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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.

Slip, Slide, and Fall

| February 11, 2021

Tips for Walking on Ice and Snow 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2014, there were 42,480 workplace injuries and illnesses involving ice, sleet, or snow. These injuries required at least one day away from work to recuperate.

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Forestry Good Management Practices

| February 2, 2021

Feller Buncher

The logging industry has been considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. According to NIOSH, "In 2010, the logging industry employed 95,000 workers, and accounted for 70 deaths. This resulted in a fatality rate of 73.7 deaths per 100,000 workers that year." With hazards such as falling trees, rough terrain, tail swings, and logging equipment, workers often face significant risks.

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Winter Driving Tips

| January 26, 2021

The Three P's

Winter driving can be hazardous, particularly for colder, northern regions. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, "Over 1,300 people are killed, and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually." Taking precautions can help make a trip safer and provide aid if an emergency occurs. Follow the three P's of safe winter driving: prepare for the trip, protect yourself, and prevent crashes on the road.

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MSHA Inspections

| January 12, 2021

4 Tips To Help Prepare For Your Next Inspection 

Vince Lombardi, the storied head coach of the Green Bay Packers, once said, “The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.” The same can be said about a successful MSHA Inspection. The things we prepare and do ahead of an MSHA inspection will likely have a much greater impact on the inspection results than anything we do once the inspector arrives on site. Try these four tips to help your chances of a zero citation MSHA inspection.

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| December 23, 2020

The 5-Minute Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

A Job Safety Analysis is a process that examines individual job tasks by breaking the job apart into specific tasks and identifying potential hazards and controls. The W.H.A.T. JSA is a pre-job planning thought process. It considers the worker, task, tools, and environment. Here is a breakdown of each step with examples to help you complete a W.H.A.T. JSA for your next job.

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Seat Belt Usage For Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

| December 15, 2020

The Importance of Buckling Up   

In 2006, 703 drivers of large trucks died in truck crashes and 314 of those drivers were not wearing a seat belt, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In the event of a sudden stop or crash, a seat belt is the most important in-cab safety device to protect commercial motor vehicle drivers.  

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