By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer On Nov. 4, 2017, Mison Woo received the life-changing news. That was the day her husband, Gerardo “Jerry” Juarez, died on the job. The 39-year-old father of five was working as a roofer at a work site in Akron alongside a few colleagues when he slipped on the … Continue reading Safety council brightens Christmas for deceased worker’s family
By Cari Gray, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist Every day at many work locations, powered industrial trucks (aka forklifts) are sadly being neglected and unloved. Sounds extreme, but it’s true. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard states, “Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service ... Such examination shall be made … Continue reading Have you inspected your forklift lately?
By Ben Hissam, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Having worked in restaurants as a chef or chef manager for more than 10 years, I have seen first-hand the hazards of the industry. I remember the long hours, usually working six nights a week. It is a demanding job that you have to really love, getting satisfaction … Continue reading Restaurant safety: It’s not just about food safety
By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Kids will soon be going back to school and writing essays about the things they did this summer. It’s a fun way for them to recap some of the highlights of those long summer days before jumping into the grind of the new school year. We thought we’d do … Continue reading Our “safety things we did this summer” report
By David Meronk, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist Firefighting techniques and equipment used to fight fires have evolved over the years, along with the equipment that protects firefighters from harm. The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) plays a big role in protecting the health of firefighters. Knowing is understanding and fire departments are slowly beginning to … Continue reading SCBA fit testing – Ensuring firefighters’ safety equipment is actually safe
By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager Heat is one of the leading weather-related causes of death and injury in the U.S. It’s also one of the most preventable. Summer isn’t officially here yet, but now’s as good a time as any to remind folks they can still enjoy the summertime weather without putting … Continue reading Eight hot safety tips for summer
By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Eight-hundred forty-nine: That’s the number of workers in the U.S. who didn’t make it home in 2016 because they died from a fall at work. That’s the most ever recorded in the U.S. in one year. Stats like this are why there is a National Safety Stand-Down to … Continue reading Doing our part to prevent falls
By Mike Marr, BWC Technical Resource Consultant Do you know what the leading cause of worker fatalities is in construction? Each year, between 150 and 200 workers die, and more than 100,000 are injured, as a result of falls at construction sites. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists fall protection in construction … Continue reading Don’t fall down on the job! Get ready for the 2018 stand-down
By Keith Bullock, Safety Consultant, BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene, OSHA On-site Consultation Program As a workplace safety professional, I see firsthand why establishing a safety program may seem daunting to many small businesses. These employers tell me that tight budgets and time constraints are just a few concerns they face. However, there are … Continue reading Effective safety programs increase profitability by reducing employee injuries
By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Quick question: Do you know the most frequently cited violation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Don’t peek at the link. The answer is lack of proper fall protection. Injuries from falls have plagued workplaces of all types for centuries, and they remain the leading cause … Continue reading Have you planned your Stand-Down to Prevent Falls event yet?