Posts in Hazard Communication
What are the Chances of That Happening?

The process provides a system that measures risk in two dimensions and presents tools allowing us to prioritize risk which leads to more attention to mitigation of actual hazards. For Wachs utilizing such a system will allow us to focus our time and effort on elimination and/or mitigation the most likely hazards that could result in a loss. Following the process consistently helps to provide a decision based upon structure no matter what the project or task. This essentially is Risk Management

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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Safety and housekeeping are related as closely as hand is to glove. When our housekeeping habits are poor, we can expect a higher incidence of injuries, not to mention quality defects and the decrease in productivity. When including the additional cost of insurance and potential OSHA citations, the expense of poor housekeeping can exceed much more than the time it takes throughout the day to keep a clean and organized work area. 

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Don't Start That

Each of us has a responsibility in fire prevention. Whether you are a Welder, Quality Control, E-Tech, Pipe Fitter, Office Worker, etc. If you fail to do your part in trying to prevent fires, we may not only lose our jobs as a result of the fire, but we also may suffer an injury, or worse. The fall season is beginning and this is the time of year we see an increase in fires both in the industry and at home. 

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Use your Fork Correctly

Forklifts can be one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in the workplace. OSHA estimates an average of 101 fatalities and 94,570 injuries occur annually due to unsafe forklift operation. Like all sustainable solutions to loss, the first step is to take a proactive approach, and at Wachs, we have a three-fold approach, Train, Inspect, and Observe

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Hang On!

Whether you work in manufacturing or construction, you can be at risk from falling objects. Dropped objects have been a noted issue as far back as 1903 when the New York Times published an article on dropping objects from bridge construction. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2015 there were 52,260 OSHA recordable incidents where a worker was struck by a falling object or equipment, which equates to 143 workers a day, 7 days a week.

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