Machine Guarding

The world of safety compliance should not be confusing. Rules are in place to maintain a safe workplace. This week we are going to look at machine guarding. The OSHA standard is 1910 Subpart O Machinery and Machine Guarding. Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations or burns. Safeguards are essential for protection from these preventable injuries. These types of injuries typically occur due to lack of machine guarding or failure to control the hazardous energy utilizing lock out tag out. There are mechanical motions that must be guarded which include pinch points, rotation, reciprocating, traversing, cutting, punching, shearing, and bending. Continue Reading →

Fall Protection – “New Cage, Fixed Ladder Standards”

New Ladder Safety StandardsThe new rule brought forward by OSHA sets out a requirement for employers to haveladder safety or personal fall arrest systems for fixed ladders that extend more than 24feet. It phases out the use of cages or wells for fall protection, and everything is to beimplemented under a very precise timeline. The revised ruling establishes a phase out of ladder wells and cages over the next 20 years per OSHA 1910.128(b)(9)(i). Continue Reading →

SSOE Group Receives Platinum Safety Award from ConstructSecure Contractor Safety Assessment Program

HILLSBORO, Oregon, May 13, 2020 – SSOE Group (, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce they have been recognized with a Platinum Safety Award from ConstructSecure for their high score on the independent Construction Safety Assessment Program. SSOE received a 97-point score out of 100 possible points—a result of SSOE’s safety-always culture. SSOE executes a full range of design and construction projects for industrial and general building clients throughout the world. A significant proportion of their design and construction services are performed for advanced technology clients based out of our Hillsboro, Oregon office. Continue Reading →

Signs You May Be Dehydrated

Your body depends on water to survive. Every organ, cell, and tissue in your body needs water to work properly. Your body uses water to regulate its temperature, remove toxic substances, and help the absorb essential nutrients. Continue Reading →

PPE: Your Last Line of Defense

After all the engineering and administrative controls have been exhausted, PPE is left to be the last line of defense against injuries.  Choosing the correct Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and wearing it properly can go a long way towards preventing injury to yourself and to others. Continue Reading →

Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. Continue Reading →