One of the most prevalent causes of fire and explosion losses within the United States is open flames and sparks. Open flames and sparks, often referred to as “hot work,” includes a number of operations such as applying roofing materials, brazing, welding, cutting, grinding, soldering, and in many Northern areas, thawing of frozen pipes. All […]


Truck loading and unloading is a daily activity in many businesses. It is also a regular source of injuries to the driver, workers and visitors. There have been numerous losses caused by improper loading and unloading practices. Employers have a responsibility to ensure they maintain a safe working environment. Forklift operators are also responsible for […]

A Guide to Conducting PPE Hazard Assessments

Keeping workers safe is an essential part of running a business. And one way to achieve workplace safety is choosing—and ensuring workers wear—personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the tasks each worker performs. But how do you decide which tasks require PPE and what type of PPE is needed for each worker? From his experiences […]

PPE: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

PPE: One Size Doesn’t Fit All Personal protective equipment (PPE) can be an effective way to prevent injuries to your employees, but only if it’s the right PPE for the job and the right PPE for the worker. Not sure if you’re getting the PPE strategy right at your organization? Here are three problems to […]

Proper Lifting Techniques to Protect Your Back

Introduction Preventing back injuries can be a major challenge for some employers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overexertion was the nation’s leading event or exposure leading to an injury or illness in the workplace, accounting for 34% of all workplace injuries or illnesses in 2013. BLS also showed that the back was […]

Join the National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction May 7-11, 2018

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. What […]

Managing Risk in PPE

When it comes to PPE, construction workers should be covered head to toe. Injuries and illnesses continue to plague the construction industry each year.  With one in five worker deaths in the United States last year attributed to the industry, the right personal protective equipment (PPE) is a line of defense that is required and crucial to protect […]

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in Construction

I know we are going back to the basics but our teams need to be reminded of the little things that could save a big thing. A plethora of options are available when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE). Here’s how America’s Safest Companies choose which PPE to purchase. Hats, gloves, fall arrest systems, […]