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Performing an Effective Incident Investigation

I am commonly asked by clients to participate in or review the thoroughness of an incident investigation. Based upon my experience, many of these incidents are incomplete and fail to accurately satisfy the objective: identify the actual root cause(s) to … Continue reading

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Couple injured after igniting gas grill inside vehicle – importance of employee safety orientation

A recent incident involved multiple injuries after a woman attempted to light a cigarette with a gas grill inside their rental SUV. Please click here for more details. Although this incident did not happen in the workplace, it illustrates the … Continue reading

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Company cited by OSHA for lamp ballast incident

According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), changing a ballast in a 277 volt circuit is the #1 cause of electrocutions for IBEW trained electricians. The combination of the shock and fall can result in serious injure/death. OSHA … Continue reading

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Arc-Rated Clothing – laundering practices

A common question is raised during my NFPA 70E electrical safety courses: what precautions are necessary for laundering arc-rated garments. A few suggestions: 1. Always follow manufacturer recommendations. 2. Do not use fabric softener or bleach. 3. Do not use … Continue reading

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FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone) Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently placed new regulations into effect regarding the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – sometimes referred to as drones. Below is a summary of key points of the new regulation. What is an unmanned … Continue reading

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OSHA Recordkeeping Standard and post-incident drug testing

I recently had a question concerning OSHA’s Recordkeeping standard with respect to employee injury reporting and discrimination by drug testing. Federal OSHA states the following: “The rule does not prohibit drug testing of employees. It only prohibits employers from using … Continue reading

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Race Report – 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

I completed the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon with one year of training. It was a great experience. Alcatraz is an iconic race – swimming 1.5 miles in frigid waters from Alcatraz to shore; bicycling 18 miles up the steep … Continue reading

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UNC Worker burned in electrical incident: January 20, 2016

On January 20, 2016 a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill employee was burned in an electrical incident and transported to the hospital. Click here for more details. Do your electrical employees wear arc-rated clothing to protect them in … Continue reading

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Lepera + Associates, PC renews Sponshorship agreement for 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

I am very pleased to announce Lepera + Associates, PC  has agreed to renew their sponsorship agreement as I prepare for the 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. I completed Escape from Alcatraz in 2015 — this will be my second time … Continue reading

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PPD Beach 2 Battleship 70.3 Triathlon: Race Report

After completing the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, I had several people ask me about my future triathlon plans. Training for Alcatraz was a challenge – a monumental swim in the frigid San Francisco Bay, followed by an 18 mile … Continue reading

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