Combating Jobsite Complacency with Safe Behaviors

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Imagine there is a crane operator who goes to climb a cab ladder, a task he’s done hundreds of times. But this time, he forgot to maintain three points of contact and slips on the second rung. The operator falls and breaks his leg, and now can’t work for eight weeks. Sound familiar? Most injuries are rarely caused by the tasks typically associated with danger. In reality, most accidents are the result of common hazards workers face on a daily basis. Frequently, it boils down to what the injured party would call a thoughtless mistake, such as forgetting to wear...

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National Safety Month: Safe Driving Tips in Work Zones

June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out the previous weekly post to read about this year's safety month series. Did you know there are more than 250 active roadway work zones scheduled throughout the state of Minnesota for the 2018 construction season? (Source) From my vantage as the Transportation Market Division Leader at Braun Intertec, I see that our coworkers and clients are frequently on the front lines of active work zones where...

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Safe Behaviors: Empowering our Employees to Take Action

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June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out last week's post and stay tuned for the next post in this safety series. Promoting Job Site Awareness At Braun Intertec we encounter potentially hazardous situations on the job every day. Whether it’s out on a job site in Texas, in the oil fields of North Dakota or a high-rise building in Minnesota, we always need to be aware of our surroundings. Not just for...

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Protecting our Employee Owners from Heat-Related Illness

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June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check out last week's post and stay tuned for next week's post in this safety series. Outside of the workplace, warmer weather may bring a feeling of excitement. After all, it opens a window of opportunities for outdoor activities to partake in such as relaxing at the pool, long bike rides, softball leagues, etc. However, an unfortunate reality we face, especially in the workplace, is that with...

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Job Site Safety: 7 Things to Know Before You Go

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June is National Safety month, and in observance of this important topic we will post a new article each week in June that focuses on safety to promote a safe and healthy workplace. Check back next week for the next post in this safety series. Planning for any Scenario One of the most important things we do at Braun Intertec is create a safe and healthy work environment. As an employee-owned company full of field technicians, environmental scientists, engineers and more, we encounter hazardous situations in our work every day. Whether on a job site, a drill rig, in our...

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How’s That Back? Understanding and Preventing Back Injuries

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Many back injuries are caused by incorrect lifting techniques, and while most of us have heard the advice about lifting objects with the legs instead of the back, many still continue to lift incorrectly because they don’t experience any immediate back pain. It’s important to remember that back injuries are usually cumulative, developing gradually over time. So while someone may not feel any pain after lifting a heavy object one day, another day they may experience a sudden back spasm and intense pain after simply lifting a light object. Get to Know Your Back Understanding is one step to prevention....

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Cold Stress: Avoiding the Hazards of Extreme Cold

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Working outdoors or just being outside in cold weather is often unavoidable, but avoiding the hazards associated with sinking temperatures is possible. By knowing the signs and symptoms of cold stress you can protect yourself and keep an eye out for others. What is Cold Stress?                  Cold stress varies across different areas of the country. Whenever outside temperatures drop decidedly below normal and wind speeds increase, valuable heat can rapidly leave your body. How cold is too cold? Temperature aside, it’s when the body is unable to warm itself. While it’s common...

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Housekeeping, an Ounce of Prevention

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To the trained eye, one look around a workspace or jobsite is usually all it takes to determine how safe it is. Leaving equipment, waste, or trash laying around is an accident waiting to happen. Whereas housekeeping, or picking up after yourself during a shift can make a world of difference. Housekeeping may sound like a menial task, but in reality, it’s an important and necessary measure to saving time, money, and lives. With this understanding, an ounce of prevention is worth way more than a pound of cure. Clean Spaces Reduce Risk The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...

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Tips for Fire Safety: Using Fire Extinguishers

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Each year in mid-October, the U.S. and Canada both observe National Fire Prevention Week with a goal of recognizing the dangers posed by fires and emphasizing the importance of fire prevention and preparation. Here’s some information on something we have seen in movies or on TV, but rarely talk about in our everyday lives: how and when to use a fire extinguisher. We all recognize the iconic red containers, fire extinguishers, hanging on the walls in various places around our offices, jobsites and other public buildings. But do you know how and when to use one? How do you decide...

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Driving Safe: Are You Paying Attention?

When dealing with workplace safety, transportation accidents typically aren’t the first job hazard that comes to mind. However, more than 38 percent of annual worker injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, during the workday or while commuting to and from work. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study reported that nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Primary causes of driver inattention are cell phone use and drowsiness. Some other high-risk distractions include reaching for objects, insects, writing or typing, applying makeup, eating and...

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