Posts made in March, 2014

Accident Investigation Process

Accident investigations help determine how and why events occurred. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar, or perhaps more disastrous, accident may be prevented. Accident investigations should be conducted with prevention in mind, and not to place blame. The actual procedures used in a specific investigation will depend on the nature...

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Actions to Prevent Back Injuries

Back injuries represent the largest single contributor to injury cost and insurance claims for most occupational environments. Back-injury prevention programs generally include administrative controls and/or engineering controls. Relying solely on administrative controls, such as training, to reduce costs has not proven successful. And, while engineering controls...

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Accommodating Medically-Imposed Work Restrictions

Unfortunately, even with the best efforts to prevent workplace injuries, employees may still get hurt and then the medical provider may impose a work restriction that temporarily limits their activities. For many employers this appears to be a situation in which they have few to no options; however, there is still an opportunity to control the cost of this...

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Tips for a Successful Safety Incentive Program

Many companies have offered safety incentive programs where the measures used to indicate progress or achievement are accidents. If the company had fewer accidents than estimated (their goal), then employees were rewarded; if not, they were not rewarded. Many safety consultants find problems with this approach in that it establishes an environment where accidents or...

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The Free OSHA Consultation Service

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Consultation Service is a free service that allows employers to find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their occupational safety and health management systems, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. Targeted for smaller businesses, this...

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