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

January 2013
in our industry, accidents often involve electricity. Beyond the risk of shock and electrocution, electricity generates extreme heat and arc flashes, which can cause fires. Because of this relationship, we should always ensure we perform our electrical work in a manner that complies with the appropriate standards and codes to prevent fires and fire hazards.
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December 2012
We’re all aware of distracted driving and the dangers it can create for everyone on the road. What about distracted walking? During spring 2012, a popular online video featured a woman walking through a mall while texting. It’s nothing noteworthy until she falls into the mall’s fountain. This is a great example of distracted walking. READ MORE
November 2012
Recently, OSHA released some startling statistics: it only takes one second to hit the ground from a height of 16 feet, and more than half of the fatal falls in construction are from heights of less than 25 feet. So a fall can happen in a blink of an eye and can be serious. READ MORE
October 2012
Since the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, or HazCom 2012) passed into law in March, many have discussed the modifications and impact on workers worldwide. One of the areas of major change involves the labeling of hazardous chemicals used at the work site. READ MORE
September 2012
Ergonomics and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are hot-button topics in workplace safety. As a branch of science that focuses on equipment design to minimize operator fatigue and discomfort while maximizing productivity, ergonomics configures the most comfortable fit between the worker, the equipment and the job. READ MORE
August 2012
One may encounter many different types of electric vehicles on a job site or at the workplace—e.g., forklifts, pallet trucks, golf carts and even Segways. They all run on batteries that must be periodically recharged, a process that has many safety considerations. It isn’t just an issue for workplace electric vehicles either. READ MORE
July 2012
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) first issued its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1983. It was designed to ensure employees receive information about the health and physical hazards of the chemicals in their workplace and about how to protect themselves. READ MORE
June 2012
In the United States, more than 1 million people over the age of 40 are blind, and an additional 2.4 million are visually impaired to some degree. Many may take vision for granted, but it is vital to your livelihood. The right personal protective equipment (PPE) can go a long way toward protecting your eyesight while on the job. READ MORE
May 2012
It would seem obvious that using portable metal ladders around live electrical components is dangerous. However, statistics indicate that not everyone gets it. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified at least 154 electrocutions between 1992 and 2005 resulting from portable metal ladders that came in contact with overhead power lines. READ MORE

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