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CEOs Who “GET” Safety: National Safety Council Annual Recap

Every year, The National Safety Council publishes a cover story on CEOs who “get” safety.

The CEOs profiled in this article understand that building a safety culture in their organization starts with them – the choices they make, where they focus their efforts, and the expectations they set for others.  This top-down approach is highly effective for creating a safer work environment for employees. The “CEOs Who Get It” also put safety before profits – although, that isn’t to say, increased safety won’t improve a company’s bottom-line – because it often does!

During a recent NSC Congress and Expo, attendees were surveyed to identify significant safety challenges. By a wide margin, the survey participants said the biggest challenge faced in promoting a safety culture was leadership commitment and engaging employees (62 percent). Reducing risk (18 percent), safety management systems (11 percent), and measuring performance (9 percent) were chosen as the main challenge in promoting a safety culture significantly less.

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Download Your Fall Protection Guide

fall-protection-guideFall protection education has been a core company value here since our founding in 1994.  Most of our clients appreciate the need for fall protection, but they don’t always understand the different approaches to fall protection or why we recommend one system style over another.

For example, many folks automatically equate fall arrest with cable-style horizontal lifelines, but limited fall clearance applications are better suited for rigid beam rail systems because they minimize deflection.   It’s one thing to hear a fall safety specialist make these types of statements, but quite another to visualize the differences between the two approaches.

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New OSHA Regs and Ladder Cages

The new OSHA General Industry fall protection regulations that went into effect in 2017 are prompting a slew of questions  on fixed ladders.  If you are wondering when a fixed ladder requires fall protection, which forms of ladder fall protection are OSHA compliant, or if ladder cages still comply with OSHA’s revised ruling, we have just the post for you…..

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OSHA General Industry Regulations for Permit Required Confined Space

With a name like Diversified Fall Protection, you might think all of our systems are designed to protect employees working at heights.   Although MOST of our systems are designed to do just that, we also offer descent and rescue solutions for confined space applications.  This post offers up some pointers on how to keep your employees safe and OSHA compliant when working in confined space. 

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An Introduction to OSHA’s Local Emphasis Programs

The U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to protect American workers from dangers in the workplace. To address issues that affect workers on a more local or regional level, OSHA started Local Emphasis Programs, or LEPs. These programs typically focus on a major industry within a region where injuries are prevalent.  The enforcement strategies for these programs are designed and implemented at the regional and/or area OSHA office levels, so a program undertaken in your region for your industry will likely result in closer scrutiny and a more prevalent period of safety inspections.

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OSHA Increases Fines for 2018

Creating a safe work environment by having your workers trained on and use proper fall prevention and fall protection equipment on rooftops and at heights throughout your company is a basic obligation. If you are not following the regulations however, and OSHA pays a planned or unexpected visit – this can be a costly mistake.

On January 2, 2018, OSHA increased its fines by 2% in keeping with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015. That piece of legislation raised fine levels by 78% in 2016 and allows OSHA to increase their fines to match inflation by January 15th of each year.

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Did You Know?

Any fall protection anchor must be able to support 5,000 pounds unless designed by a qualified person?