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

July 2011
It's obvious that work sites are dangerous places, but the present dangers may not be apparent. The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard and its associated program are in place to keep you and your employees informed about the chemicals you may work with or around and the necessary associated training. Well-trained employees make better, knowledgeable decisions and work more safely. READ MORE
June 2011
As the weather warms up, workers face many potential hazards, not all of which are directly work/task-related. In addition to traditional safety concerns on the job site, nature throws in hazards that endanger our employees. The risks from ticks (and the diseases they carry), venomous spiders and snakes exist in virtually every state. READ MORE
May 2011
Accidents involving electricity are common. All electricians should review the basic electrical hazard accident--prevention measures. It’s important to ensure the following five protective methods are in place. READ MORE
April 2011
Sixteen percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009 were in some way distraction-related. The number of fatalities involving blood alcohol content above the legal limit has dropped; however, the number of traffic fatalities has remained steady. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) feels that this is, at least in part, because distracted driving is on the rise. READ MORE
March 2011
Most of us take our hands for granted; we assume they’ll always be there and will function correctly whenever we need them. Although computerized technology rules much of our everyday life, construction is still a hands-on occupation. Because of this fact, construction workers’ hands, wrists and forearms are at risk for serious injury. READ MORE
February 2011
It’s that time of year when the average temperature has dropped. No matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you experience a sometimes dramatic dip in temperature. What “extreme cold” means varies across the country. READ MORE
January 2011
Safety training is a fact of life for employers. It is essential for several reasons: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates it, and more importantly, offering safety training is the right thing to do. Therefore, employers might as well put in the effort and do it in a manner that best benefits their employees. READ MORE
December 2010
Electrical safety is a topic worth discussing repeatedly. Both government and private organizations cover it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed regulations addressing electrical hazards. READ MORE
November 2010
The personal fall arrest system (PFAS) is one of the most common types of fall protection used on job sites. PFAS refers to many different combinations of anchors, harnesses and connecting devices. The anchor point, sometimes referred to as the tie-off point, is where a connecting device is attached. It must be able to support 5,000 pounds of pressure or twice the load it is expected to support. READ MORE