Hope You Won’t Have to Use It: Fire Extinguisher Inspections

“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”  Fyodor Dostoevsky OSHA does not require fire extinguishers. Not in most work places. The fire extinguishers that are in most work places are there because of insurance requirements. To use a fire extinguisher requires going [...]

By | 2017-09-21T13:40:34+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Fire and Grain: Prefire Plans for Grain Handling Facilities

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”  – Charles Bukowski A firefighter’s instinct in a fire scenario is to extinguish it, to throw water on it, to do whatever it takes to bring the situation back to a safe state. Sending a firefighter to an industrial fire without knowledge of what is [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:06:04+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Zero Bin Entry

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” – William Gibson I previously wrote about the two grain bin accidents in Nebraska. That blog discussed the deaths, the hazards involved in those deaths, and what should have been happening before grain bin entry that could have kept the two victims in the [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:32:30+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Training – A Recommendation

“It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.”  Sir Brian Appleton Okay, I’m not a mind reader, but I think I already know what some of you may be thinking “A training blog? Come on! I’ve seen this before. Don’t safety people [...]

By | 2017-07-21T20:00:24+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Training, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

The Gorilla in the Room: Motor Vehicle Fatalities

“Anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.”  George Carlin While work-related fatalities are not a significant portion of all motor vehicle deaths, motor vehicle deaths are a significant portion of work-related fatalities. In 2015, there were 38,300 motor vehicle deaths.  Of those, 1,806 were work-related—less [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:33:15+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Six Ways to Die

“Two Nebraska workers have lost their lives in 2016 in the grain handling industry and far too many preventable fatalities and injuries continue to occur.” Jeff Funke, OSHA area director-Greater Omaha Area The Bureau Labor of Statistics attributes workplace injuries and illnesses to one of seven events or exposures. One of the seven, overexertion, is [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:20:17+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Workplace Safety in the Gig Economy: New BLS data on 2015 fatalities

“The more things change, the more they are the same.”  Alphonse Karr Recently released fatal injury data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that self-employed workers are almost five times as likely to die on the job as employees. It Seems Like Nothing Much Has Changed As promised, the BLS released its 2015 [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:21:01+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Workplace Safety|0 Comments