Tag: Safety Management

Tragic Worksite Blast Injures Five: Could it have Been Prevented?

According to Global News, an industrial facility in Sarnia, Ontario has seen a dangerous explosion and fire.  Four workers were injured and one was taken to a hospital in critical condition.  He passed away soon after.

The explosion started a fire which seriously burned several workers.  The explosion itself caused a partial collapse of the roof, which could have resulted in more fatalities had any workers been near the collapse.  In this case, there is no good news.  Whenever workers are injured, their lives are at stake.  Whether it’s from faulty machinery or improper work site procedures, it’s imperative to be cautious around machinery and hazardous materials.

No reports as of yet have found the cause of this accident, though they have ruled out any chemicals or gas explosions.  Though speculation points to faulty machinery being the origin of the explosion, an important question remains: could this tragedy have been prevented?

Innocent lives are lost every year to fatal workplace accidents.  This is just an isolated case out of hundreds reported by OSHA annually.  These tragedies, in this day and age, could be avoided with the proper tools and procedures. That’s exactly why Master Lock introduced Field iD.

Field iD is a customizable application that makes auditing and inspecting easier than ever.  With this invaluable tool, you can keep your workers safer than ever before and prevent the most common workplace risks.  With Field iD, supervisors and workers can manage and stay tuned to all the changes and inspections at the work site and beyond. Here are just a few ways Field iD can help you keep your workers safe and machinery running smoothly:

Scheduling tools: Keep track of your inspection and audit due-dates.  Stay ahead and prepared for your inspections so you can pass on-time with flying colors.

Paperless Audits and Inspections: Field iD will keep your inspections organized with checklists and one-click audits.  The paperless model allows for seamless knowledge at your fingertips so you can always stay ahead of faulty machinery, parts, and assets.  With more detailed and efficient audits and inspections, you can expect a much safer and more informed work place.

Organize your assets: Whether it’s machinery or equipment, stay on top of all of your assets with Field iD.  Assign assets to specific work sites and even workers and keep updated with the check-in/check-out functionality.  Make sure that your workers have the right tools for the job.

Safety Scoring: Go above and beyond pass-fail with safety scoring. Keeping your operation in top shape with our automated sliders and scoring query is as easy as filling out a checklist.  Customize your scoring to your work site needs and keep your jobs running smoothly.

Lockout/Tagout: Our software is an incredible lockout/tagout tool that reinforces safety procedures by giving you the power to author and assign tasks to staff.  Keeping organized can be the biggest issue with lockout/tagout procedures, but our networked software makes it easier and safer.  From assignment to review, our system is built robustly for those who want a safer workplace for their employees.

Remember that the workplace is as dangerous as the procedures are. Preventing risk while you are ahead is the best way to keep your employees safe at work.  To learn more about Field iD from Master Lock, click here.

How do you manage inspections, safety data and more?

Did you know that as many as 93% of safety professionals wish they could improve their inspection and safety compliance process? And nine out of ten still use a pen and paper to manage their safety inspections. A coincidence? We think not.

How do safety professionals go about safety compliance management? We decided to come right out and ask! We invited a random sample of over 300 of safety professionals to participate in a brief survey about their inspection processes and experiences. It was a fun exercise, and it highlighted some interesting work habits…  Read More

Safety video review – Modern Safety – 01.11.2013

We are very excited for the 2013! Fortunately, the end of the world didn’t happen and we can focus on improving safety performance for the year ahead.

The first few weeks of January are a fresh start to the year. This will be the first of many weekend watching posts in 2013, and we hope you’ll make time for our latest safety video review!   Read More

Arctic offshore drilling safety under “unprecedented oversight”

The unique Arctic environment requires special drilling safety considerations. If you’re involved in oil & gas, offshore drilling or related services, it’s vital to stay on top of latest safety practices and lessons learned when it comes to drilling challenges in harsh conditions. Recent developments affecting operations in the far north continue to raise questions and interest in these areas.

A step toward answering such questions has been taken. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is launching an expedited, high-level assessment of the 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, announced this week.   Read More

Barriers to safety success highlighted at symposium

“Moving forward – through innovation and leadership” – that was the theme of an International Safety and Health Symposium happening recently in Dublin, organized by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Ireland Branch. One of the event speakers was the Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Judith Hackett.

Summarizing the 2011-2012 health and safety performance and highlighting safety successes, she also talked about things to improve and set goals for the future.

It caught our attention that paperwork and bureaucracy were stated as key barriers to improving workplace safety and efficiency.    Read More

How supercomputing meets the world of safety management

If you’re using technology such as smartphones, tablets and the web to manage safety compliance, chances are you’re conducting inspections and audits or other safety tasks faster than ever before. But even if you’re using the newest devices on the market, you’re moving at the speed of a snail compared to the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Don’t get us wrong, mobile devices are faster than ever. But hey, we’re talking about supercomputers today – and how they’re helping some organizations with safety management work.

This month, a new supercomputer named Titan took the number one spot on the Top 500 List of the world’s fastest supercomputers. We’re tech geeks, so we notice these kinds of things. Titan has over a half a million processors in it, which pretty much means you can’t even compare its speed to a mobile device. But we also like to have fun with the facts… Read More

The demand for good safety management

Do the demands of your customers or clients affect how you manage safety?

The new research conducted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Cardiff University found that supply chains in high profile construction organisations and projects can have a positive effect on health and safety management practices.

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Learning from OSHA’s top violations (Part 2)

Last week we blogged about five learnings from Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) top ten most frequently cited violations in 2012. These preliminary results were recently announced at the NSC Congress and Expo… Are you ready for five more?

Comparing this year’s numbers with last year’s, we also discovered some interesting trends for safety professionals to consider. As mentioned in our previous post, trends around top violations cited by OSHA can act as great guidance for building preventive measures into your safety management plans.    Read More

Six decades of barcode technology

October 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the barcode.

We couldn’t let the month of October pass without a tribute to barcode technology, just one of the tools being used by many of today’s safety professionals. Why? Because this month marked the 60th anniversary of the barcode. And as our inspection software users know, RFID and barcodes can be extremely powerful tools for safety management.

It was the fall of 1952 when two students from Drexel Institute of Technology (now more commonly known as Drexel University) patented a way to instantly identify a product and call up information about it using a system of lines varying in width. A few years earlier, a local grocery store approached the school’s engineering leaders looking for a way to read product data during the checkout process.

Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver took on the project, and it wasn’t long before they filed for a patent. Woodland and Silver were recently honored by a plaque and commemoration ceremony at the university, where the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers officially named Drexel “The Birthplace of the Barcode.” Read More

NEI taking steps to improve nuclear safety

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) recently announced that the industry is developing regional response centers for critical equipment to maintain safety in the event of emergency at one of America’s nuclear energy facilities.

In the aftermath of Fukushima meltdown, threats from natural disasters such as Hurricane Isaac or Hurricane Sandy raise important nuclear safety issues today. And with nuclear power facilities operating in 31 states and providing electricity to every fifth home and business in the U.S., it is reassuring news when organizations in the nuclear industry take steps to foster safety and protection of the public.    Read More