Safety News & Views

April 2007 - Posts

The changing (Hispanic) face of dying workers

On the eve of Workers Memorial Day, let's take a moment to recognize the steadily rising number of Hispanics dying on the job in the US. OSHA has recruited retired soccer star Giovanni Savarese and WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio (shown here) to help raise Read More...
Posted on April 27,2007

Oh-oh... your rubber is broken!

Now don't panic, we just mean your tires may not be road-worthy! It's National Tire Safety Week and when it comes to taking care of the rubber that meets the road, '80s rock stars Queen and Elvis Costello got it right with "Under Pressure" and "Pump it Read More...
Posted on April 26,2007

Virginia Tech is the latest example of rage rampage at a "safe" place

Rage in schools (this week's Virginia Tech Institute is just the latest example), at work, on the road, in the air, in homes… we joke about folks needing "anger management" but really, it's killing us. How do we stop the shooters - such as Cho Seung-Hui Read More...
Posted on April 23,2007

Micro-management could save your life

It's Small Business Week in the U.S. and who's watching out for safety?? You may not always like having your boss work beside you in a small business setting... but what if micromanaging could end up saving your life?! A recent U.S. study found that Read More...
Posted on April 20,2007

Best in Show: Stronger! Safer! Wireless!

Of all the products at the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) show this week, there were a few that captured the attention of WorkSafely.com's roving reporter Rick Faulkner as he weaved his way through the trade show floor. The world's Read More...
Posted on April 19,2007

When in Germany, don't say "final solution"

I just had an unnerving experience at the booth of Akron, Ohio at Hannover Fair here in Germany. Ohio representative Stephen Kidder described the concept of automated machinery replacing virtually all personnel in modern factories as "the final solution" Read More...
Posted on April 19,2007

I fought the mock law (and the mock law won)

You employ a forklift driver at your scrap steel plant. You create a path to show where the forklift can and cannot go. Your employee takes a shortcut and is hurt in an accident. Are you liable? This interesting scenario played out this morning in front Read More...
Posted on April 18,2007

Husky does Hanover - and so do more Canadian, American companies

Husky Injection Molding Systems isn't so lonely as a North American presence at Hannover Fair anymore, says Christopher Choi, the director of technology for the giant plastics manufacturer. More and more U.S. and Canadian companies are attending and Read More...
Posted on April 18,2007

Safey same-old... except for Wii extinguishers??

The virtual fire extinguisher was interesting (potential Nintendo Wii game?), the microwavable footwear insoles seemed a bit strange, and wireless industrial controls bring up visions of a scary future. ("Mr. Baker, your safety system is on line 10.") Read More...
Posted on April 18,2007

The Pursuit of Safetyness

Chris Gardner, the subject of the new movie, The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith, is just as compelling in person as he is on the screen. Gardner was working with noted cardiac surgeon Dr. Robert Ellis (no relation to WorkSafely.com blogger Rob Read More...
Posted on April 18,2007

Forty proof and future-proof

Drinking too much and innovative technologies are a two-headed beast known as the international trade show - and Hannover Fair 2007, happening this week in northern Germany, is no exception! Carousing socially and creating products have something else in Read More...
Posted on April 17,2007

Jetlag and other hazards of Euro safety coverage

Day One, Hannover Fair (the world's biggest industrial show running April 16 through 20, 2007): Lost:1 videographer (in Budapest)1 attaché case (in a taxi)7 hours of sleep (at 30,000 ft.). Found:1 videographer (on his fourth plane)SummerSanity (after Read More...
Posted on April 17,2007

Kids doing work unsafe for adults

Renowned anti-child labor activist Craig Kielburger kicked off the Industrial Accident and Prevention Association's annual conference April  in Toronto, Canada. The IAPA is no child; the national organization turns 90 this year. At 24, Kielburger has Read More...
Posted on April 16,2007

The Office Safety Nerf vs. Warehouse Macho Man

Last night's episode of The Office - all about safety training - pitted the "soft and squishy" office manager Michael (and his reluctant followers) against the brawny warehouse workers led by Darryl, on crutches after Michael pulled the ladder out from Read More...
Posted on April 13,2007

Showcasing safety at world's biggest industrial show

Hannover Fair is putting safety on show for the first time in its 61-year history, starting April 16 in Germany. Having a safe workplace "has considerable potential for saving money," say Hannover Fair organizers, and they're putting their money where Read More...
Posted on April 13,2007

"Lean" on safety? That's a good thing with BBS (no BS!)

If investing in workplace safety is smart, then spending less on it and achieving better results must be genius! At least that's what lean behavior-based safety (BBS) promises. BBS - lean or otherwise - translates as: Change employee behavior, reduce Read More...
Posted on April 12,2007
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