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Safety Spotlight: Power-Tool Safety Tips

Famous last words: “It’s only 110—it can’t really hurt you.” “Let me just stretch a little and drill this one hole.” “I emptied this nail gun…” “Let me pull this sawblade guard back just to finish this one cut.” Portable power tools are one of the greatest time- and energy-savers around. Since they’re so readily available and useful, we tend …

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Safety Spotlight: Motion Injuries

Taking the time to think about everyday tasks and their effects on our bodies is a good way to prevent injuries. The following scenarios will demonstrate how inadequate planning leads to pain and disability, affecting on- and off-the-job activities. At the breakfast table, you rush to clean everything up before going to work. You stretch awkwardly across the table to …

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Safety Spotlight: Pull Over Before Using That Cell Phone!

It’s common knowledge that the number-one cause of work-related fatalities are vehicle accidents. Most companies have at least one truck, if not a whole fleet of vehicles―and their drivers face hazards of the roadway day after day. Sometimes a trip ends tragically. Now, technology threatens to increase the accident potential for drivers—cell phones! All of your techs have them, and …

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Good Hygiene Can Keep You Healthy

Most of us learned the basics of good personal hygiene from our mothers when we were children. She started us on good hygiene with the simple rule of washing our hands before we ate. As we have grown older, some of us may have drifted away from our mothers’ wise advice. In today’s chemical-laden workplaces, being even more conscientious about …

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Safety Spotlight: Footwear for the Occupational Athlete!

Wearing the Right Shoes for the Right Job! Having the right footwear for the job is critical to your safety and prevention of injuries. Think of yourself as an athlete who needs specialty footwear for your sport. Your tennis shoes may be comfortable, make you run faster, and jump higher—but they may not be appropriate for your work environment. Would …

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WANT A DRUG USER ON YOUR WORK TEAM? THINK AGAIN!

Your company schedules pre-employment and random drug tests for its employees. Good! Some people don’t like the procedure very much. So what’s the best possible attitude to have about this matter? Employees can joke about it―that’s okay. Employees can grumble about it―that’s natural. But you can never change the company policy and stop the testing. Here is what that would …

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Safety Spotlight: Battery-Changing Hazards!

Explosive hydrogen….Acidic liquids and vapors….Electrical burns….Strains, sprains, hernias, and compressed discs. All of these hazards arise when servicing, charging, or jumping the common lead-acid battery found in cars and trucks. The hazards can be minimized by following a few common-sense safety rules. Eye Protection: First, always wear safety goggles or a face shield when working around a battery. Batteries contain …

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Safety Spotlight: Spiders, Bugs & Hidden Hazards-Oh My!

It’s not uncommon for you to run across spiders and any number of bugs while you’re working in a basement, in an attic, or under a crawl space or deck. While you may not think of these creepy crawlies as hazards, they most definitely are… You’re working in areas of the home that spiders also like to call home. So, …

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Come to Phoenix 2 Days Before Expo Begins & Attend FOUNDATIONAL LEADERSHIP!

Oct. 10 and 11, Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ (2 Days Prior to Expo) What is it like to be part of an exceptional team? It is being on a team where there is value-driven leadership. Exceptional leaders know that it is their people that produce results. Great teams have great leaders that are viewed as Mentors. Exceptional teamwork is …

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Safety Spotlight: Short Cuts

Everyone takes a shortcut at one time or another. Kids jump the fence instead of using the gate. Pedestrians cross streets between intersections. In many cases, a shortcut involves danger. BREAK THE HABIT If you have the habit of taking dangerous shortcuts, break it. In our work it can be deadly. An iron worker who tried to cross an opening by …