Avoid The Fatal Four


Avoid the Fatal Four construction dangers. They kill more workers on job sites than any other. Listen and hear how to avoid them. Over 58% of construction fatalities in 2013 resulted from Caught-in/Between accidents; Electrocutions; Struck-By Object accidents; and Falls. In this podcast, Dan Clark details the statistics from OSHA. Dan also gives tips on what both employers and workers can do to avoid the Fatal Four. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan …

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Workplace Holiday Fires


Workplace holiday fires can happen in an instant. Be careful with electricity, heat sources and flammables with workplace decorations inside and outside. Electrical hazards abound, especially with those funky, ten-year-old light strings in the company storage room. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of other tips to avoid shock and fire. Heat sources at work are a big risk for decorations. Dan lists potential hot zones, and how to keep decor away. And, of course, …

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Big Changes In NFPA 70E For 2015


The NFPA 70E changes for 2015 are substantial. Business owners and safety managers—not just electricians—need to be aware. Hear from the NFPA’s Bill Burke in this podcast. Bill explains the philosophical shift since the 2012 Standard For Electrical Safety In The Workplace. The 2015 edition of NFPA 70E is in effect now. We talk about new PPE tables, elimination of HRC (0), and the Prohibited Approach Boundary. Bill also encourages company owners and safety personnel …

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Lockout-Tagout Shortcuts That Kill


Lockout-tagout (LOTO) is not just for major equipment repairs. Do it for maintenance, cleaning, and even retrieving stuck items, or it could be fatal. In this podcast we discuss the importance of not taking shortcuts. Workers and managers should always “do it right” and use lockout-tagout signs and labels. Implementing this element of 5S and visuality will keep workers safe. OSHA requires their use. But LOTO also a good idea. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and …

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Available Fault Current Labels


Available fault current is the maximum current in a short circuit. Electrical service panels must be labeled with the current, and the date it was calculated. If it changes, the label needs to be replaced with the new calculation and date. In this podcast we review the change in the NFPA 70 National Electrical Code 2011. The code requires continually updated available fault current labels. If your service equipment labels were placed before 2011, they …

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Machine Safety At Work


Machine safety at work requires constant attention. In our industrial age, there are many moving parts and sharp edges. Listen for tips on machine safety. In this podcast, we review nine rules to keep workers safe around machines. Important issues covered include lockout/tagout, loose clothing; flame resistant clothing, PPE, and more. In the battle of human vs. machine, machines usually win—unless you are careful. Employ good machine safety. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) …

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Workplace Hazards — 10 Hotspots


Workplace hazards are sometimes hidden in plain sight. Workers and managers need to be aware of 10 dangerous hotspots in facilities. Fall protection is needed on ledges, stairs and places people may slip and fall. Air quality is often ignored because it’s mostly unseen. PPE can help. Temporary electrical installations, such as extension cords, can be a shock danger, but also a trip hazard. Vehicles can cause struck-by accidents, so training and defined pedestrian areas …

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Mine Safety


Mining companies and miners must always be involved with mine safety. The past few generations of miners have had many safety improvements, but more are needed. Companies and miners should prevent cave-ins with proper ground control, including pillar design, roof supports and horizontal stress supports. Confined space fire and explosions can be minimized by keeping flammables isolated and labeled. Fire suppression systems and well-labeled evacuation routes are critical. Electrical mine safety can prevent fires and …

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