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Protect Yourself

By Elevator World | September 1, 2017

Injuries affect more than just your employees; they hurt your bottom line. Maintaining a safe environment for employees, contractors and other visitors to your facility or jobsite is an essential element of risk management, particularly for those within the elevator industry. According to studies from OSHA, for every dollar spent on safety programs, businesses can…

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A Trend of Strict Enforcement

By Elevator World | June 1, 2014

To improve safety and health, OSHA continues to prefer swinging the stick over dangling the carrot. With OSHA’s 2014 fiscal year more than 50% complete (its 2015 fiscal year begins October 1), and with due respect to Led Zeppelin, the song remains the same. Enforcement continues to be OSHA’s emphasis, and with ever-decreasing attention (and…

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How to Avoid OSHA Pitfalls

By Elevator World | July 1, 2013

Employers in the elevator and escalator industry take many precautions to protect their workers against safety hazards known to exist in the trade. One important step taken by most industry companies is to have a written safety and health program, containing safe work rules, which, if followed, should prevent employees from being exposed to the…

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Fatal Elevator Accident Inquest

By Elevator World | November 1, 2012

The death of an industry worker on the jobsite is examined. Following my column in Elevation 71 titled “Not our Finest Month,” I was contacted by a number of people in the industry who asked about the second accident I described in the article. The common response was that the industry needs to learn from…

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Lockout/Tagout Can Be Required More Than You Think

By Elevator World | March 1, 2012

A look at a fundamental safety rule service mechanics must consider when working on elevator equipment: the control of hazardous energy, more commonly known as lockout/tagout procedures. Given that this issue focuses on machines, motors and pumps, it is fitting to look at one of the most fundamental safety rules any service mechanic must consider…

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The OSHA Arc Flash Dance

By Elevator World | November 1, 2011

The conflict between what OSHA and the industry define as “appropriate” standards is examined. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created OSHA. Its purpose was to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for employees by creating and enforcing occupational safety and health standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance. The standards, along…

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Read the Label

By Elevator World | April 1, 2011

By Jeffrey Sargent Provisions were added to NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC) and NFPA 70E® requiring that labels on electrical equipment convey an important safety message to employees who have to examine, adjust, service or maintain energized electrical equipment. Reading those labels is akin to a consumer reading a product label: They tell what…

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The Real Clout of Consensus Standards

By Elevator World | March 1, 2011

This article tries to answer some nagging questions regarding company compliance with consensus standards. by Paul Waters Over the past two years or so, I have received many questions from companies about compliance with so-called “consensus standards” such as NFPA 70E, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s standard for electrical safety in the workplace. Companies…

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