Workers Compensation Changes are Propagating Poverty

By Paolo Ferrari on March 24th, 2015 @ 9:59 am

Nation-wide changes are hitting workers compensation where it hurts, and injured workers are paying the price more than ever before. A recent OSHA report shows a decade-long trend in dwindling coverage for workplace accidents, leading to identifiable income drops in cases of injured workers. Less coverage for workplace injuries means more out of pocket expenses for workers who are already balancing on the line between poverty and living income.

OSHA has stated that these more finicky coverage plans are exacerbating the lines of inequality and helping contribute to the poverty of workers. The worse news is that low-wage workers are getting the shortest end of the stick, as they are purportedly injured on a more frequent basis.

Could it be that wage can dictate the injury rate of workers? OSHA thinks so. Their report states that the temporary and independent workers are less likely to get proper safety training and are more likely to be injured on the job. The inequality gap, according to OSHA, is now statistically influencing injury rates.

Between industries doing less for their injured workers and insurance companies taking a stricter approach to allowances, it’s more important than ever for all of us, as a collective industry, to focus on safety and prevention. In this economic period where the lowest-wage workers get snubbed most often, particular focus on preventing injury in the first place is vital. Unless we are willing to completely take responsibility for overlooking OSHA’s standards and important safety measures, we should do everything in our power to preclude injuries, not fix them when it’s too late.

Proper inspections, auditing, and training can help prevent worker injuries, ensuring that their funds will be secured for their home lives. The key is staying ahead of the curve with organization and preparation. Using software like Field iD can help you get there. Cloud integration and one-click inspections can make the job a whole lot easier, but whatever method you use (whether paper or digital), ensure that it’s comprehensive and up-to date. Missing out on an inspection can have dire consequences, even if it’s just pushed back a few days, so be sure to keep organized and prepared to keep your workers safe.

To learn more about improving the effectiveness of your safety practices, visit Field iD’s website.



OSHA Fines Fabric Manufacturer $108K for Reckless Noncompliance

By Paolo Ferrari on March 17th, 2015 @ 9:47 am

A fabric manufacturer out of Maine has been using non-compliant techniques for months, and OSHA finally dropped the hammer on their operation with a massive fine. Amounting to over $108,000, this fine not only resulted from the amount of safety issues they found, but also the risk of injury they presented to employees.

Water jets — laser-precise and extremely powerful tools used to cut metal — were the first culprit OSHA had spotted. These large, dangerous machines were not being properly shut down or locked during scheduled cleanings, exposing employees to possible lacerations, fractures, and amputations. If, during operation, an employee were to have their hand near the jet, and the machine activated, they could be amputated in seconds.

A “trimming robot,” one of the manufacturer’s most important tools, was also a big concern to OSHA inspectors. The machine was moving well outside of its safety perimeter, exposing workers near the machinery to serious or possibly fatal injuries.

Although the hazards identified and the resulting fine both serve as an example of why compliance is important, the shame in this whole situation is the nonchalance about workers’ lives. These people were working in an environment that was inherently dangerous, presenting them with a high risk of injury every day that they punched in.

Some companies might think that way, that compliance is about avoiding fines and keeping OSHA happy, but OSHA is in place for one thing only: the safety of those out in the field. We understand that and completely agree, and that’s why Field iD exists in the first place.

This was a case of clear-cut negligence and ignorance, one that luckily didn’t result in any fatalities. Even for the best of us, though, keeping track of all the small things can be a hassle. The most safety-conscious overseer can make mistakes, and Field iD was made for people like them, individuals who want to stay ahead of the curve and organized to prevent accidents, not deal with them after the fact.

If you work in the industrial sector and have been searching for a better path to compliance, you might like what Field iD has to offer. With one-click inspections and scheduled audits, you can stay on top of important dates. Built-in LO/TO tools makes it easier than ever to ensure that machinery is properly processed before, during, and after repair. Our server-wide network means that everyone will always stay connected, in the know, and ready for the next challenge.

Nobody wants to run a business like that fabric manufacturer, but we may fall into disrepair if we feel overwhelmed by the necessary steps and endless paperwork. We made Field iD because we understand why it was needed in the first place: a simple platform to help people manage safety compliance with just a few clicks.

If you want to go paperless and have a safer, more efficient year, head over to Field iD’s website to learn more.



UAE Takes Record for Aviation Safety Compliance

By Paolo Ferrari on March 12th, 2015 @ 11:23 am

The UAE has achieved global recognition for their outstanding safety compliance with a 98.8% safety rating from the International Civil Aviation Organization. The operation of UAE’s aviation sector is a complex and extremely detailed process. A 98.8% score is an incredible achievement, but let’s look at it for what it truly means: a safer world. This score represents passengers traveling and coming home safely and the rigorous standards the UAE enforces in order to run at maximum efficiency.

The big question on everyone’s mind is “how”? How do you get to the top of the safety world? How could an operation so large run so well? Surely there’s an exhaustive amount of work to be done to ensure that the operation is safe from top to bottom, and the UAE’s infrastructure is near-perfect from local to national to international.  Their aviation infrastructure must have a system in place that helps them methodically enforce compliance.

If you’re looking for a recipe to greater compliance, there are some steps you can take to make your company an industry example. What the UAE has done has taken years of hard work, and they’ve earned their keep in the world of safety. Whether you work in the food industry, construction, or (of course) aviation, Field iD might be just what you’ve been looking for to bolster your safety efforts.

Safety Made Simpler with Field iD

It doesn’t matter whether your operation is local, national, or international; if you work in an industry full of hazards, safety should be your main concern. We’ve built Field iD, our mobile and PC safety platform, from the ground up to help you run things more efficiently and safely out in the field.

The UAE’s aviation sector, just like all other businesses, has to perform inspections and audits; it’s how they keep their planes air-ready and their operations consistent. With Field iD, health, pre-flight, and asset inspections could be performed with a tap or a click. Our up-to-date, industry-standard checklists are built from the ground up to give you the most detailed inspections with an intuitive and simple one-click system.

With our GPS-connected network, workers, supervisors, and management can stay in the know about their business activity; data on where work is being done, whether inspections have been completed, and where assets are is available at any given time.

98.8% is quite the goal when it comes to safety standards, but software like Field iD can help you get there. When you streamline the process, you can start seeing the big picture. When you see the big picture, you can change the way you run things.

Learn more about Field iD and see for yourself how it can help you run a safer, more efficient business.



Your company has been cited by OHSA. Here’s how to prevent it from happening again.

By Matt Paterson on February 23rd, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

Safety and compliance managers never forget the first time they are dinged with an OSHA citation. Depending on its severity, that violation or violations could change the whole trajectory of a company. Whether the violation is “serious” or not, odds are the company will be paying in some shape or form because of it.

Once that OSHA citation passes, the time comes to take stock of your safety procedures and figure out how to prevent such a thing from happening again. If you’re a safety or compliance manager, expect some tough discussions with employees throughout the company — and especially with executives. You’ll have to communicate to them how important safety is to the health of the whole company.

It can be an uncomfortable process to objectively evaluate where your company stands when it comes to the safety of its employees. However, is there really anything more important to your company than the safety of employees?

Put simply, the best way to avoid more violations is to adjust your procedures and implement an automated solution that ensures you don’t miss any steps. The worst thing you can do is stand back and hope nothing happens.

Review your current procedures and identify what gaps exist. This may seem like an inconvenience at first, but people’s lives could literally be at stake. Look at all your processes and focus on the weak points. Then, get the new procedures in place and change your mentality that it can’t happen to you.

Field iD’s technology can help you automate processes so that you don’t forget any critical steps in safeguarding your employees and your equipment. In addition, all the data gathered by Field iD is kept in an easily accessible archive to ensure that when and if OSHA comes on site, you can produce the exact documentation they need. With the press of a button you can prove you followed the correct procedures.

Having the correct procedures in place before something happens is always the goal. After an accident occurs or an OSHA violation stings a company, it’s important to change the mentality that it couldn’t happen to you, your coworker or your company. Remember, the effects of a violation don’t just impact one person — they can be felt across the company and within the surrounding community.

If you waited until after an OSHA violation to make safety changes, the time is now to get started. People are likely to be resistant to the change, but at the same time, there is no better time to stress the importance of safety in your business. Your employees will thank you for it.



Field iD @ Tech Advantage Conference & Expo

By Matt Paterson on February 19th, 2015 @ 11:56 am

We’re excited to announce our attendance at the Tech Advantage Conference & Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Expo, which will take place from February 23-26, is a great opportunity to discover the newest and most advanced tech in the industrial sector.

From builders to engineers, designers to distributors, the Tech Advantage expo will boast hundreds of booths filled with industry leaders exhibiting the most advanced technology available. Whether you’re involved in construction, information technology, or operations management, attending Tech Advantage might very well change the way you run your business. With all they have to offer — keynote speeches, summits, and learning labs for implementing these technologies — there’s no good reason to miss out on this all-inclusive tech expo.

That’s why you’ll see us there, of course. It’s only natural that we attend to spread the word about Field iD, an inspection software app that is changing the way businesses handle safety. 2014 was a great year for us, and we learned that Field iD has revolutionized safety management for thousands of businesses. 2015 is a new year, though, and we hope our attendance at Tech Advantage will help more people discover and implement Field iD’s intuitive safety Tech. We’re looking to blaze a trail in safety management innovation, and we know that Field iD will be a tremendous success at the expo.

If you’re interested in attending the Tech Advantage Conference & Expo, head to http://www.techadvantage.org/ for registration, attendance information, and a floor plan detailing all the great organizations attending. Don’t forget to visit Field iD at the NRECA booth (# 851).

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A Budget Boost for Safety

By Matt Paterson on February 10th, 2015 @ 9:16 am

President Obama has put together a budgetary plan for the 2016 fiscal year that includes, in large part, a whopping budgetary boost for the department of labor. All of this funding — specifically for OSHA — points to a more responsive and involved administration.

Our workers’ safety and fair treatment is an important part of running a great business, and that’s why administrations like OSHA and the WHD are so crucial to our success. From injury and health to standardized pay, these associations are there to protect our workers and assure their fair treatment. It’s no wonder, then, that the Obama administration sees fit to give the Labor Department a much-needed boost to help focus on the safety of our workers.

The fiscal 2016 budget would inject an extra $1.3 billion into the Labor Department to be divided among various safety administrations. OSHA, for one, would see more than $3 million  to bolster its response efforts and protection plans.

The extra funding would assist OSHA with a higher level of employer education, allowing them more funds for inspections and training. Whistleblower protection laws would be bolstered by the funding, ensuring that those who report health and safety violations remain protected.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is also up for a helpful boost, and this new found well of resources would help them focus on more efficient inspections and rigorous enforcement of safety policies. There is also an important new rule being proposed to further protect workers from black lung disease.

The most crucial part of this budgetary proposal — especially for employers — is the plan to raise civil penalties for non-compliance. A higher charge for penalties against OSHA standards would act as an extra incentive for employers to fall in line with safety regulations. This, coupled with OSHA’s dedication to reaching more employers and addressing safety issues, would lead to a statistically safer 2016.

Those who work within the realm of safety can only keep their fingers crossed for this budgetary change, as Obama’s overall budget has very slim chances of making its way through a fiscally conservative congress.

 

 

Categories: OSHA | Safety Compliance


Field iD @ the International Franchise Convention

By Matt Paterson on February 9th, 2015 @ 9:15 am

The International Franchise Convention (IFA) is a meeting of the minds in Las Vegas, NV, where passionate and creative franchisees, franchisors, and partners can get together to create relationships and grow their businesses more than ever before. This year, the IFA is pushing the envelope with more attendance, more connections, and an emphasis on thought leadership with their newest theme: “Connect. Innovate. Evolve.”

From franchise development to management round tables, to finance seminars, the IFA is focused on bringing you the newest trends and invaluable tips on keeping your franchise going strong. Whether you’re the kind who enjoys information-packed summits or more involved round-table discussions, the IFA has something for everyone who wants more out of their business.

We really can’t recommend your attendance enough. The IFA is an incredible opportunity to learn, share, and connect all under one roof. These days, so many connections are made through social media platforms, but face-to-face conversations can make business relationships that last a lifetime. Everyone that attends IFA is just like you: a passionate person looking to take their business to the next level.

Because this year’s convention is focused on innovation and evolution, we’ll be attending to spread the news about Field iD, our revolutionary safety management system. We’ve never been more passionate about Field iD’s game-changing innovation, and we can see that it’s revolutionizing the industrial landscape, helping businesses run more efficiently and safer than ever before.

Our presence at IFA means much more to us than just getting a wider audience interested in Field iD. We’ll be there to connect with other thought leaders in the world of industrial safety to learn and teach how we can make our businesses safer for our workers.

If you’re interested in attending the IFA, head to http://convention.franchise.org/home to register and secure your spot. Don’t forget to visit FieldID at booth 142.  Click HERE to register for FREE and be eligible for our show special for a FREE iPad.  See you in Vegas.

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Why Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) is so important for workers in remote locations

By Matt Paterson on February 3rd, 2015 @ 2:16 pm

Working on a piece of machinery out in the middle of nowhere can be a lonely experience, and a dangerous one too.

Think about a utility worker in a remote area of the desert fixing a broken down transformer. There may not be another person around for miles and the equipment in need of repair has enough energy running through it to power an entire town. Safety has to be a top priority in situations like these, but it’s not always easy to stay safe and compliant when you’re working so far away from company headquarters – or anyone else for that matter.

In addition to the inherent safety hazards associated with working in remote locations, it can be a big challenge to lock out or tag out the machinery or equipment. That’s just one of several reasons remote workers don’t follow proper lockout-tagout procedures when working in remote areas. However,  there are new technologies that make the whole process safer and easier.

Often, Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedures are overlooked in remote areas simply because there is no one to provide oversight of the work being completed. Workers on their own sometimes don’t feel obligated to go through the LOTO procedure the right way because no one will have specific documentation of their work anyway. That’s where Field iD’s LOTO technology comes in. It provides accountability for workers. Field iD can monitor your assets anywhere at any time, so it’s easy to see what work is being performed on any specific piece of machinery. You can also track who is doing the work, how long it takes them and if they are following the correct procedures.

If remote workers are online using Field iD, all the data can be communicated instantly. But, of course, that’s not always the case with workers in remote areas. Field iD’s solution is to store all the LOTO processes and procedures while employees are working remotely and then later sync it to cloud to share. Then safety managers can see exactly what work has been performed and take any corrective action if needed.

This saves time and money from traditional pen-and-paper methods of documenting LOTO procedures for compliance purposes. Instead of physically having to produce proof that the correct LOTO procedures were followed, Field iD automates the whole process and makes that information easy to share.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that up to 80 percent of injuries related to servicing and maintenance of equipment and assets could be tied to not following simple LOTO procedures. You may have a handle on LOTO at your factory or home office, but don’t overlook your employees working in remote places. Assuring that they too are following LOTO’s protocol could be the difference in whether your business is compliant or not.



ROI 101: How Field iD saves customers time and money

By Matt Paterson on January 27th, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

Many companies that have lockout/tagout (LOTO) and compliance processes in place don’t really understand the costs associated with them. They might understand what their pain points are, but they don’t know how to best tackle those problems in a cost-effective way. As a result, they do what they’ve been doing for a long time and never really examine what it’s costing them.

In addition to managing the lockout-tagout process, Field iD is an effective tool that can cut down the hours it takes to do inspections and audits. What’s the cost of providing that sort of solution? Well, what’s the cost of a person’s life that could be saved? Not to mention the dollars associated with a compliance breach in terms of legality. On top of that, there would be workers’ compensation costs if someone was injured on the job. In addition to all the time that Field iD can save its clients, the product fundamentally improves safety.

Most times when people come to Field iD looking for a compliance or LOTO solution it’s after something negative has happened that finally makes the green light go off in their head. Another common occurrence is that they tried something else in the past and it didn’t meet their needs. Cost is a factor in most cases, but we focus on the value Field iD provides.

Why is the ROI of Field iD so high? There are several reasons:

  1. It saves time. The way Field iD automates laborious processes means it takes less time to do the same work. In addition, safety is improved, saving companies the possibilities of dealing with a costly accident on the job.
  1. It’s easy to train employees on the technology and it’s fully customizable. That means it takes less time to train people to inspect things the right way. There are also built-in assurances that employees won’t miss critical steps in compliance or LOTO processes.
  1. You save time when you don’t have to pull paper records. Using Field iD means you don’t have to look for the paper reports when it’s required during an inspection. You can get the records needed from any Internet-connected device.
  1. You have visibility into your equipment anywhere and at any time. It doesn’t matter if the safety manager is across the country or it’s two in the morning.

Return on investment is something that every smart company focuses on, but it can be a tricky puzzle to solve. With Field iD the benefits are obvious. You save time and improve safety, and what’s more important than that for safety managers? Increase safety and decrease your costs.



Master Lock Field iD @ Acklands-Grainger WORKS 2015

By Matt Paterson on January 23rd, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

From February 4-5, the Vancouver Convention Center will be hosting one of the most exciting and all-inclusive industry expos in North America. The Acklands-Grainger WORKS Expo is a must-attend convention for anyone in the industrial sector looking for the newest developments in efficiency and safety.

At Acklands-Grainger WORKS, you can discover thousands of products and services, meet industry experts, and sit in on educational seminars to learn about new industrial trends and tips for running a better business. Acklands-Grainger is a trade-show first, so they’ve placed a big emphasis on bringing you the most cutting-edge products and game-changing services from the top innovators in industry so you can have actionable ideas from the moment you arrive.

If you’re at all interested in making your workplace safer and more efficient, then Acklands-Grainger is exactly where you should go. You’ll discover, connect, and build a network of new associates that can help make 2015 a better year for your business.

Because Acklands-Grainger is focused on products and services, Field iD will be attending to exhibit our safety inspection and compliance management software to the masses. 2014 was a great year for us, and many businesses have benefited from Field iD’s intuitive approach to safety, but we know there are more people out there that can use Field iD to keep their workers safer than ever before.

If you’re interested in attending the Acklands-Grainger WORKS 2015 Trade Show, visit http://acklandsgraingerWORKS.com/home.html (you can sign in as a guest). Though there’s no floor-plan yet, the coordinators are promising an attendance of over 250 supplier partners in attendance, and that means your attendance will be worth every penny. Visit us at the Master Lock booth #1312.  Sign up today to be eligible for our show special for a FREE iPad.  Click here for more details.

Categories: Safety Management