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Timely briefs on topics specific to the industries BITCO serves. Subjects include worker safety, worksite hazards, best practices, new research, industry updates, regulations, public liability, property protection and more.

Working In and/or Around Schools

| September 27, 2022

Recommended Safety Practices for School Construction Sites

School is back in session, which means when working in and/or around schools, there are many things to consider beyond typical crew safety. You have public safety of paramount importance, and even more specifically, children. You must consider much more than you would if working on an open site. The unique attributes that make up risk control in these areas can create a successful project with proper mindfulness. Remember, just like in residential areas, there are an increased number of people who may be more curious and unaware of the exposures present on a job site. Review these recommended practices to help create a safe work environment for everyone.

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Driver Safety for Log Truck Drivers

| September 6, 2022

6 Reminders to Prevent Logging Truck Accidents

Vehicle injuries are often the leading cause of death in all industry workplace fatalities. Log trucks are some of the most challenging types of trucks to drive, and if driven irresponsibly, can be dangerous to both the log truck driver and other drivers on the road. Refresh yourself on these six recommendations to stay safe on the road and prevent accidents.

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Slips and Falls in the Logging Industry

| August 23, 2022

Good Practices to Keep on Your Feet and Stay on the Job

Slips and trips are common causes of workplace injuries. The CDC reports in 2019, 27% of nonfatal work injuries that lead to days away from work were due to slips, trips, and falls. The logging industry is no exception. Continue reading to learn more about common hazards of slips and falls in the logging industry and good practices to keep your crew safe.

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Lockout/Tagout for the Oilfield

| August 2, 2022

Prevent Injuries and Fatalities from Uncontrolled Energy Release

There often seems to be some confusion on the control of hazardous energy, also known as Lockout/Tagout or LO/TO. Directly in the OSHA 1910 General Industry, under the scope of applications, it mentions the standard does not cover Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing. Anyone looking for safety rules will typically look at OSHA first. If they see something is exempt, their search might stop there.

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Warning! Beware of Ticks

| July 19, 2022

Tick Protection and Prevention

Did you know that Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the United States? Each year, an estimated 30,000 cases are reported, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outdoor workers who work in certain areas are more at risk for tick-related diseases and should protect themselves.

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Personal Protective Equipment for Loggers

| July 5, 2022

Heat Exhaustion - Water 

Most of the time, when listening to a safety topic concerning Personal Protective Equipment, most think of items such as hard hats, hi-visibility vests or shirts, gloves, eye protection, hearing, and footwear related to the type of industry you are working. However, PPE can be in the form of anything that provides protection - whether on a construction or timber harvesting work site, in sawmill manufacturing, or simply in a remote forestry setting. PPE is also relevant to environmental conditions. During this time of the year, temperatures start to soar from the mid to high heat ranges, even starting early mornings in some locations.

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