During my September presentation on the safe use of landscaping equipment for the Massachusetts Professional Landscapers Association, we discussed the need for hearing protection due to the noise generated by some of the equipment used like leaf blowers, jackhammers, chainsaws, etc. At the end of the presentation, several attendees posed questions pertaining to the level… Read more
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As safety professionals we all know that new employees, or those performing new tasks, are the most likely to suffer injury. I can remember one incident where an operator ran one machine for nearly 40 years. Eventually he took a different job in the plant and about a month later, the operator of his old… Read more
As a runner, the fall presents its challenges. First, the colder temperatures make staying in bed a desirable option. But, accountability is why I have a running buddy. And, once running buddy and I are out for our run, the low lighting can be a dangerous issue. We take precautions to be visible, such as… Read more
Imagine you are doing an emergency trench cut to fix a broken water line in the middle of the winter and you destroy an electrical line. This in turn cuts off the heat to a city block or two. Image the cost of all those frozen pipes if you can’t get the electricity back online.
Did you notice that winter is over? Finally! We have escaped winter’s hold and we are headed into long days and great weather. Summer is a great time for working outside but there are some dangers that arise when working in the summer heat. Heat stress is a dangerous occurrence that can arise whenever you… Read more