Diane Kelly

Safety Columnist

Diane Kelly is a safety and health specialist with Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. She can be reached at 800.745.4818 or dkelly@intecweb.com.

Articles by Diane Kelly

October 2013
Even the most basic projects can turn deadly when hazards are not assessed and safety rules are not followed (regardless of the worker’s experience). While installing lights in the overhanging roof soffit of an urban transportation terminal, a 36-year-old electrician was killed when the scissor lift he was on toppled over. READ MORE
September 2013
In May 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted changes to the Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard. The goal is to align HazCom with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). READ MORE
August 2013
In June 2008, a four-person crew began work to upgrade existing 7,200-volt (V) power lines by installing new 15-kilovolt (kV) switches and removing the old switches. The crew was divided into two-person teams. The crew foreman, who was the victim, had 15 years of experience as a journeyman lineman and was paired with a fourth-year apprentice groundman at one pole. READ MORE
July 2013
Your employees work with an abundance of hand and power tools. You can help keep them safe by ensuring they are well-versed in common-sense tool safety. Although we all should know the following 10 safety tips, a review never hurts. Then again, maybe someone you know skipped these early lessons and stands a chance of injury by violating them. It happens more often than it should.
June 2013
Falls are still the top cause of serious injuries and deaths for Americans at work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 264 fall fatalities (255 of which were falls to lower levels) in the construction trades in 2010. These deaths were, for the most part, preventable. READ MORE
May 2013
The risk factors for developing a work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) involve typical body movements used over the course of the workday. READ MORE
April 2013
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Personal Protective Equipment Standard (Subpart I) includes all clothing and other workplace accessories designed to be a barrier against the potential hazards that personnel can encounter at the workplace. READ MORE
March 2013
While Injury and illness records need only be posted in the workplace from Feb. 1 until April 30, the recordkeeping is ongoing. Not only must injuries and illnesses be logged again this year and compiled in 2014, other safety and health events and activities must be recorded and maintained. Almost all of these other records fall into two basic categories: training and inspection. 
February 2013
Safety professionals often discuss the concept of a safety culture but, surprisingly, have been hard-pressed to offer a solid definition or prescription for achieving positive promotion of such a thing. The difficulty may be that a positive safety culture comprises shared and accepted attitudes, beliefs and associated behaviors. READ MORE