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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.

A Burning Issue: The Hazards of Oil Rags and How to Prevent Combustible Waste Fires

| September 26, 2023

Recommendations for Fire Hazard Risk Assessment, Fire Prevention, and Training

Workers who drill or service oil wells handle a variety of hazardous materials, which are often highly combustible. The most common type of spontaneous combustion fires is those caused by improperly disposed combustible fluid or oil-soaked rags. Continue reading to learn our recommendations for fire hazard risk assessment, fire prevention, and training on oil rags and combustible waste.

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Hard Hats 101

| August 29, 2023

How to Choose, Use, and Maintain Your Gear

Wearing a hard hat is a crucial aspect of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to protect the head from potential injuries in hazardous workplaces. However, simply wearing a hard hat is not enough to ensure safety. Proper care, replacement, and use are all critical to maximizing the hat's effectiveness.

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Common Construction Tools, Equipment, & Materials Handling Techniques

| August 22, 2023

In construction, there are many instances of manually handling objects, tools, or materials that are awkward or bulky and don’t fit the lift-with-your-legs-while-picking-up-a-box technique. Such activities might be moving broken concrete/asphalt, pipe/conduit, rigging, scaffolding, a concrete chute, a roll of fence, a shovel/rake, or a ladder. What activities do your workers engage in? Train your team on these best practices to apply to your project tasks to minimize injury.

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Utility Trailer Inspection and Hitching

| July 25, 2023

Our Best Practices to Use for Equipment Inspections Prior to Road Travel

Small job trailers are essential in the construction industry as they transport all the necessary tools to the jobsite. Continue reading to learn our best practices to ensure your equipment is safe for travel.

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Preventing Shoulder Injuries in the Logging Industry

| July 18, 2023

Safely Secure Your Load

Shoulder injuries can cost a significant amount of money. In the logging industry, shoulder injuries are often due to the method workers use to secure their loads. Here are a couple of options for you to consider to reduce shoulder injuries.

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Hurricane Preparedness for Your Business

| June 27, 2023

Seven Safety Precautions to Protect Your Employees and Your Company

Is your business prepared if a hurricane hits? Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Hurricanes can cause extensive damage to infrastructure, disrupt business, lead to a detrimental loss of revenue, and put human lives at risk. By being proactive, you can reduce the chance of injuries to employees, protect physical assets, and ensure business continuity.

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