In the previous post, I discussed OSHA relative to its reliability as a standard on which to judge the applicability of safety concepts. One way of looking at the field of safety is how to implement OSHA standards effectively, comprehensively, intelligently, and organically. With any type of measurement, whether quantitative with a ruler or qualitative … More Systemic Organizational Failure Root Cause: Safety as a Standard, Part 2
Systems Thinking generally is evaluating a larger thing by not just the function of individual parts but also how they interact as a whole. “Thing” can be just about anything; we are interested in the multi-dimensional interaction of people, equipment, government, environment, and money flow that comprises a single organization’s place in its market. These … More Systemic Organizational Failure Root Cause: Safety as a Standard, Part 1
ACS Engineers, Elizabeth Jensen and Edward Jensen, share insights with a peer reviewed journal article into how to evaluate an operator’s manual based on our experience in engineering & safety!
Now is the time to start planning for students and how they safely travel to/from home in the fall. Prior to the annual time change, Nov 7th, sunrise is at 7:39AM. This means that most high school and elementary school students will be walking or riding bicycles to school in the dark and during twilight, … More ACS Safety Note: Student Safety
What exactly constitutes a “competent person” … More Safety+Health Magazine: Competent Person
A contractor was attempting to survey roof damage from a storm. As he climbed the ladder provided by the property owner, he fell on reaching the top of the ladder while attempting to step off onto the roof. An ACS expert was assigned to investigate. The fiberglass extension ladder was rented while lacking foot pads. … More From the Archives: Ladder Safety #2
Being that humans are creatures of habit, an uneven stairwell challenges users, even those grown familiar with asymmetries in construction. The most critical components of a stairwell to avoid becoming a tripping or slipping hazard include a decent (and uniform) tread and riser value. In the case of International Building Code specifications, this is 11 … More Stairwells and the Codes
There are various models that emphasize different components that combined into an accident. While Heinrich’s Axioms of Industrial Safety are most widely applied, there are others that target relationships among the contributing factors to an injury. As a brief introduction, I’d like to share a few of our investigations and a model that aligns with … More Incidents & Accident Models
The article below describes OSH research approaches to deal with the fact that if a safety program is working effectively, then nothing happens. How do you measure savings from non-events to justify the costs of an OSH program? The experts at ACS Engineering & Safety have years of experience investigating failures, fires, and accidents. Almost … More Researching Safety From Experience
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