Author Archives: CAK

Walk Like a Penguin

It’s warmed up in Minnesota, but you know snow and ice will be back.  To keep from falling, walk like a penguin:  take small steps, keep your knees relaxed, and turn your feet out a little.  Limit how much you … Continue reading

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Job Hazard Analysis: Make them work for you

We are back to writing our blog after a summer hiatus (well, and finishing up a couple of big projects). We often have companies ask about Job Hazard Analyses (JHA).  First, what it is: whether you call it a JHA … Continue reading

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Lockout Tagout–it really matters

OSHA requires that equipment be guarded or locked out to prevent injuries.  Lockout is used to isolate energy sources so that equipment cannot and does not start up.  A recent article in OSHA’s bi-weekly newsletter reinforces why this is so … Continue reading

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Statewide Tornado Drills April 24

April 21-25 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  According to the MN Department of Public Safety: For more than 20 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness  Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. … Continue reading

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Does the shovel matter?

There seems to be a winter theme to our blog posts.  Not surprising, given the time of year. And remember that March is one of the snowier months. Choosing a snow shovel, or a shovel for any purpose, may not appear … Continue reading

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Women in Science: NIOSH series

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a series of short (under 5 minutes) videos on women at NIOSH.  As NIOSH writes in their blog: The Women in Science video series spotlights a few of NIOSH’s many … Continue reading

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Winter Slipping and Sliding

Winter showed up with a vengeance in Minnesota.  A little bit of snow, slightly warmer temperatures and then freezing cold all make for a dangerous mix.  Whether you are driving or walking, be aware of the potential for unseen icy … Continue reading

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Holiday safety tips, games and gifts

December holds lots of safety hazards, especially around burning candles, dry Christmas trees and houses sealed up for the winter.  NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association offers safety tips, games for children, holiday gift tags and a lot more. For Project … Continue reading

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Safety messages don’t have to be boring

If you’ve ever flown, you know the drill. The flight attendants have to give their safety briefing–seatbelt, electronic devices, oxygen mask, flotation devices, exits, etc. Virgin Air released their “sassy safety video”–fun, interesting and informative. It demonstrates all of the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Workplace Fatalities Up in 2012

Minnesota OSHA has updated the Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary for 2012.  You can find it here. Seventy Minnesota workers never went home last year.  According to the US Census on Fatal Occupational Injuries, Minnesota had a preliminary 70 … Continue reading

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