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

  • Thunderstorms

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.
February 2016
In recent years, ladder-related injuries have been on the rise. It is estimated that more than 90,000 people are hospitalized annually as a result. Additionally, roughly 700 occupational deaths are attributed each year to elevated falls. Fortunately, most of these accidents can be prevented by following some basic safety protocols.
January 2016
The likelihood of getting inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is pretty low. In fact, each year, state and federal agencies conduct roughly only 100,000 job site inspections. Regardless, it’s still important to create a safe work environment free from occupational hazards and to be prepared should an inspection occur.
January 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has once again set some aggressive policy goals for the year to come. However, much like the recent past, the intentions are likely to fall short. In reality, the agency is staring down some serious cutbacks as a result of the political and financial climate.
December 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has had general industry and shipyard standards regulating work in confined spaces for years. Those regulations require employers to determine which safety measures and procedures must be established for work to occur. READ MORE