Safety: The Universal Language? Literacy and Language Challenges in the Workplace

By Mark A. Lies II and Adam R. Young The American “melting pot” becomes increasingly diversified and employers look to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Throughout the decade, the job market has tightened, and employers face inevitable issues related to language and comprehension in the workplace. Employers can no longer assume that qualified workers speak or write in English. Employers who hire non-English speaking...

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Employer Achilles’ Heel—Supervisor  Failure to Enforce OSHA Compliance
Jun01

Employer Achilles’ Heel—Supervisor Failure to Enforce OSHA Compliance

One of the oldest stories known to man involves that of Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior who was a leader at the Fall of Troy. According to the Iliad, his mother was a goddess who wanted him to be immortal. She immersed him in the River Styx, which had magical powers, to create immortality, but unfortunately did not immerse his heel by which she held him. Achilles’ heel was his fatal weakness and he was killed in the battle of...

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How to Reduce the Risk of an OSHA Repeat Citation
Dec29

How to Reduce the Risk of an OSHA Repeat Citation

INTRODUCTIONThe Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Act) is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), who has the duty to inspect workplaces and to issue citations if it determines that an employer is in violation of the Act. Most employers who are cited are frequently tempted to settle a citation quickly at the informal conference for a reduced penalty, rather than contest the citation. Foregoing...

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Gruesome Experiment Shows The Deadly Reality Of Falling Objects On Job Sites
Apr13

Gruesome Experiment Shows The Deadly Reality Of Falling Objects On Job Sites

Gruesome Experiment Shows The Deadly Reality Of Falling Objects On Job Sites You’ve heard it time and time again – to wear safety gear – and hopefully you’re already implementing the best safety practices on job sites including wearing hardhats. For a friendly and somewhat gruesome reminder, the people at Black & Veatch conducted a little experiment using watermelons to show just how brutal receiving a blow to the head...

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SAFETY: Get More from Toolbox Talks
Mar09

SAFETY: Get More from Toolbox Talks

Too often, toolbox talks are one-page documents that are read by a first line supervisor in monotone, and end with employees signing the roster and leaving thankful it only lasted five minutes. If this situation sounds all-too familiar, the effectiveness of a company’s toolbox talks should be brought into question!

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SAFETY: Cell Phones at the Workplace
Dec06

SAFETY: Cell Phones at the Workplace

Business today is regularly conducted through cell phones, as a necessary tool for employees to communicate and access digital information. Bring Your Own Device programs and employee cell phone use present a range of employment and labor liabilities for employers.

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