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From Fires to Fatalities: Why Engagement Matters to Water & Sewer Employees

When people think of the dangers involved in the Energy & Utilities industry, they usually envision collapsing mines or exploding oil rigs. Rarely do their minds drift to the Water & Sewer sector, but the truth is Water and Sewer employees face many on-the-job dangers as well. From fires to fatalities, accidents can -- and often do -- occur. 

Luckily, there is a way to minimize these risks. Today’s article will take a closer look at the challenges facing workers in the Water & Sewer sector, as well as steps companies can take to limit those challenges. Let’s get started.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Engagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Culture of Engagement, Water and Sewer, Energy and Utilities

Celebrate 2017 Customer Service Week with These Cool Ideas [FREE GIFTS]

Working nights, weekends, and everything in between. Ensuring each customer walks away with a smile. And don’t even mention what one experiences during the holiday season. Customer service representatives might not have an easy job, but they do fulfill a major role for your company. 

For these reasons, among many others, it’s important you make the most of this year’s upcoming Customer Service Week, which will take place October 2nd – 6th. Although showing your employees they’re appreciated should be a year-round process, the following tips should help you make the most of the week.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha, OSHA Fines

September 23, 2017 Deadline: Are You Compliant with OSHA®’s New Silica Rule?

No one likes to see their workers fall ill, especially when it stems from on-the-job activities. Still, despite companies doing their best to protect their employees, far too many workers receive injuries or develop illnesses when they’re simply trying to do their job. This is especially true in the construction industry, where hazards abound -- some of them far less visible than others.

We’re all well aware of the dangers of operating heavy machinery or working at great heights, but did you know nearly a million American workers are exposed to dangerous levels of silica each year? This can create a multitude of health problems for your workers, and one government agency is looking to prevent this sort of thing from occurring in the future.    

In an effort to reduce lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in America’s workers, OSHA® has issued a final rule regarding employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Are you going to be compliant before their September 23, 2017 deadline? 

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha, OSHA Fines

Don’t Let OSHA® Fines Cripple Your Business: Focus on Employee Engagement Today

A railroad wheel maker in Ohio is fined $610,034. A California explosives manufacturer is charged $292,235. A Missouri plumbing contractor faces $714,000 in OSHA® penalties. These are not hypothetical scenarios, they’re what actually happened within the month of June alone. To be more accurate, these fines were issued within less than two weeks of each other. Sadly, there were many more that didn’t make this article.  

Regardless of your occupation or even industry, OSHA® fines can cripple your entire company. We hear it time and time again. Companies who have the best of intentions go under because of on-the-job accidents that are totally preventable.

The question then becomes, how do we prevent accidents, fines, and – most importantly -- loss of life from occurring? The answer lies in employee engagement.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha, Culture of Engagement, OSHA Fines

Employee Engagement is Vital in Workplace Safety

Ensuring safe work environments for employees is not only required by law but is also a necessity of good and ethical business practices. Unsafe work spaces can end up costing companies millions, through workers compensation claims, loss of work and in productivity, not to mention potential fines or lawsuits.

According to OSHA®, the cost of direct workers’ compensation claims is estimated to be around $1 billion per week. Ensuring employee safety can be a challenge, particularly in a non-engaged work culture.

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Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Incentivized Safety Programs

OSHA® Proposes NEW Rule Provisions and Updates for Many Industries

In this blog -- the second in our series examining OSHA®’s recently proposed rule changes -- we’ll take a look at the organization’s remaining set of proposals. If you missed our last blog, where we summarized the first set of proposed rule changes, you can find it here.

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Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

OSHA® Proposes NEW Rule Provisions: General Industry, Construction & More

OSHA®, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, recently proposed a number of new rule provisions to the agency’s general industry, maritime, construction and recordkeeping standards.

The proposed changes are an effort to modernize OSHA standards, while saving employers millions of dollars per year. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels says that, if implemented, the new provisions will “help employers better understand their responsibilities, increase compliance and reduce compliance costs."

 

This blog post will take a look at the first nine of these proposed changes.

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Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

OSHA ® Update: Severe Injury Reporting Assessment, More Citations Coming

OSHA® – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – recently announced some updates to their new Severe Injury Reporting Program, which requires companies to report any serious injury or hospitalization within 24 hours. The first year was found to be quite effective for the companies that complied. Unfortunately, not all businesses did. Thus, the agency announced that they would be issuing even more citations and increasing the amount of fines in the second year of the program

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Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

OSHA Clarifies Stance on Safety Incentive Programs

The Challenges of Incentivized Safety

When building an effective recognition strategy for the workplace, incentive programs can play a key role in developing higher levels of active engagement. Combined with additional tactics, such as employee referrals, milestone awards and wellness packages, these efforts have the potential to increase productivity, employee ownership and even individual self-worth. Keep in mind that if you choose to incentivize your company’s safety program, it must be done in a manner that’s conducive to your policies, efforts and regulations. If incorrectly set into motion, you run the risk of encouraging team members and managers to hide and/or not report injuries that occur.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communication, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Incentivized Safety Programs

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