Stand down focuses on keeping workers safe in trenches

By Michael Marr, BWC Safety Technical Resources Consultant In February, a 34-year-old worker died when a trench he was working in collapsed in Licking County. Just last month, a trench collapse killed two workers in Starkville, Mississippi. Unfortunately, these tragic incidents are reminders of the potential dangers of trenching and excavation work. However, most trenching … Continue reading Stand down focuses on keeping workers safe in trenches

Did you know? BWC offers free OSHA courses

Make safety training a priority this year with free Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) courses offered by BWC! As partners in workplace safety and health, we want you and your employees to have a safe 2020. Specifically, we want to help you prevent workplace injuries by giving your employees up-to-date training. We have quite … Continue reading Did you know? BWC offers free OSHA courses

High-hazard employers find success with BWC consulting program

By Ben Smigielski, BWC Occupational Safety & Hygiene Fellow It’s amazing how 10 words – We’re strictly consultative. We cannot issue citations or propose penalties – can ease the minds of employers when they hear them from a BWC OSHA on-site consultant. When most employers hear the word “OSHA,” they instantly think of the federal … Continue reading High-hazard employers find success with BWC consulting program

‘Walking down grain’ is a deadly operation (Don’t do it)

Two workplace deaths in July heighten awareness for grain bin safety By Bruce Loughner CSP, BWC Technical Safety Advisor This is my second blog post on deadly grain bin accidents this year, and I hope it’s the last. But as a safety professional for the state of Ohio, I feel obligated to spread the word … Continue reading ‘Walking down grain’ is a deadly operation (Don’t do it)

Feeling the heat? Stay safe with preventive measures

By Isayah Hickson, BWC Occupational Safety & Hygiene Fellow A glance at the thermometer tells the story: we’re officially in the dog days of summer. This means we’re in the hottest part of the season and at greater risk of heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. So, what’s the difference between the … Continue reading Feeling the heat? Stay safe with preventive measures

It’s no accident: BWC safety staffer earns industry award

By Tony Gottschlich, Public Information Officer When industrial hygienist Phillip Rauscher talks about his job with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), he sounds like a third-grader on the morning of a school field trip to the zoo. “Every day is a field trip for me,” said the smiling five-year veteran of BWC’s Division … Continue reading It’s no accident: BWC safety staffer earns industry award

Learn fall protection and prevention! Attend a BWC stand-down event

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer In 2017, there were 971 construction fatalities nationwide; 366 of them resulted from falls from elevation. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) again lists fall protection in construction as its most frequently cited standard. To raise awareness and reduce injuries and fatalities, OSHA promotes its annual … Continue reading Learn fall protection and prevention! Attend a BWC stand-down event

Learn, plan, and act to prevent grain bin tragedies

By Bruce Loughner CSP, BWC Technical Safety Advisor I recall hearing about a grain bin accident that occurred years ago, but it has stuck with me ever since. Three young boys entered a grain bin with the task of breaking up the corn inside to keep it flowing. In the end, only one boy came … Continue reading Learn, plan, and act to prevent grain bin tragedies

Workplace fatalities are so last century

By Bernard Silkowski, CSP, Director of Loss Prevention Operations In the course of 20 days that ended on Jan. 14, six employees died on the job in central Ohio. The news reports indicate that four suffered crushing injuries at three separate manufacturing sites and a loading dock, one fell off a ladder while replacing light … Continue reading Workplace fatalities are so last century