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 toconnor@intecweb.com.

Articles by Tom O'Connor

July 2015
The dog days of summer are upon us. It is vacation season, and employees are likely to spend more time outdoors on home-improvement projects and other leisure activities. With so much emphasis on job safety, it’s easy to forget that most injuries and illnesses actually happen away from work. READ MORE
June 2015
Powered industrial trucks cause approximately 100 fatalities and more than 35,000 serious injuries every year. It is estimated that as many as 25 percent of all accidents involving this type of equipment can be attributed to lack of training. As a result, proper hazard awareness and recognition when operating powered industrial trucks can help drastically reduce these types of incidents.
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May 2015
At many workplaces, driving is a part of everyday life. Unfortunately, more than 1,700 people are killed in occupation-related transportation accidents every year—roughly 40 percent of all on-the-job fatalities. However, safety precautions can be taken to help reduce the number of incidents.
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May 2015
Conducting preventative maintenance on a car is much more effective and less costly than making repairs after it breaks down. The same goes for occupational safety. Unfortunately, for many years, employers have used lagging indicators as their safety strategy. READ MORE
  • Dickies Workwear Antrim Super Safety Boot has a steel toe cap and a midsole.
April 2015
Electrocutions are consistently one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and are a daily hazard for electricians and linemen. As such, various forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) can be worn to prevent direct contact with live wires or energized equipment. This type of PPE ranges from protective gloves to cover-ups to nonconductive sleeves. It also includes protective footwear.
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March 2015
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 25 people are killed and many others are injured each year in accidents involving aerial lifts. This includes scissor lifts and boom-supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry pickers. This equipment is indispensable to electricians, linemen and wiremen, but it is important to be aware of the hazards associated with them.
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February 2015
On a daily basis, we hear sounds and noise in our environment from a variety of sources, such as television, radio, household appliances and traffic. However, these everyday sounds are usually at a safe volume. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that, annually, 30 million people are exposed to hazardous occupational noise. READ MORE
February 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is gearing up for some aggressive policy goals in the coming year. Its regulatory agenda furthers progress on a series of existing initiatives and some new areas of focus. READ MORE
January 2015
Moving materials around a work site is part of everyday life for an electrician or wireman. Unfortunately, the simple acts of pushing, pulling and lifting objects are extremely hazardous when they are not executed properly. Far too often, they result in costly injuries. However, abiding by some basic safety protocols can help minimize some of these on-the-job hazards.
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