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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.

Heat Stress Concerns for Oil & Gas Workers

| June 21, 2022

Beat the Heat with Our Recommended Job Site Practices

What Is Heat Stress, How Does It Happen, and Who Is Affected? 

Each year, thousands of employees become sick from heat exposure while on the job. Oil and gas workers are no exception, as they often get exposed to high temperatures and humidity at the job site. Heat stress occurs when a worker's body temperature rises above safe limits. When the body can't control its temperature, the body temperature rises, sweating fails, and the heart rate increases.

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Tornado Safety at the Job Site

| June 7, 2022

Recommendations to Prepare Your Business and Employees

Tornadoes are the most unpredictable and destructive weather systems on Earth and can occur at any time of day and any time of year. In 2021, there were 1,376 tornadoes and 103 deaths in the United States, compared with 1,082 in 2020 with 76 deaths, according to preliminary data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There is no guaranteed safety during a tornado, but you can take steps to prepare your employees. The more prepared a business and its employees are, the higher the chances of survival.

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National Electrical Safety Month

| May 10, 2022

Don't Be Shocked. Here's What You Need to Know.

Between 1992 and 2020, The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reports a total of 86,648 non-fatal electrical injuries involving days away from work. While electrical hazards are fatal and costly, they are preventable. In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, protect yourself and your employees – understand the danger and control the risk.

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Construction Crews Working at Night

| May 3, 2022

Recommended Practices for Construction Safety Week

According to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, between 2017-2019, 33.4 percent of fatal work zone crashes happened in urban areas during nighttime. In honor of Construction Safety Week, we must come together to build a stronger, safer industry. If your crew is working at night, check out these recommended practices.

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Heads Up! Falling Object Prevention and Protection

| April 26, 2022

Recommendations for Scaffolding Safety

Gravity never fails in the construction industry. An object as small as a bolt falling from above can cause severe injury or death. According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, in 2020, there were 217 fatal injuries due to employees getting struck by falling objects or equipment. Learn more about the risks and what you can do to protect your workers from falling objects.

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Jobsite Vehicle and Equipment Theft Prevention

| April 12, 2022

Need to Know Practices to Keep Your Valuable Assets Away from Criminals

Did you know that the number of equipment thefts corresponds with peak construction periods? The number of risks and exposures for vehicle and equipment theft grow as temperatures rise, the days get longer, and equipment activity increases. Continue reading to learn why construction and industrial job sites are enticing to thieves and how to keep your valuable assets out of the hands of criminals.

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