The Effects of Crystalline Silica on Workers

The Effects of Crystalline Silica on Workers

Silica is one of the most abundant and complex naturally occurring minerals and the main component of sand.  Quartz is the stable crystal form of silica, while tridymite and cristobalite are less stable crystalline forms.  Crystalline silica becomes the...
ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

Injuries and accidents are bad for business. Consider the consequences. First, operating costs immediately increase. Added expenses might come directly from adjustments to workers compensation rates or arrive in the form of regulatory fines levied by outside agencies....
Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

A common finding, and apparently another little-known violation, is the use of worm-gear type clamps for securing air nozzles and other equipment to compressed air hoses (Figure A). I probably see this serious violation at about 90 percent of the facilities I enter....
With Authority Comes Responsibility

With Authority Comes Responsibility

A storm was rolling through my neighborhood bringing wind and heavy rain. I watched what I considered to be both a miracle of nature and the epitome of parenthood unfold in my front yard. A pair of robins had built a nest in a dogwood tree in front of my bay window...