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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.

Reducing Slips, Trips, & Falls While Mounting or Dismounting Equipment

| July 6, 2021

Safety Recommendations to Protect Your Team

One of the top leading causes of workplace injuries is slip, trip, and falls. Heavy equipment operators are commonly exposed to these injuries while mounting or dismounting equipment. To avoid slip, trip, and fall injuries it is important to recognize the hazards and know how to protect yourself. 

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Lightning Strikes in the Oil and Gas Industry

| June 22, 2021

8 Engineering Controls to Mitigate Property Exposures

Did you know that the oilfield regions of Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico have some of the highest rates of lightning density in the world? Lightning strikes to tanks and oilfield production equipment can be costly: equipment damage, explosions, worker injuries, spills, and production shutdowns.

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Speed Management

| June 17, 2021

Fast Tips to Slow Down

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, 9,378 people were killed due to speeding. Not only is speeding dangerous, but there's a high price to pay for driving over the speed limit. A ticket may result in a large fine, missed work to go to court, and increased insurance rates. Speeding can also have long-term effects on the condition of your vehicle. We all know the dangers of speeding. What can you do to prevent it?

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Poison Ivy

| June 8, 2021

Tips to Prevent and Treat Exposure

Did you know that according to the CDC, poison ivy grows in every state except Alaska and Hawaii? Given its widespread existence, most people will be exposed to this poison plant at least once, if not often in their lives. According to the American Skin Association, poison ivy affects as many as 50 million Americans each year. Although some may not be allergic, 85% of people experience physical reactions such as rashes, swelling, and blisters.

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Tough Brake

| May 25, 2021

Safety Insights to Prevent Out-of-Service Violations

According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, out-of-adjustment brakes and brake system violations combine to represent half of all out-of-service violations issued for commercial vehicles on the road. Brake systems that are improperly installed or poorly maintained can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of commercial motor vehicles, creating a serious safety risk. In fact, brakes were listed in FMCSA's top 20 Out-of-Service Violations.

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Skidder Good Managment Practices

| May 4, 2021

Practices to Keep You Safe on the Job

According to OSHA, next to felling, skidding is the most dangerous part of a logging operation. Skidding hazards include moving equipment, moving and rolling logs, cable releases, cable-related cuts and punctures, and rollovers. Good communication and safe work practices must be followed to get the timber to the loading area safely. Follow these good management practices for skidding.

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