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Torque wrench safety

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“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Not Satisfied With Your Safety Performance?

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The Value Proposition Losses are not good for business.  Injuries or property damage cost money and threaten sustainability in a number of ways and often result in bad morale, lost productivity, lost customer opportunities, and higher insurance premiums to name a few. Safety performance is a reflection of a company’s efforts to control loss.  Performance can be measured by a ...

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More than 1200 gather to address workplace safety

BISMARCK, N.D., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 38 fatal workplace injuries in North Dakota in 2014. This week, the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) is hosting the 43rd Annual Safety & Health Conference with the goal of reducing North Dakota’s injury and fatality rates through safety education. The conference is the largest ...

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Destination zero — Are we there yet?

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? was the repeated chorus from my two kids in the back seat of my car. And just like my parents replied to me when I was a kid, so I replied to mine: “We’re there when we’re there.” Every once in a while I would change it up and say “Our destination ...

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Workplace safety case lingers

FORT EDWARD – The workplace safety violations case against Hyatt Ball Co. has advanced to the U.S. Department of Labor’s regional Office of the Solicitor. The move comes after the company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration failed to reach an agreement about how to settle the issue of 48 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws discovered during ...

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Silence is a silent killer

Parents know the value of silence—a blessing when faced with sibling disputes and chaos around the house.  But when it comes to your company’s safety program, silence proves to be a persistent obstacle that puts employees at risk and prevents safety programs from achieving greatness. As an employer you know you’re on the right path to developing a world class ...

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Official: Wyoming needs more workplace inspections

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s outgoing epidemiologist for workplace safety says the state needs to hire more workplace safety inspectors and adopt a tougher seat belt law. The job of the state workplace safety epidemiologist is to track and analyze workplace injury statistics. Mack Sewell plans to retire this month after two years in that position. Wyoming had the highest rate ...

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What happened to Brandon Belk? Could better safety measures have saved him?

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Environment & Energy Publishing released a story today outlining the suspicious death of a Bandlands Power Fuels worker named Brandon Belk in Watford City, North Dakota. Belk’s parents stated in the interview that they believe his death was caused by inhaling solvents and other petroleum products while cleaning a frack tank. The autopsy says that he died from pneumonia or ...

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