Archive For February, 2014

Healthcare Reform: Workplace Wellness Program Incentives

By | February 28, 2014

Many companies operate wellness programs to keep their employees productive and their insurance costs down. Some wellness programs include incentives or rewards to promote healthy lifestyle choices and discourage behaviors that are detrimental to employees’ good health. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established new guidelines to regulate and encourage the use of workplace wellness programs. […]

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Agriculture Playing it Safe: The Best Footwear for Your Job

By | February 28, 2014

With all the equipment you may use to do your job, ensuring that your body is protected is extremely important in agriculture. This applies to every part of your body, especially your feet. Since you are often exposed to conditions that could potentially be hazardous to your feet, wearing safety footwear is essential in protecting […]

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Agriculture Safety Matters: What to do in the Event of a Chemical Spill, Leak, or Explosion

By | February 28, 2014

You may come into contact or be exposed to hazardous chemicals throughout your work day, putting you at serious risk for injuries due to explosions. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires worksites where hazardous chemicals are used to have an emergency action plan (EAP).  takes this requirement seriously, as employee […]

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Agriculture Playing it Safe: The Dos and Don’ts of Grain Augers

By | February 28, 2014

Though grain augers have made farming tasks much easier than manual grain handling, they are one of the main causes of injury and death in agribusiness. According to a study by North Dakota State University, grain augers cause more injuries and fatalities than any other piece of equipment in relation to the amount of time […]

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Agriculture Safety Matters: Personal Protective Equipment Matters

By | February 28, 2014

You know that agricultural work is particularly dangerous, but did you know that employees in agriculture have a risk of fatality that is more than double that of the average worker?   Engineering controls are the first line of defense against occupational injury and fatalities. However, these methods do not always offer the maximum protection […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Hand-held Cell Phones are Dangerous . . . and Illegal

By | February 28, 2014

Effective Jan. 3, 2012, the Department of Transportation prohibits commercial motor vehicle operators with interstate authority from using hand-held mobile phones.   This restriction is designed to curb distractions for commercial truck and bus drivers: Driver distractions represented 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009.   Banned Devices and Practices The use of hand-held […]

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Trucking Playing it Safe: Keep it Cool, Reefer Drivers!

By | February 28, 2014

Reefer trucks are essential for delivering temperature-sensitive products safely, and refrigerated products no longer include only food. Properly maintaining a reefer unit is the key to delivering an undamaged product, whether it is perishable food, sensitive electronic equipment or medical supplies.   Carrying refrigerated cargo can be especially dangerous because if the trailer’s temperature gets […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Your Mirrors, a Crucial Driving Tool

By | February 28, 2014

Trucks often have only the use of side-view mirrors, which makes them a crucial driving tool. The special towing mirrors that are larger and extend farther away from the cab than car mirrors require proper adjustment to ensure a full spectrum of vision and prevent blind spots as much as possible. Knowing how to set […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Load Securing Safety for Flatbed Drivers

By | February 28, 2014

All drivers should be properly trained to handle each kind of vehicle they drive; however, flatbed truck drivers have special safety concerns because of the open nature of the vehicle. Because flatbed trucks tend to carry larger, more irregularly shaped commodities and because there is little protection keeping the load stable, you should be placing […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Concrete Truck Safety

By | February 28, 2014

Delivering concrete comes with a variety of additional safety concerns not faced by the average delivery driver. From filling to unloading, there are a number of operational concerns you need to keep in mind in order to ensure continued safety.   Cement Dust Exposure to cement dust can cause irritation to your eyes, skin and […]

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