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What Are the Odds: Unusual Workplace Hazards That Remind Us of the Importance of Workplace Safety

October 1, 2015

Workplace hazards

Wild animals, objects falling out of the sky, blenders and oncoming trains. Not the usual suspects when it comes to everyday workplace hazards but they have caught headlines for those unfortunate enough to meet their untimely acquaintance. While these hazards are a little outside of the ordinary, there aren’t any hazards that you can anticipate. All hazards should be expected and prepared for.

Here are a few examples that prove why “expect the unexpected” isn’t just a tired cliché, but rather a poignant warning to be taken seriously.

 Employer of bear mauling victim could face $15K in fines

An Idaho company is facing more than $15,000 in fines after one of its employees was killed in a bear mauling last year while he was conducting research alone and without bear spray or other personal defense tools in a wilderness area known to have grizzly bears.

 Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing worker

A worker fiddling with his tape measure on the 50th floor of a high-rise condo under construction accidentally dropped it and it landed on a man below, killing him.

‘Midnight Rider’ Production Company Cited for Willful, Serious Safety Violation

A worker was killed and several others were injured by a moving train that came barreling through them while they were installing equipment on active railroad tracks for a movie they were working on.

Out of Site, Never Out of Mind: Lone Worker Best Practices

September 9, 2015

Lone Worker Safety

All by myself, don’t want to be all by myself, ANYMOREEEE! What a great song and what a great way to sum up #loneworkerproblems. While working alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing, not having the proper communication systems in place to make sure your lone workers are safe is.

What is a Lone Worker

Workers don’t necessarily have to be working outside of your facility to be considered “lone workers”. A lone worker is anyone who works out of direct contact with others for a period of time whether it be just down the hall in a different part of the same building or out on the road.  Also, just because a worker is doing a task that doesn’t make them a “lone worker” one day doesn’t mean they can’t be one the next and vice versa.

Assessing Lone Worker Situations

Before a worker is scheduled to work alone on a project where they will be out of contact for a period of time, assess the situation and the level of danger associated with it to then determine necessary safety procedures.

Consider the:

  • Length of time the person will be working alone
  • Type of work
  • Location of the work
  • Expertise required to complete the work
  • Available communication

Lone Worker Safety Precautions

Lone workers tasks can vary greatly which will require specific precautions based on task however some general rules of thumb for workers who will be “away from the herd” include:

  • Establishing a check- in process
  • Scheduling high-risk tasks during normal hours when other workers are available to help should an emergency take place
  • Prepare an itinerary detailing where the lone worker will be and when
  • Develop an emergency action plan if a lone worker does not check-in as scheduled

A Year In Preparedness: Tips for Preparedness Through All Seasons of Safety

September 2, 2015


When you think preparedness what do you think of? First thing that pops into my head is hurricane season, evacuations, wild fires; national preparedness month is September which falls in line with that way of thinking, but where does that leave your preparedness plan for the rest of the year?  Preparedness really should be a yearlong, continuous effort; awareness of your local conditions and the steps your facility can take to protect your business assets against any dangers.

Winter, summer, spring and fall, they all bring with them causes for concern.

Fall: Leaves change, compliance stays the same? As summer says farewell, many start preparing for the back half of the year. Pushing to finish out strong and don’t forget inventory, leading to higher stress levels, longer hours and quite possibly more mistakes? Minds are tired, and rushed; a dangerous cocktail when it comes to protecting against real hazards that pop up when corners are cut. It’s almost the holiday season so we rush to get everything done, and work on.

Winter: the biggie. Blizzards, icy condition, and the sheer weight of snow pile up and where to put it all, as temperatures plunge to new found lows. Driving is dangerous and heck even walking is a hassle. Muscles are achy, people are sick and more often than not just in a cold mood. Still we find ways to deal and work on.

Spring: Hibernation to full court press. It’s been a long cold hard winter no doubt, but here comes rain, and a lot of it. When’s the last time you backed up your important files. Leaky roof, slips, trips, and falls, and processes in need of maintenance all in the name of “spring cleaning”. As your facilities prepare for a summer that passes in the blink of an eye, there is so much work to do to get production moving. In the name of driving revenue we prepare and work on.

Summer: Hot, Hot, Hot! We’re talking heat stress, and driving dangers behind the wheel and on the sidewalk. Working in direct sunlight leads to total body exhaustion, not to mention heightened risks for skin cancer, dehydration at the very least. All of this while more people are driving, it is the prime time for road work, and therefore more accidents on the roads, recently hitting dangerous highs not seen since 2007.  It’s summer though and the sun is out, so we suck it up enjoy it while it lasts and work on.

Before you know it you’re back at where you began and it’s time to do it all again. The point being there is no single time in the year when a facility should focus on “preparedness” because it is marked on a calendar.  In every safety meeting make it a point to go over preparedness tactic for your facility and the season of safety that you are in.

How are you keeping your facility prepared all year round?


The Spread of Disease in Your Workplace

October 23, 2014


The Ebola virus is capable of posing severe, life-threatening risk, but it is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the likelihood of an outbreak in the U.S. is very low at this point in time. A person must first have been in close physical contact with an infected patient, their blood or bodily fluids and secondly have active symptoms themselves in order to spread Ebola onto others. Even though Ebola might not pose an immediate threat in your workplace at the moment there are sure fire ways to cut down on the potential for the spread of germs and harmful bacterias throughout your workplace.

Preventative actions:

  • Get vaccinated for flu season.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean
  • Avoid sharing phones, desks, office supplies, computers, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use a coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.
  • Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with coworkers and others who may be ill.
  • Stay in shape. Eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and relaxation.
  • Participate in any training offered by your employer.
  • Stay at home if you begin to develop symptoms.

Last year it was SARS and Swine Flu, this year Ebola and Enterovirus are on our radar; however germs and bacteria are always around and can just as easily cause illness and spread. This year’s current events should act as a reminder of how important it is to foster a clean and healthy workplace at all times throughout your facility not just when it is making headlines.

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A Higher Dimension: Why Use 3D Projection Signs

August 29, 2014

In cases of emergency, even a few seconds can be the difference between “saved” and “impaired”, which is why you need to install signs that immediately inform your workers what to do and where to proceed to when an accident occurs.

3D Projection Signs - AED

NEVER SKIP A HEARTBEAT. A 3D AED sign quickly informs your workers where they can find an automated external defibrillator.

Emedco is launching new 3D first aid signs, which are perfect for that job. Here’s why:



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