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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.

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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Log Trailer Visibility

| March 22, 2022

Our Top Tips to Help Stand Out and Prevent Accidents

Every logger operating a log truck needs to be diligent about making sure their vehicles are conspicuous, especially the log trailers. The time of day or weather can create conditions that make it difficult to stand out to other drivers. In the event of a crash, whether or not it’s an “at fault” accident, you can be sure the plaintiff’s attorney will introduce, explicitly or implied, that their driver did not see the truck/trailer. Why? The lack of or poorly maintained conspicuity tape, inoperative lights, reflectors, or obscured lamp lenses among others. Continue reading to learn our top tips to help stand out and prevent accidents.

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National Ladder Safety Month

| March 1, 2022

Recommendations to Get A "Step Up" on Portable Ladder Safety

Falls are the leading cause of death and injuries in the construction industry. According to The Center for Construction Research and Training, each year, more than 4,000 construction workers suffer lost-time injuries from ladder falls, and more than 70 construction workers die in falls from ladders. This month step up your training on ladder safety to protect yourself and your employees.

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