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Keven Moore: Think your business is to small for OSHA? Not exactly! Any company can be inspected

As a risk management and safety consultant I have learned that there is a common myth out there that OSHA can’t inspect companies with less than 10 employees — but this isn’t true. Yes OSHA is a small agency and I have heard that the odds of being randomly inspected by OSHA are once every 77 years, but that comes with some footnotes: 1- None of your employees calls in a safety complaint...

David Stumbo: Ladder work is one of the most dangerous activities — at home or at work

(David Stumbo is filling in for Keven Moore this week; Moore will be back next week with his regular ‘riskologist’ column.) I’ve noticed scores of homeowners cleaning out gutters and contractors putting fresh shingles jobs in my neighborhood lately all using one of the most universal tools in existence: the ladder. Most everyone knows what most ladders are used for: reaching higher (and...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down Week May 6-10 aims to prevent falls in construction

With the warmer weather, many new construction projects have begun and workers all across the United States have grabbed their tools, hard-hats and lunch pale and are back on the job. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees and creates nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures each year. The numbers...

Labor Cabinet conducts 23 on-site consultative surveys, saves Kentucky employers $651,000

Last month, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet conducted 23 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys” for Kentucky employers – correcting 93 serious violations that could have affected up to 1,933 employees. This resulted in saving participating companies up to $651,000 in potential enforcement penalties. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training,...

Keven Moore: Standing desk converter healthy alternative to sitting in chair all day at work

For thousands of years, the vast majority of humans spent most of their lives on their feet. Flexispot standing desk converter in Moore’s office. In the mid-20th century, however, rapid technological advances (cars, TVs, computers, etc.) began decreasing the physical activity demands, and many of us have become increasingly more sedentary. This lifestyle change can be attributed to many health...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down brings attention to incidents of fall-related injuries, deaths

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading reason for death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Accordingly, “National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction Week” begins May 8 to focus attention on this preventable probem. An OSHA study shows that a lack of proper fall protection remains...

Kentucky Labor Cabinet to conduct free OSHA training sessions in Lexington next week

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will host free OSHA training in Lexington from March 20-23. The week-long workplace safety seminar is a part of the Labor Cabinet’s Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year. Population Center Training courses are for both employers and employees and are typically given over a one-week period at each location....

Kentucky Labor Cabinet schedules free OSHA Training in Louisville Oct. 3-6

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will host free OSHA training in Louisville from Oct. 3-6. The week-long workplace safety seminar is a part of the Labor Cabinet’s Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year. “Our Population Center Training series is an opportunity for the Labor Cabinet to discuss the latest techniques and protocols in workplace...

Labor Cabinet sets free OSHA workplace training seminar for Bowling Green Aug. 8-11

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will host free OSHA training at the Holiday Inn University Plaza in Bowling Green from Aug. 8-11. The week-long workplace safety seminar is a part of the Labor Cabinet’s Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year. “We are excited to once again offer workplace safety training in Bowling Green,” Labor Cabinet...

Keven Moore: OSHA waving a bigger stick as fines could increase 80 percent for employers

Unlike the cost of a parking and speeding ticket, over the past two and half decades the amount of OSHA penalties for citations imposed on employers have not increased since 1990. For years OSHA has petitioned Congress to increase the civil penalties they can impose when an employer is cited for a safety violation.  For years the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA has made an annual pilgrimage...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Top 10 list
of freakish, true occupational fatalities

Most safety and loss control professionals are preaching the message that “all accidents are preventable.” The concept of a “Zero Accident Culture” was beaten into me at an early age in my career as I first cut my teeth for a mono-line workers compensation career.   Shhhh!   The truth of the matter is that we cannot prevent every single accident, but we must all believe that we...