March 2016 Safety Break Topic

Cell Phone UseLos Angeles – September 2008A commuter train that failed to stop for a red signal resulted in the nation’s deadliest commuter train wreck in the last 40 years. Grieving relatives of the dead and injured learned that this horrendous tragedy was caused by a Metrolink engineer who ran a red light.The fatal mistake put the train on a 40mph, head-on-collision...

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February Safety Break Topic

Safe Lifting TechniquesCan you think of even one job or occupation where you never have to lift an object? I can’t. Lifting of objects can range from very light objects such as a piece of paper, a pin or a pen to very heavy objects like loads of boxes. Lifting is very much a part of our every day jobs. And, because it is something we do so often, we tend to do it...

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January Safety Break Topic

Winter Slip PreventionAs you race through the door seconds before the shift begins, your foot slips in the puddle of slush melting inside the entrance. Flat on your back, you wonder how this happened. A small patch of ice on the stairs, a puddle on the floor, or snow on the sidewalk can put you down.Use extra caution to keep on your feet this winter.Don’t hurry when...

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December Safety Break Topic

Safety At HomeIt’s quite natural to think of your home as the safest place you can be. After all, that is where you escape the cares of the world and the pressures of work. However, many serious accidents happen at home. Painful injuries, permanent disability and even death can be the result of home accidents. Falls and fires are particular dangers at...

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November 2015 Safety Break Topic

PPE

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October Safety Break Topic

Portable Fire ExtinguishersFire extinguishers are considered first aid appliances. Operators must be trained in their classification and use. When a fire is first detected, THINK SAFETY FIRST!Sound the alarm.Immediately contact the local Fire Department by dialing 911 if possible.Provide any and all information requested. Classification of types of fires and types of...

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September Safety Break Topic

Occupational Noise Exposure

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August Safety Break

Fighting FatigueFatigue is the condition of being physically or mentally tired or exhausted.  Extreme fatigue can lead to uncontrolled and involuntary shutdown of the brain.Fortunately, there are ways to fight fatigue:Get eight hours of sleep before starting work.Sleep at the same time each day. If you rotate shifts, establish clockwise rotations if you can (from day to...

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July Safety Break

4th of July Fireworks Safety Independence Day is Saturday, the Fourth of July. One of our traditions is to watch fireworks displays or shoot them off ourselves. In 2006, 9,200 fireworks related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The trend in fireworks related injuries has been mostly up since 1996, with spikes in 2000 and 2001, primarily due to...

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June Safety Break Topic

Grill SafetyAs we approach the summer grilling season, let’s take a look at grill safety. Many of us will be lighting up the grill this summer having a cookout for friends and/or family.Whether your barbecue uses charcoal, wood, propane or natural gas, don’t even think about firing it up until you are sure it’s safe.Make certain that vents are clean and...

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May Safety Break Topic

Electrical ShockAn electric shock is the tingling sensation or muscular contraction that a person experiences when an electrical current passes through the body. An electric shock can severely burn or kill if the muscle contraction is severe enough to stop the heart.  This muscle contraction will in many cases cause the victim to remain firmly gripped to the source of...

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April 2015 Safety Break Topic

Pushing SafelyOn occasion or perhaps even every day, we’re called on to push something. Typically it’s safer to push than it is to pull a load, however doing either can be dangerous to your body. Many soft tissue injuries occur because we push or pull unsafely.Today let’s look at some techniques to use when you have to push on something. How we push a...

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