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Developing and implementing a successful forklift training program: Six tips

May 25, 2010

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Have all potential operators in your facility been properly trained in forklift safety? Follow the tips in this article to tailor your training for your specific operation. Your employees and bottom line will thank you.

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Don't let your equipment leave you fuming

April 27, 2010

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Stricter hexavalent chromium standards are just one reason to invest in a welding fume extractor. Providing a healthier work environment also can help you protect and retain your skilled workers. What should you consider when selecting an extractor?

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foreign body eye injury

Heading off health hazards

March 1, 2010

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Each year more than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work equating to more than 2,000 eye injuries each day. About 90 percent of which could have been prevented if proper eye protection were used. Safe work practices, along with properly selected and worn PPE can help reduce many of these potential health hazards and help you to make sure you don't become a statistic.

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Love your gloves

January 14, 2010

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Pulling on a pair of welding gloves, for many welders, is like second nature. What may not be second nature, however, is choosing the right glove to fit your needs of protection,comfort, and dexterity. Just as welding processes differ, so do the gloves that are best-suited for those processes.

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Hand Injury

Tracking injuries

November 10, 2009

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When considering activities that can affect your company's bottom line, don't overlook the positive difference tracking injuries can make. Recording and analyzing injury data can help you identify and correct problem areas, properly plan for production alterations should an injury occur, and reduce the impact of lost workdays.

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Recessions and industrial safety—enemies? - TheFabricator.com

Recessions and industrial safety—enemies?

July 14, 2009

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As you steer your company through the recession, remember that at the end of the day, it really is all about the people. Making safety a priority, especially in tough times, can boost employee morale and increase productivity. A behavioral approach to safety that stresses positive reinforcement can achieve long-lasting safety goals.

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plasmacutting ventilation system

Venting on the subject of clean shop air

June 29, 2009

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A shop owner should want the best ventilating technology for its thermal cutting operations. It keeps employees safe and protects the company from potential liability situations. With that in mind, the feature poses five questions that every shop should ask itself about its ventilating efforts as it regards thermal cutting operations.

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Welding Shop

Fumes + Weld students = Bad news

March 14, 2009

A welding program in northeastern Arizona, looking to improve the air quality in its welding lab, replaced its fume extraction equipment.

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Guard Gate Interlocking Switches

Safeguarding against robotic welding hazards

February 10, 2009

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Safety light screens, safety interlock switches, and two-hand controls are three types of safeguarding devices that can be used as part of a comprehensive safety system for robotic welding setups in your shop.

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Safety update

October 28, 2008

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A little more than a year after implementing stricter hexavalent chromium standards to the metalworking industry, OSHA has gone a step further and released respirator fit testing guidelines to complement the existing standard.

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Steady as she goes

October 14, 2008

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the U.S. nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured annually in forklift-related incidents. Knowing how they occur and studying the events that lead up to them can go a long way in preventing typical accidents.

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Building relationships, ensuring safety

August 12, 2008

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Safety should be a business priority beginning with the employee hiring process. Once you have hired the right people, you can ensure the success of your safety program by building relationships, giving employees' safety concerns the attention they deserve, and resolving issues in a timely manner.

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Welding torch fire hazard

Preventing torch fires in welding and cutting operations

July 15, 2008

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Welding and cutting, which accounts for 1 percent of structure fires and 4 percent of nonhousehold property damage, is the most dangerous type of hot work, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Companies that weld and cut should take specific steps to increase safety and minimize the risk of torch fires. Hot work, by its nature, has a lot of hazards. Companies and their hot-work operators can protect their safety and their facilities by keeping combustibles away from welding and cutting operations; using new safety features; staying aware of conditions; and knowing and following instructions provided on the precautionary labels and in OSHA, ANSI, and NFPA standards.

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Protective welding clothes

Clothes before woes

May 13, 2008

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Welding injuries, from minor welding flash burns to serious third-degree burns, can be painful and, in extreme cases, can cause disfigurement and lead to career-ending disabilities. Wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is an easy way welders can help protect themselves against these risks and preserve their livelihood.

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What not to leave at work

May 13, 2008

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The metal fabricating industry is among the employment sectors with the highest rates of amputations from on-the-job accidents. Many are caused by improperly safeguarded machinery, hand tools, forklifts, and other equipment. Preventing workplace amputations requires adhering to strict safety guidelines, including making amputation awareness a part of your safety program.

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