January 23, 2020

New Volunteer Accident Policy Now Available

Effective on January 1, members will receive this benefit free of charge for the first year to provide care for their volunteers.

June 3, 2015

Don’t Get Burned by Unsafe Grilling This Summer

There’s nothing more synonymous with summertime than backyard barbecues. While you gather with coworkers, friends, and family for outdoor cookouts this year, just remember that outdoor grilling poses some serious risks.

April 13, 2015

Emergency Response Procedures: Responding to Natural Gas Leaks

Natural gas is a relatively inexpensive and clean way of providing hot water and heat. If it leaks, however, it can present a tremendous danger to anyone in your facility and surrounding areas. A natural gas explosion can level a building, severely damage or spread fire to surrounding structures, and cause serious injuries and deaths.

April 13, 2015

Seven Steps for Better Communication Among Safety Professionals

On a jobsite, it’s pretty easy to tell where one craft begins and another ends. Each craft’s job has its boundaries, and one craftsperson isn’t likely to venture into another’s area of expertise. But what happens when the safety manager for the mechanical contractor notices that an electrician isn’t grounding a circuit correctly?

October 1, 2014

Dangerous Distractions

The most terrifying thing on the road isn’t a zombie or a monster. It’s a driver with a cell phone. Distracted driving is a greater hazard today than it ever has been. Does your district have a policy in place to address the dangers of driving while distracted?

December 13, 2012

Seven Steps of a Thorough Accident Investigation

Contributed by Safety Management Group There’s a tremendous difference between investigating a workplace incident and finding someone to blame for it. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for companies to confuse the two concepts. When something goes wrong, they work hard to identify they believe to be at fault, and that’s where the investigation stops.

September 3, 2011

Eye Safety: What You Need to Know

When we think about debilitating injuries from industrial accidents, we tend to focus on damage to extremities or lost limbs. But everyday, nearly a thousand American workers suffer some form of eye injury.

January 7, 2009

Five Electrical Hazards to Remember

Electricity is so commonplace in our lives and on our work sites that it’s easy to forget how potentially dangerous it is. I worked as electrician before I became a safety professional, so it’s not surprising that I pay particular attention to matters regarding electricity. What does surprise me, however, is how often very basic safety rules for working around electricity are ignored.

April 11, 2006

The ‘Going and Coming’ Rule

For employees who have a fixed place of employment, injuries that may occur in their normal driving to and from work are generally held not to be compensable because such travel is not considered an activity that arises from employment. This is often referred to as the “going and coming rule.”

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