Joe O'Connor

Freelance Writer

Joe O'Connor is with Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. Based in Waverly, Pa., he can be reached at 607.624.7159 or

Articles by Joe O'Connor

November 2002
Back injuries continue to plague the industry and prevention concepts must be reviewed from time to time. But before discussing back problems, an update on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) efforts on ergonomics is in order. OHSA has re-established its focus. READ MORE
September 2002
Five minutes ago you were sitting on top of the world.You just completed a bid for one of the biggest projects your company has ever had the opportunity to bid on. And, you’re in a field of your own. No one can match your expertise and pricing on this particular project. You have two hours to travel 10 miles (eight of which are highway miles) and get the bid in on time. READ MORE
July 2002
Most employers expect the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to require them to ensure hand and power tools are in safe working order and that employees know how to use them. The shock is that employers are responsible for all tools, whether an employee brings his or her own tools to work or not. READ MORE
May 2002
I have rarely come across a piece of equipment on a job site that mimics the sparkling look of a showroom model. Its use and abuse in the field does more than take away its appearance. Equipment and tools wear and can break down. It is expected. But, these breakdowns cause downtime, result in costly repair or replacement and may create hazards. READ MORE
March 2002
A typical method of selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) is to use what has always been provided, such as hard hats, safety shoes and glasses, and hearing protection (if in a loud area). For power line work, rubber-insulating gloves can be added to this list. However, this practice can be dangerous. Each job’s specific circumstances must be analyzed to ensure protection is provided. READ MORE