September 26, 2016

Powered equipment (including tools and generators) and potentially hazardous atmospheres...

In case you missed it, OSHA's QuickTakes from September 15, 2016 included an enforcement update pertaining to a Midwestern steel manufacturer that was cited in connection with a fatality. The worker death was allegedly caused by a hazardous atmosphere (nitrogen). The nitrogen had originated from nitrogen powered air tools being used indoors. I'm sure m...

August 8, 2016

Or is it? As a safety professional, this is what I’ve been wrestling with over the past week as I sit on my front porch watching my 8 year old son “teach himself” (not entirely true, but...) how to ride a two wheeled bicycle without training wheels in the burned-out grass of our front yard. After only a single week (totaling less than 6 hours), he’s gone from being able to make less than one complete revolution of the pedals (an early metric...

August 1, 2016

There's been a lot of chatter in various online venues concerning OSHA's recent "electronic reporting rule" and anti-retaliation language therein related to post-incident/accident substance testing in the workplace.  The details straight from the horse's mouth are available here (https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/finalrule_faq.html), so I won't bore you with the specifics.  I will, however, offer a few words of caution...

The tenor...

June 14, 2016

My young son has spent the early days of this summer playing his own version of the classic kids game “Red Light / Green Light”. Because I’m an occupational safety attorney (and, therefore, the polar opposite of a “fun dad”), he got me thinking about the topic of leading and lagging safety metrics.

In case the tie-in isn’t obvious to you (and any young children in your life are probably thankful if it isn’t…), the utility of the “yellow” ligh...

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