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Top 10 Workplace Safety Whitepapers and eBooks

Jan 7, 2021 3:01:11 PM / by DEKRA posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Crisis, Workplace safety, Driver Safety, Road Safety, safety leadership

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How do you get better at safety? Especially in 2020 where in-person learning was practically impossible? In our experience, the answer depends on where your organization is on its safety journey. For some, there’s a need to develop safety leadership skills in supervisors. For others, the solution is broader exposure control, targeted risk management, remote learning or serious injury prevention. Still, others need a combination of all the above.

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Taking Charge of Exposure

Dec 21, 2020 2:37:05 PM / by DEKRA posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Crisis, Workplace safety, Driver Safety, Road Safety

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Employees face hundreds of exposures every day. These exposures can be as seemingly innocuous and commonplace as an uneven floor or a dimly lit workstation. They can be in the way people are encouraged to work by an organizational culture that hurries them to complete a job or turns a blind eye to shortcuts that keep production flowing. They can be remarkable for their lack of protective measures: machinery with faulty or missing guards, elevated tasks with no handholds or tie-offs, jobs with no clear procedure for working around chemicals or hazardous material.

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Drowsy Driving? An Accident Waiting to Happen

Dec 14, 2020 5:01:28 PM / by DEKRA posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Crisis, Workplace safety, Driver Safety, Road Safety

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After attending a workshop taught by DEKRA’s VP and expert on Brain-Centric Reliability, David Musgrave, I learned that a microsleep episode is a common occurrence when a person does not get enough restful sleep and their brain shuts down momentarily in attempt to recharge itself. Fatigue (including Microsleeps) is one of 12 precursors to human error and many times, serious injury and fatality. A Microsleep caused my best friend to crash her car into a truck. 
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Contain Your Risk! Safety Reminders for Unloading Shipping Containers

Dec 14, 2020 9:32:57 AM / by DEKRA posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Crisis, Workplace safety

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Unloading shipping containers isn’t quite as easy as unloading groceries from your car. Workers must be aware of the many safety hazards that await them if done haphazardly.  What are these hazards and what can an organization do to mitigate the risk of injury or worse?

Workers involved in the loading and unloading of containers should be appropriately trained in how to avoid risks such as:

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Rewarding Workers for Safety – the Right Way

Nov 17, 2020 8:52:11 AM / by DEKRA OSR Communications posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Workplace safety

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Have you ever noticed a sign posted in a workplace stating, “this department has gone 365 days without an on-the-job injury” Would you assume that this is a really safe company? Or do you think there’s a catch behind the claim? Are they safe because they are doing the right things to prevent injury or are they lucky?

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Understand Your Exposure: Classifying Serious Injury and Fatality Potential in the Utility Industry

Nov 3, 2020 9:27:04 AM / by Kathy Culig, PhD, Principal Consultant & James Grant, VP- Utilities Leader posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Crisis, Utilities, Workplace safety

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Imagine that a team of utility workers is using a personnel lift to replace a large, heavy transformer. While taking down the old transformer, a rusted fastener breaks and the transformer falls, striking the ground. The good news is that since the team recognized the risk of falling objects, they set up a huge safety zone on the ground to keep people away from the work area. They also wore their personal protective equipment (PPE) and tied themselves off to prevent falling. Because of the preventive measures that the team took, no one is hurt.

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More Than Masks: Using the Hierarchy of Controls to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Apr 17, 2020 1:19:49 PM / by DEKRA OSR Communications posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Opiod Crisis, COVID-19, Crisis

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Six Tips to Enhance Workplace Safety During the COVID-19 Crisis

Mar 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by DEKRA OSR Communications posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Opiod Crisis

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In the rapidly changing environment caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic, leadership needs to access the latest reliable information and communicate with employees about steps being taken to stop the spread of the contagion. The pandemic has changed workplace safety, introducing significant stress and uncertainty. This can result in leaders doing fewer high-quality safety activities, because they are concerned they can’t answer the most pressing questions. Employee stress increases the probability of distraction when situational awareness is most needed.

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Use Effective Safety Leadership Practices to Help Prevent Burn Injuries

Feb 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by DEKRA OSR Communications posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Opiod Crisis

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On June 3, 1991, the Colorado Department of Health (CDH) was notified of a work-related burn sustained by a 20-year-old employee of a fast-food restaurant. The employee had been following the restaurant's standard procedure for cleaning exhaust filters located approximately five feet above a deep fryer. She had placed a wooden cover over three of the fryer's four bins, all four of which contained hot grease; no cover was available for the fourth bin. While standing on a chair she had placed on the wooden cover to reach and remove the filters, she fell, sustaining second- and third-degree burns over 10% of her body when she immersed her arm and shoulder in the hot grease contained in the uncovered fourth bin. She was hospitalized for 4 days and later required plastic surgery for scarring.(1)

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Not Just Drugs: Taking a Broader View on Workplace Impairment

Jan 31, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by DEKRA OSR Communications posted in Serious Injury and Fatality, safety, organizational safety, DEKRA, workplace injuries, Opiod Crisis

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Imagine that you’re a supervisor at a construction site, in a state where marijuana is legal. As you begin the day, you notice that one of your employees, Mike, doesn’t look like himself. His eyes are red, and he’s moving more slowly than usual. You think he might be under the influence of marijuana. Mike operates heavy machinery, and you’re worried about his and others’ safety. To play it safe, you follow company policy, have Mike get a urine test, and send him home until the test comes back three days later.

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