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

May 2008
While the thick, hard bones of the skull and the surrounding membranes help protect the brain, a head injury may include an injury to the brain. The layers of protection are quite effective, since most bumps and knocks to the head cause only minor head injuries, and most times do not injure the brain. However, the skull has limits, and severe injuries can occur. READ MORE
April 2008
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published some startling statistics. Every 12 minutes, someone dies in a motor vehicle crash. An injury occurs every 10 seconds, and every five seconds, a crash occurs. Certainly, not all crashes are work related, but many of them occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. READ MORE
March 2008
On the morning of October 9, 1996, a 34-year-old male electrician apprentice was fatally injured in a fall from an extension ladder. The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (CA/FACE) was contacted to conduct an investigation. The employer was an electrical contractor that had been in the business for six years and employed 18 people. READ MORE
February 2008
Drug and alcohol problems exist at work with great frequency. The construction industry has one of the highest rates of substance abuse among full-time workers between the ages of 18 and 49 (17 percent of the construction population cur-rently uses illegal drugs, with 21 percent reporting regular heavy alcohol use). READ MORE
January 2008
Imagine working in construction with limited or no vision. Try walking across the site with your eyes closed—not easy. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates 2,000 eye injuries occur every day at work. Most of these among construction workers, and most are preventable. READ MORE
December 2007
Unless you live in a warm climate year-round, it’s time to start reviewing the proper way to deal with the cold. There are four factors that contribute to cold stress: air temperature, wind, dampness of the air and contact with water and surfaces. When these factors are in place, injuries resulting in permanent tissue damage can be common. READ MORE
November 2007
Electrical contractors find themselves in a wide range of locations, and many locations can present environmental hazards. Mold is one hazard that has received a great deal of attention. The following may help workers better understand the dangers mold can pose. READ MORE
September 2007
No one would disagree that a job site is a noisy place, so noisy that it can lead to hearing loss over time. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has named hearing loss one of 21 priority areas for research in the future. Hearing loss is 100 percent preventable. The problem is even minor hearing loss cannot be restored. READ MORE