Tom O'Connor

Safety Manager

Tom O'Connor is safety and regulatory affairs manager for Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. He has significant experience working with national and international trade associations with an expertise in government affairs. Reach him at

Articles by Tom O'Connor

November 2016
In recent years, the number of counterfeit consumer safety products and electronic components has grown exponentially in the United States. The problem has become so widespread that counterfeit airplane parts were even found in Air Force One. The threat of encountering imposters in the workplace is probable. READ MORE
October 2016
Every day, More than 2,000 people incur job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. It is estimated that proper eye and face protection can prevent 90 percent of these injuries. Employers should be vigilant in promoting eye and face safety through training, awareness campaigns and personal protective equipment (PPE). READ MORE
September 2016
For this month’s safety column, I interviewed John Garbarino, director of marketing for Leviton’s commercial and industrial business division. Based in Melville, N.Y., Leviton manufactures wiring devices and lighting energy management systems, provides network and data center connectivity solutions, and develops security and automation applications.
August 2016
Falling objects such as tools, people and other materials are major work site hazards throughout the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates this hazard causes more than 50,000 injuries and 200 deaths each year. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stringent fall-protection regulations that apply to tools, work materials and people. READ MORE
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July 2016
Every year, preventable, weather-related injuries and deaths occur both on and off the job. With the summer storm season in full swing, employers and employees must educate themselves about the dangers associated with thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Doing so will help to protect people and property from Mother Nature’s wrath.
June 2016
Slips, trips and falls are leading causes of death in the workplace. In addition, they account for more than 1 million hospital visits nationwide each year, resulting in thousands of disabling injuries. Many of these incidents can be prevented by adhering to some basic safety protocols. READ MORE
May 2016
On March 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule, updating the more than 40-year-old standard addressing respirable crystalline silica exposure limits and other silica-related hazards. The rule will take effect on June 23, 2016, with enforcement beginning in the construction industry one year after that effective date. READ MORE
April 2016
Wiremen and linemen face more than twice the mortality rate of police officers or firefighters. Due to being in a confined position, many deaths and injuries occur while workers are on top of utility poles and in elevated bucket trucks. Therefore, in case a fellow wireman or lineman is injured, it is critical to be well-versed in appropriate rescue techniques.
March 2016
Head injuries account for thousands of on-the-job injuries and many preventable fatalities each year. Struck-by hazards are also one of the leading types of occupational injuries in the construction industry. In addition, falling objects are responsible for more than one-third of all head-related incidents in the workplace.