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Manufacturer Fined for Health and Safety Violations

Manufacturer exposes employees to dangerous respiratory, chemical and other safety hazards. US Chutes Corp. faces $94,248 in fines for repeated and serious violations.

U.S. Chutes Corp. exposed employees to chemical, mechanical, electrical and respiratory hazards during the manufacturing process at its Bantam plant, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found. A manufacturer of galvanized chutes for laundry and trash conveyors, the company faces $94,248 in fines.

Topics: Violations and Penalties

The Advantages of Visual Aids for Safety Training

The challenge of delivering safety presentations to employees is keeping their attention while providing the information they need to retain. Employees are often sleepy, distracted by other employees, checking email on their smart phone, texting, or they believe they already know everything about the presentation. Since safety is not known for being a sexy subject, visual aids can help increase the level of interest for the learner.

The Benefits of Visual Aids

Topics: Safety Resources

EMPLOYER-REPORTED WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES – 2013

With 2014 behind us and 2015 ahead, this is a good time to review your company's safety key performance indicators in order to implement program improvements. For the year 2013 (most recent publication at time of blog publication), private industry employers reported just over 3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the workplace. This resulted in an incidence rate of 3.3 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, as reported in the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Monitoring and continual improvement of safety training and safety program goals are an ongoing process to ensure employee injury and illness incidence rates improve year after year. A good benchmark for safety goals is the Survey of Occupation Injuries and Illness.

Topics: Safety Resources