Safety Messages

This page lists all issued safety messages.

Housekeeping for Safety

The orderly arrangement of work areas is vital to the safety of all workers, regardless of whether they are involved with machines and tools or with appliances and furniture. Approx. 6,000 persons are killed on the job annually in the United States, and an estimated 19,500 in home accidents. 17% of the on-the-job deaths are caused by falls. When each of us keeps their own area in order, the whole plant is a safer place to work.

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Right Tool for the Job?

A good tool that is in disrepair is as good as a rock when it comes to safety and going home to your family. Be cognizant of the conditions and choose tools wisely for the uses.

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Managing Fatigue at the Workplace

Sleep loss built up slowly over several nights can be as harmful as sleep loss in one night. Both produce slower reaction times, failure to respond to changes, and the inability to concentrate and make reasonable judgments.

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National Burn Awareness Week

The first full week of February is National Burn Awareness Week. Although very few burn injuries occur at work compared to home, the risk is still around us. Your best protection is awareness.

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LOTO – Minor Servicing Option

During day-to-day operations in the workplace, a smooth production flow is ideal. But, there are bound to be tasks that temporarily stop your production like clearing a jam, cleaning off a cutter or oiling a part. The method to fix it, when done correctly, consistently and safely, is called minor servicing.

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LOTO – More Than a Lock, Part 3

Lockout/Tagout is more than just putting a yellow lock on the main electrical disconnect to a machine or part of a machine. Knowing what and where to lockout something is critical. Prior to servicing that requires Lockout/Tagout you must evaluate the potential energy that could be released while working in that area or on a specific device.

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LOTO – More Than a Lock, Part 2

Lockout/Tagout is more than just putting a yellow lock on the main electrical disconnect to a machine or part of a machine. When you are done, there are 3 very important steps you must do when removing a machine from a Lockout/Tagout state.

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LOTO – More Than a Lock, Part 1

Lockout/Tagout is more than just putting a yellow lock on the main electrical disconnect to a machine or part of a machine. There are 7 very important steps you must do when putting Lockout/Tagout in place.

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On-the-job deaths at highest level in 12 years

5,333 workers died as a result of on-the-job injuries in 2019 – the highest number of fatalities since 2007. A systemic approach to safety ensures fatalities are never the cost of doing business. See the FREAS SharePoint page under Safety for more information on this topic and previous Weekly Safety Messages.

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Prepare for Winter Driving

Winter is here, and with it are serious driving and working dangers. From rain and ice to sleet and snow, driving in the winter requires focus and preparation.

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