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OSHA® Announces Final Rule that Affects Over 100 Million Employees

With just a few more weeks remaining in 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA®) released yet another major rule change that will take place in 2017. The final rule, which will update General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards, will affect over 110 million employees.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

OSHA® Targets Manufacturing Industry to Reduce Amputations

OSHA®, the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration, announced a number of major changes in 2016. And with just a few weeks left before the New Year, the administration just revealed another biggie for the manufacturing industry. In an effort to further reduce workplace amputations, a number of states are now facing a major crackdown by OSHA®. Will your job be affected? 

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

What Are the Top Ten OSHA® Citations for 2016?

As 2016 comes to a close, OSHA® has revealed their annual Top Ten OSHA® Citations list. The list – which is released every October – takes a look at the most frequently cited safety and health violations for the given fiscal year.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

2016 Gallup Data Proves That Engaged Companies Produce Safer Workplaces

We’ve known for quite some time now that Employee Engagement leads to much greater productivity and, ultimately, profits. Now, the latest Gallup data  has proven that companies that have a Culture of Engagement provide much safer workplaces than those that do not.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Engagement, Safegagement

OSHA® Breaks Tradition, Asks for Help in Identifying Leading Indicators

C.A. Short Company has long advocated the use of leading indicators as a means of creating a safe work environment. It turns out that OSHA® -- the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- shares our beliefs so much that they are now turning to the public for help in identifying safety and health indicators in the workplace.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

The Staggering Cost of Workplace Injury and How to Avoid It

According to the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), workplace injuries cost American businesses a hefty price. Employers pay out nearly $1 billion every week for direct workers' compensation costs. That does not include the additional costs incurred from medical expenses or legal services. Indirect costs add to the total: training replacement employees, accident investigations, utilizing corrective measures, a loss in productivity, repairs to damaged equipment and property, and costs associated with lower employee morale and absenteeism all cost even more

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement

Connectivity & Ownership: The Fifth Component of Safegagement™

As we’ve touched upon in our past blog entries, connectivity and ownership are vital to the concept of Safegagement. Not only should their presence resonate within every position, department and office setting, but connectivity and ownership also serves as our fifth and final component of Safegagement. Possibly the most important we will discuss, these two elements have the power to truly ignite individuals and unlock their potential.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communication, Safegagement

Parallel Engagement: The Fourth Component of Safegagement™

Safegagement™, a concept developed by Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP (our President/CFO), occurs when engaged employees are safer at work and make better decisions because they care about those they work with, the company they work for, and the overall accomplishments of the organization. This is the fourth post in a series where we discuss the Five Components of Safegagement. As we near the end of our series, we hope you're gaining a clear understanding of how the Five Components of Safegagement work together. Alone, each component holds enormous potential for your workforce and their overall quality of life, both in and out of the workplace. However, when these components are combined and instilled as one, they can truly help your company accomplish a safe and engaging work environment for all.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communication, Safegagement

Comprehensive Training: The Second Component  of Safegagement

In our previous blog, we introduced you to both the concept of Safegagement™ and the first of its five components, Leading Indicators. A key component to building a safe and engaging environment, leading indicators promote continuous improvement by drawing attention to successes—both big and small. Today, however, we will be focusing on the second component -- Comprehensive Training. 

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communication, Safegagement

Positive Reinforcement: The Third Pillar of Safegagement™

As we continue our series highlighting the 5 key pillars of Safegagement, an overarching theme begins to take shape. Placing value both in your employees’ abilities and the work they do instills an unwavering sense of pride and self-worth—two vital factors to consider when building a safe and engaging work environment. 

As you’ll see, this sentiment is once again on display in our next pillar, Positive Reinforcement. Often times, companies will simplify this powerful concept by distilling it down to monetary and tangible efforts. However, this is an all too critical mistake as this is an idea that goes far beyond annual bonuses and free coffee in the break room and one that will make all the difference in your ongoing engagement efforts.


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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Communication, Safegagement

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