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What you missed at NSC

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Why learning from what you missed at the NSC show can help create a safer world

The National Safety Council Congress and Expo held in September revealed a new OSHA violation for 2017 – fall protection – training requirements (1926.503). Out of all the 1,523 violations for fall protection – training requirements in 2017, most of the citations occurred with the roofing, framing, and residential modeling industries. 

Every industry needs to ensure workers are provided with the tools they need to work safely - and this includes training!

Fall protection starts with effective training!

Every year falls are the most common cause of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA has very specific requirements to protect workers from falls in both the construction and general industry. Employers need to set-up the workplace to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations, or into holes in the floor and walls.

Additionally, 29 CFR 1926.503(a)(1) states that the employer needs to provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. Training program needs to enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling. With proper training, workers can prevent serious fall-related injuries - even death.

Safety never takes a day off!

To address the entire list of the Top 10 OSHA violations for 2017, former NASCAR driver, Kyle Petty told the attendees at NSC, that safety never takes a holiday!

Safety first mentality needs to be the cornerstone - the first thought before starting work. Is this scaffold safe? What is the weight limit? What can I do to ensure this is safer for the next person? How can I improve safety practices? These questions will help workers  - because accidents are preventable.

OSHA’s Top 10 is more than a list of violations – it's a blueprint to keep workers safe, address issues in the workplace, and make safety first a habit. Safety is the number one priority and without working together to remedy safety hazards, workers will always be at risk of injuries.

It’s no coincidence the theme at the NSC show was racing to zero. 

NSC CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said at the NSC show that we can’t address the obvious hazards in our environment – we have to address the human being and understand what’s draining our batteries. When we all work together to address safety concerns, we can create a safer world.

Eliminate the same OSHA violations from occurring in 2018 by addressing all safety concerns and comparing your work environment to those in what Safety and Health Magazine calls the Penalty Box.

How can we make 2018 safer?

Looking ahead to the New Year, safety innovators will lead the way by creating new ways to protect workers. Advances in technology and forward-thinking work together to address safety concerns, find solutions for problems, and eliminate workplace injuries and deaths.

Unforeseen safety issues need to be faced with a strong safety policy. 

Commit to a safer workplace by enforcing proper training, displaying safety identification, and having an effective safety policy in place.

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