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6 Steps to Establish an Effective Stop Work Authority Program

What is Stop Work Authority (SWA)? Stop Work Authority (SWA) is a program designed to provide employees and contract workers with the responsibility and obligation to stop work when a perceived unsafe condition or behavior may result in an unwanted event. A key element of a Stop Work Authority Program is a detailed set of written procedures. They will help ensure that every SWA event works consistently and as intended.
Topics: Stop Work Authority Safety Training

10 Ways that Safety Training Can Improve Your Company's Bottom Line

The foundation of a secure work environment is an effective safety training program. While the potential impact that safety training program can have on employee wellness is undeniable, many people fail to recognize the benefits that safety training can have on the profitability of a business. Below are the top 10 ways that safety training can positively impact your company’s bottom line. 
Topics: Safety Training

Guidelines to Help Prevent Workplace Slips, Trips and Falls

Before we can address the prevention of slips, trips, and falls (STFs), we need to first understand common causes. Slips, trips and falls may occur when there is a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or inadvertent contact with a fixed or movable object.
Topics: Safety Training Slips, Trips and Falls


Whistleblower investigation pending after termination of 2 workers at St. Louis steel plant.   ST. LOUIS — Two years after a worker died by electrocution at a steel plant owned by St. Louis Cold Drawn, inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the company continues to expose its workforce, predominantly consisting of Asian immigrants with limited English speaking skills, to amputation, electrical and other hazards daily.
Topics: Whistle Blower Protection Safety Training Foreign Languages

Industry Statistics for Slips, Trips and Falls

It’s probably happened to most of us, or at least to someone we know. That moment when your attention lapses for just a second and you’re thinking about a personal problem or distracted by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall. It may be a stumble down a stairway, a trip over an electrical cord, or a slip on a spilled liquid. It can end in a variety of regrettable events ranging from a simple bruised elbow to a major life changing injury.
Topics: Safety Training Slips, Trips and Falls