National Preparedness Month – Are You Ready to Shelter in Place?

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September is National Preparedness Month.  As the American Red Cross (ARC) asks us to prepare family emergency disaster plans, I ask you “what do you know about the Emergency Action Plan at work?”  The ARC motto for family emergency plans … Continue reading

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Water, Rest, and Shade – Precautions for Working during Heat Advisories

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Today in NYC, NOAA National Weather Service posted another heat advisory.  A heat advisory is issued when the combination of temperature and humidity exceeds or is predicted to exceed 105° F for more than two days. Hot weather will affect … Continue reading

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Knock, Knock – What To Do When OSHA Shows Up

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When OSHA shows up at your facility or worksite, it can be a very daunting experience.  But, it should not be a frightening experience.  The question is “what do you do?”  Obviously denying OSHA entrance is not the wisest choice.  … Continue reading

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Risk Management: Fall Protection – What do you do about repeat offenders?

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This week’s blog post continues an ongoing discussion of the risk management issue of fall protection.  This time we look at the issue of repeat offenders to violating fall protection rules and from a risk managment point of view there … Continue reading

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3D Safety Plan – Star of NYCDOB Build Safe/Life Safe Conference

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Monday, April 23, was the start of NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) eighth annual safety week.  And the kick off event was a daylong conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.  The DOB did an excellent job of … Continue reading

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NYC Crane Accidents – A Pattern? Maybe, but not what you think.

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Monday is the start of NYC’s annual Department of Buildings (DOB) Construction Safety Week. This year’s theme is Build Safe / Live Safe.  After last year’s great safety numbers – construction-related accidents and injuries declined for the second consecutive year; … Continue reading

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Risk Management: Fall Protection – You Never Fall Alone

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My next fall protection post was originally going to be an argument to propose a major change to Subpart R of the OSHA Construction Standard as it is currently written. But, on Friday morning March 30th, 2012, a construction worker … Continue reading

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