Monthly Archives: June 2013

Want Another Reason to Focus On Your Employees?

Many of you know, I grew up in the hills of Northwest Georgia where about 85% of the nation’s carpet is manufactured. To put it mildly, it is a non-union area. Thirty miles North lies Chattanooga, which was once a highly … Continue reading

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Employee Engagement or Involvement?

At some point we shifted the discussion from employee “involvement” to employee “engagement.”  One dictionary defines “involvement” as:  the act of taking part in an activity, event, or situation The same dictionary defines “engagement” as: the feeling of being involved … Continue reading

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Can You “App” Yourself To Safety Success?

Safety “apps” are a hot topic.  Even techno-challenged souls use apps to spot check noise, avoid heat stress, or conduct basic safety inspections.  Even OSHA announced in January, “Winners of an OSHA App Challenge.”  While recently teaching in the AGC’s … Continue reading

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Man Bites Dog – OSHA Style

OSHA enforces more whistleblower laws than any other agency and has made whistleblower protection one of its principal goals. So it grabs your attention when you read “Whistleblower Wins $820,000 Settlement Against OSHA.” OSHA’s foremost official overseeing injury record keeping … Continue reading

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Common Mistakes In OSHA Inspections

 This post is not a comprehensive  “guide” to handling OSHA Inspections, but rather is a few observations about reoccurring issues we see in OSHA inspections.  These comments are most appropriate to a fatality or more involved OSHA inspection. 1.         No matter what … Continue reading

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The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2012-13

My thanks to EHS Today Magazine for selecting Ed and me to EHS Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2012 – 2013.  We really appreciate the acknowledgement and hope that we can do even better in 2013 – 2014. The … Continue reading

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Ruminations On What makes Businesses Succeed (as if a lawyer knows!)

This post is personal, and as the introduction to DVD’s state … this post does not reflect the views of F & P, etc.  It’s a labor of love, and also a reflection of my conviction that safety is inextricably … Continue reading

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Why Is Common Sense So Uncommon?

Don’t get me wrong. I make a handsome living in part because common sense is anything but common. However, I like to prevent labor and employment problems, and I’d do anything to reduce the number of workplace deaths.  So I … Continue reading

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OSHA Gets It Right On Temporary Workers – Part II

I have been surprised to see so little commentary on the outgoing Deputy Assistant Secretary’s April 29 announcement of OSHA ramping up its focus on Temporary Workers.  Ed talked a bit earlier this week about OSHA’s new initiative and I’ll … Continue reading

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Employers Hesitate To Discipline Workers For Safety

This from BLR Workplace Safety News … June 11, 2013 Employers hesitate to discipline workers for safety A labor lawyer says discipline is essential for safety, but employers just aren’t doing it. Fisher & Phillips partner Howard Mavity cites a … Continue reading

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