Mitigating risks through assessment

One way companies may figure out whether they’re doing their best to mitigate risks and provide quality worker safety is with a process that EHS Today calls looking for the “true north.” This means looking at two different sets of statistics: leading indicators and lagging indicators. Leading indicators present facts about what a company now is doing to prevent risk, while lagging indicators show how well a company has succeeded in its plans, and whether the plans are good ones. Continue reading

OSHA’s guide to boosting safety in a construction zone

The National Safety Council (NSC) has joined forces with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help facilitate safer and healthier climates at work, according to Occupational Health and Safety.

“Eleven Americans die at work each day, which is tragic and unacceptable,” said Jim Johnson, vice president of workplace safety initiatives at NSC. “Establishing safer workplaces and preventing deaths and injuries is a complex issue that requires a cadre Continue reading

Best practices for heavy machinery at construction sites

Construction is a dangerous job, and heavy machinery can lead to serious injuries if best practices aren’t followed. EHS Today recently released a set of tips for those who seek to smoothly integrate machines into their construction businesses. Remember that 150,000 people are injured on the job every year in construction, and 824 people were killed in building accidents in 2013. To close out this year safe and sound, it is more important than ever to follow safe practices and ensure workers know what to do in case of emergency.

People working near heavy machines
One of the biggest dangers on a construction site is the machinery used to dig or carry heavy objects. These are only to be used by licensed professionals, and even with that Continue reading