Safety News & Views

May 2007 - Posts

Remember Froggers? Play Factory Frenzy ... and meet "An Sen Man"!

OK, maybe American kiddies aren't snatching An Sen Man action figures off the shelves of Wal-Mart. But I'm fond of this superhero with the robotic mega-jaw, a steel hull of a chest and trailing a long, scarlett cape as he whirls into action much like the Read More...
Posted on May 25,2007

Don't multi-think and drive

For many folks the workplace is a two-ton vehicle, and multi-tasking/thinking behind the wheel is a lot tougher than at a brick-and-mortar office. Being distracted by a cell phone ring while updating your spreadsheet report is not quite as dangerous as Read More...
Posted on May 24,2007

Make me, show me, watch me!

There are three types of employers when it comes to safety practices, according to an interesting Irishman I met last week. Tom Beegan, who was CEO of the Republic of Ireland's Health And Safety Authority until he moved recently to Canada to become the Read More...
Posted on May 22,2007

Run, robot, run ... Even with a human nearby!

Doesn't sound too safe, does it? But really, what business person wants an expensive robot to squeal to a halt whenever a human approaches? That's been a thorn in the side for industrialists for many years - and now they've found a way around it! Thanks Read More...
Posted on May 15,2007

None for the road - let's stop drinking in the workplace

Beer and baseball have gone together since the days of Babe Ruth. But that tradition has come into question with the recent death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. He was killed April 29 when his vehicle plowed into a tow truck. Hancock's Read More...
Posted on May 11,2007

A safety superstar is better than a daily Advil

It's Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day - do you know who's taking care of you on the job?? You better hope it's someone like Paul Wedyck, director of loss prevention for Schneider National Inc. The first thing Paul did when he got hired by Read More...
Posted on May 9,2007

Confessions of a hypocritical safety freak mom

"I went for my first inline skate this year!" I told my daughter this a.m.. "Did you wear a helmet?!" she immediately responded. We hear a lot about overprotective parents these days, so this exchange might sound odd, maybe even unlikely. But we don't Read More...
Posted on May 6,2007

Fly me to the moon - but safely, please!

Would you consider a career where you have a one in 50 chance of being killed? Not likely! But those are the odds that astronauts in NASA's space shuttle program face every time they blast off into space. Notoriously dangerous work such as mining - with Read More...
Posted on May 4,2007

School bus runners are the scum of the road

This morning on my commute to work, I watched no less than six cars drive right past a stopped school bus - despite the obvious sight of students climbing aboard, red bus lights a-flashing, stop sign sticking out from the side of the bus!! These Read More...
Posted on May 4,2007

Tears of a clown (with no insurer around)

In America, Land of the Uninsured, you probably have to live without health coverage if you drive a tiny car and wear big shoes, saddle up ponies, jump through sugar-glass windows or play a sport (semi) professionally... that's right, abort those Read More...
Posted on May 2,2007

Safe enough for disabled workers means safer for all

Consider yourself lucky to be an employer (or coworker) with a disabled worker on site; it might end up boosting the health and safety of all! The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work makes this compelling point: a workplace that is accessible Read More...
Posted on May 1,2007
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