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New safety initiatives can take a lot of time and energy, but sometimes the most effective initiatives are some of the simplest. If you’re looking for ways to improve workplace safety in the coming year, visual communication is a good place to start. Having effective visuals can make people more comfortable doing their jobs, and as an added bonus, well-made visuals often make a facility look more professional.

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“What I do on my time doesn’t have any impact on my job.” At first glance, it may seem like what one does outside of the workplace doesn’t have any affect on their job or ability to be a good employee, and isn’t any of their employer’s business. However, every area of our lives has a domino effect on other areas, and there are beneficial, simple changes we can make that will improve our lifestyle, which in turn can improve our work life.

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8:50 am, Monday morning – Your phone rings. You pick up. A lead supervisor reports: “One of our employees is injured. Apparently, he was not wearing his safety glasses during a crate assembly operation and something struck him in the left eye. We have called emergency management services and the ambulance is on the way.”

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Some say leaders are born and not made. Others say leaders are those that serve. In material handling capacities, good leadership is instrumental in tackling the toughest assignments in the most difficult circumstances. Are your Area Supervisors, safety conscience? If you find workplace incidents on the rise, there is no reason to be discouraged.

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Compared to most people, construction workers are more vulnerable to hazards. For example, falls account for 48.9% of fatal injuries in the private construction sector, according to 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Falls can also cost as much as $106,000 per employee, based on numbers crunched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Consequently, it's important to implement fall prevention measures in construction sites. You’ll reassure your workers that their lives aren’t at risk, and you can be assured you won’t have to deal with troublesome legal issues.

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