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  • The one toolbox talk you're going to need to get you through 'party' season
  • It seems early, but we are headed into THAT time of year... It's frightening! I walked into Checkers the other day and they are already putting up the tinsel. Calendars are starting to fill up with 'end-of-year' parties. And our weekends are in full party-mode. While it's great your employees are enjoying the festivities, their over-indulgence has a big impact on YOUR business. Here's ... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • There's no such thing as 'casual labour'...
  • If you're like most small businesses I know... ...When it comes to doing the odd bit of maintenance around your workplace... ... Or hanging up your pictures in the office... ...Or washing your windows on the second floor... ...You take a drive to the nearest Builder's Warehouse to pick up a desperate individual or two looking for a job. Now, it seems rather harmless. You're helping the jo... ››› more
  • [03 October 2016]
  • Do you even know what a Health and Safety Rep is and why you should have one?
  • I write to you daily about all sorts of health and safety issues and topics. And I know sometimes I throw around a lot of terms quite loosely... Like health and safety rep... And it occurred to me, some readers may be new to my daily bulletin. And some may be new to their health and safety position. Some may even be small business owners who are just learning about health and safety laws they ar... ››› more
  • [30 September 2016]
  • Jack breaks his arm on the job - it's going to cost you, but not if you do this one thing
  • I'm sure it's happened at least once in your factory... Jack, breaks his arm while working on one of your machines... Or he broke it falling off the silo... Or if you're in an office, Jack tripped on a cable in your office, fell and broke his wrist. Jack's now taking time off to go to the doctor, the orthopedic surgeon, needs weekly check-ups and the time he's taking off is just amounting... ››› more
  • [28 September 2016]
  • He hit me in the face with a spade! Who must I report this to?
  • Working on a construction site, I'm sure you have many 'horror' stories to tell about incidents on your site... My childhood was filled with my father (who managed a concrete plant for many, many years) coming home with tales of his stressful, but interesting, days. Stories like... … Being thrown off a silo by a very disgruntled and aggressive employee… … One of his employees being c... ››› more
  • [05 September 2016]
  • My dad almost sliced his finger off on-site, what should we do?
  • It's not as far-fetched as one would think... That's right, it happened to my father (who owns and manages a concrete and brick factory) just the other day... He was working with one of his mobile cranes on-site. They jacked the mobile crane up to remove the wheels, when it got stuck. My hands-on dad and one of the employees, Sam, lifted the platform up slightly. Sam let go as it was too hea... ››› more
  • [31 August 2016]
  • 10 Steps to the perfect health and safety audit
  • Did you know, you should never audit your own system for an extended period of time as you may become complacent and overlook risks? The success of your audit depends on how well you know it, and have prepared for it. Here's 10 steps you need to take to guarantee the perfect health and safety risk management audit... You know the saying, 'a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing'? In health and... ››› more
  • [17 February 2016]

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