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Kyle Meinert

Recent Posts by Kyle Meinert:

Prevent Falls in Construction by Joining in for Safety Stand-Down 2016

Did you know that fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers? In 2014, over 337 of the 874 construction deaths were attributed to falls, all of which were preventable. Employers, I invite you to join in Safety Stand-Down by discussing with your employees how proper safety standards can help eliminate preventable work injuries and fatalities. 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

After the Dust Settles: OSHA's Final Rule on Crystalline Silica

Workplace illnesses tragically take the lives of thousands of workers each year. OSHA recently took steps to fight back against the many diseases impacting America's workforce with its final ruling on crystalline silica. This ruling targets the deadly exposure of crystalline silica and estimates saving over 600 lives and preventing more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year. Since the final ruling, many legal challenges have come forth. 

Topics: Construction

Are You Protecting Your Temp Workers?

 

Temporary or permanent, all workers have a right to a safe and healthy work place. Each year fatal accidents occur due to a number of avoidable instances caused by their work environment. Looking a little deeper into these unfortunate losses, one key demographic always pops up. The temporary worker.

 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

When OSHA Comes Knocking in Trucking

It's no secret that many transportation professionals might consider an OSHA visit about as likely as a visit from Santa Claus. After all, your greatest concern in terms of regulations and compliance is the Department of Transportation, not OSHA. 

If you are one of those people, you are certainly not alone; but $156,000 says that I can change your mind by the end of this blog. 

OSHA Fines Increase for the First Time in 25 Years

The status quo in OSHA safety compliance is about to be seriously challenged. 

For the first time in a quarter century, OSHA will in 2016 increase its fines for safety violations. This unwelcome surprise came as a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015. Section 701 of the Bill, entitled the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, allows OSHA to increase its fines based on inflation where it was previously exempt from doing so.  

5 Questions on the New Confined Space Safety Regulations in Construction

KYLE MEINERT
Risk Advisor at HNI 

Confined spaces have long been recognized as a large exposure in many industries. Most of this exposure, however, is controlled with proper planning.

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

Summer Heat Safety: Declare WARS on Heat Illness!

KYLE MEINERT
Risk Advisory AT HNI

OSHA has published its main initiatives this year for preventing injuries at the workplace. In this list is a timely topic: heat safety.

According to the CDC around 700 individuals succumb to all that is Mother Nature during these hot summer months. The common thing in all of these cases?  They are 100 percent controllable.

It is our responsibility to educate our workers to make sure that they do not fall into one of these statistics!

Topics: Safety / Compliance

It’s National Safe Digging Month – Remind Employees About this Risk!

KYLE MEINERT
Risk Advisor at HNI

April’s not just the month before “May Flowers” – it’s also National Safe Digging Month.

Auditing a Workplace Safety Manual: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

KYLE MEINERT
HNI Risk Advisor

When I take on new health and safety advisory clients, one of my first tasks is auditing their workplace safety manual.

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

Deadline to Share OSHA Incidents with Employees on Feb. 1

KYLE MEINERT
HNI Risk Advisor

A compliance deadline is around the corner for most businesses. OSHA Form 300A or (aka 300 annual summary) is the form that communicates and summarizes the past year's OSHA incidents, and it needs to be decking the halls of your business very soon!

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing