Using Battery-powered Tools

Tips for operating these tools safely Battery-powered tools, sometimes referred to as cordless tools, can provide convenience when traveling to different job sites. Amid continued technological advancements, battery-powered tools are becoming more powerful and efficient, allowing employees like you to perform a range of tasks with ease. As these tools become increasingly available and more… Read more »

Eliminate Back Pain

Use proper lifting techniques Lifting is such a common activity that people often forget that there is a right way to do it. In fact, lower back injuries are the most common work-related injury and can cause a lifetime of pain. Learning to lift properly today will help you to avoid back pain tomorrow. Proper… Read more »

Managing Workplace Stress

Focus on what you can control Many Americans consider their jobs to be stressful. While specific sources of stress and the way we deal with them differ from person to person, many of us especially struggle to cope with factors that are out of our control. Common job stressors include heavy workloads, pressure to perform,… Read more »

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

While physical exercise is known to be good for your body, it also can help your mind.  Research continues to validate that exercise can improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative moods.  When you include exercise as part of your everyday routine, you will be reaping both physical and mental well-being benefits. People… Read more »

Common Sense and Safety

Serious accidents can happen when you take safety for granted. Consider this situation: a man was adding fuel to his lawnmower. He poured some gasoline, then took a step back with the open fuel can in his hand. Meanwhile, his neighbor walked up behind him with a lit cigarette. The can touched the cigarette and… Read more »

Avoiding Winter Slips and Falls

Winter months present additional hazards that employees like you typically don’t encounter during warmer weather. Specifically, amid snowy and icy conditions, you may run the risk of experiencing major slips or falls, which could lead to serious injuries. Consider the following recommendations to prevent slip and fall injuries this winter: Wear the proper footwear that… Read more »

How to Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls

1. Practice good housekeeping Wipe up spills, and keep walkways, steps and exits clear. Do not run extension cords across walkways. If you have to, secure them to the floor. Keep desk and file cabinet drawers closed when you’re not using them. Otherwise, unsuspecting co-workers might trip over them. 2. Move safely and avoid horseplay… Read more »

How to Lift and Move Boxes Safely

Step 1. Size up the load Make sure the load is stable, balanced and light enough for you to safely lift. If it is not, get help or use a dolly or some other lift aid. Step 2. Plan the job Find a route that is free of slip and trip hazards. Figure out where… Read more »

Avoiding Pinch Point Injuries

It is a common misconception that pinch injuries cannot be serious. In fact, pinch point injuries can be deadly, and they are one of the most common types of on-the-job accidents. Pinch point hazards are particularly difficult to guard against because they are everywhere. In many cases, they cannot be prevented by using engineering controls… Read more »

First Aid Basics

An accident requires prompt action to help employees who are injured. For example, if you are in the company of one of your co-workers who trips and starts bleeding, your knowledge of simple first aid basics may be essential. Bleeding Should you or a co-worker receive a cut, the most important action is to stop… Read more »