Author: Ron Joseph, CUSP

Safety and Common Sense

Almost everyone in the world has heard the term “common sense.” Merriam-Webster ( offers two definitions of the term:1. Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.2. The ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. Common sense, as it applies to workplace safety, is something that a lot of people take for granted. According to, “Common sense is something that everyone has but not everyone uses. There are thousands of accidents in the workplace that could have been prevented if the...

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Fact-Finding Techniques for Incident Investigations

If you’ve been a safety professional or an operational manager for any significant amount of time, you’ve probably had your share of safety-related incidents. The most significant incidents are usually measured by their consequences. These may result in death, serious injuries, lost or restricted workday cases, OSHA recordable cases, first aid treatment, and/or equipment or property damage. Other incidents are commonly referred to as near misses, where serious consequences like the ones previously listed could potentially have occurred, but, through luck or circumstance, did not....

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Occupational Dog Bite Prevention & Safety

According to The Humane Society of the United States, there are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the country and about 40 percent of all households have at least one dog. Of course, the percentage of households with dogs is higher in suburban and rural areas than in cities, but the fact remains that dogs are nearly everywhere. Couple these statistics with the fact that most households with dogs also have electric service, and those of us who work in the transmission and distribution departments of electric utility companies have a potential problem. OSHA would consider dogs a recognized...

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