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Safety Topics was developed to provide safety meeting topics for organizations that are targeting zero injuries in their workplace. Safety awareness is a key factor in preventing injuries and Safety Topics is here to help. If you are a supervisor, manager or safety specialist in your company, finding safety topics to present to your workforce can be a time consuming task, save time by using safety topics written by Carl Potter.

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Safety Topics takes a moment for those who lost loved ones in 2013

It is likely that we will see somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 workplace fatalities in 2013 once all the reports are in.  Many families will have a permanently empty place at the table and it will be a tough Christmas… Continue reading

Willful Acts Lead to Six Killed, Fourteen Injured, and fines by OSHA of $313,000.00 and $84,000.00

Failure to recognize workplace hazards lead to human suffering, and we can avoid this suffering by recognizing the hazards that lead to injuries.  Safety Topics found that OSHA has once again made that point with fines levied on two construction… Continue reading

I Thought I was Safe

Safety Topics presents; A little story I heard from a worker…

I was called into our plant manager’s office to discuss my latest injury.  During the previous week, I had to go to the emergency room for the third time… Continue reading

Don’t Get All Tied Up

Recently a participant shared this photo with me following a hazard workshop.  Besides working in the petroleum refinery he is also a farmer where safety topics are rarely discussed.  During the harvest he tangled with the drive shaft of a… Continue reading

Three-Points About Step-Ladders

As one of the safety topics during my hazard recognition workshop we discuss ladders, and I am amazed at the answer to the following question:

“When working on a step ladder and your feet are more than 4’ off the… Continue reading

Safety Alert: E-Cigarettes Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Just today a report that an e-cigarette exploded while being recharged, proof that smoking is hazardous.  Recently, I was conducting a Hazard Recognition and Control Workshop when one of the students “lit-up.”  At first I was shocked to see smoke… Continue reading

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Compressed gas cylinders can be a deadly hazard in the workplace when handled improperly.  Many cylinders contain pressures in excess of 2000 pounds per square inch (PSI) that can cause them to become a rocket and making this one of… Continue reading

Ladder to Heaven

My buddy Lee Burk walked into the church last week and observed a hazard on the stage.  We might call this one the ladder to heaven, or OMG, a Hazard.  If this where an industrial setting a rule would be… Continue reading

Workplace Violence and Bullies Don’t Help Improve the Safety Culture

In 2012 4,547 workers were killed on the job in the United States.  Of that number, 506 were homicides, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), Homicide is the leading cause of death for… Continue reading

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Last week during my travels I observed these workers on ladders at my hotel.  As I approached he and his buddy I said, “Sure hope you don’t fall, that could lead to a serious injury.”  All he could do was… Continue reading