modern-day workplace safety practices we take for granted now didn’t exist 100 or even 50 years ago.

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Topics: Incident Reporting and Investigation, safety training,, History of Workplace Safety

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