Short to Medium Safety Video Clips

Looking for a video clip for your next safety meeting? Work Safe BC has over 130 videos, some as short as 29 seconds, others as long as 186 minutes (most are in the 2-3 minute range) covering a whole slew of safety topics.

It also has a mobile app that allows you to access the videos on your smart phone for on-the-go viewing.

Check out the list of videos at (That page only shows 9 of the videos so make sure you click on “more videos” at the bottom of the page to see the complete list).

Some of the videos are obviously specifically designed for British Columbia, Canada but by far the vast majority apply no matter where you are.

At What Point in a Rescue Operation Should You Call 911?

When do you call 911 in case of emergency? In most cases it’s pretty obvious but in other instances it isn’t as cut and dry.

A perfect example is the court ruling that recently cost Dukane Precast, Inc. a $70,000 fine (not to mention the cost of the medical bills for the employee in question). Here’s what happened…

William Ortiz was in a sand storage bin outside Chicago Illinois when the sand beneath him shifted and trapped him with just his head above the sand line. Other workers in the area were able to free his arms and torso but his waist and legs remained trapped. Someone went and got the supervisor after 10 minutes and the supervisor ordered other workers to help free Ortiz but the sand kept shifting and they were unable to get him free.

After 90 minutes of being trapped and of trying to extract Ortiz, the supervisor finally called 911. It took emergency workers almost 4 hours to get him out of the sand and he was then taken to the hospital. He suffered damage to his lower back as well as a torn meniscus due to the pressure of the sand on his legs and lower back.

At issue is whether the supervisor should have immediately called 911 or whether or not he was justified in waiting till they had tried their own rescue attempts.

OSHA requirements for confined space state that a company is required to “develop and implement procedures for summoning rescue and emergency services, for rescuing entrants from permit spaces, for providing necessary emergency services to rescued employees, and for preventing unauthorized personnel from attempting a rescue.

While the first phase of this rescue plan seems to indicate that calling 911 is important, it also seems that an alternative is given in cases where they believe that they can safely do the rescue themselves.

Do you believe that Dukane was negligent? Should they have called 911 before attempting to free Ortiz? What it “negligence”?

Let me know what you think!

Today is “Don’t Fry Day”

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend “Don’t Fry Day!” in order to remind people to protect their skin from damage from the sun this weekend.

Their recommendation is to focus on as many of the following as possible:

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely

None of these steps, taken alone, is enough.

According to their websiteSkin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

Protect your skin and future health and “Don’t Fry” this weekend.

Downtown Safety Connection

One of our locations is just South of Seattle in Kent, WA.

I have lived in WA, South of Seattle for the last 17 years, having moved from Chicago, IL in 1998. I consider Seattle to be one of the safest big cities (especially compared to Chicago) but even Seattle has to deal with the same safety issues that any large conglomerate of individuals does so I was pretty excited to discover in brand new website entitled


The website is run by the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and here is what they have to say about this new site:

The DSA is your advocate, and the Downtown Safety Connection is a vehicle to bring your concerns to the city’s decision makers. We will take your Downtown public safety comments and share them with the appropriate departments, connecting you with the people who can best help us make Downtown Seattle the inviting and safe urban area we all want it to be.

The website allows city dwellers to report crimes and suspicious activity in real time. Click on the issue (Drug dealing, Encampment, Graffiti, Illegal Vending, Individual Suffering Mental Health Crisis, Intimidating behavior/Aggressive solicitation, Open-air drug use, Public nuisance, Street disorder) and specify whom you would like to notify (Downtown Seattle Association, City Attorney, County Prosecutor, Metropolitan Improvement District, Office of the Mayor, Seattle City Council, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Dept., Seattle Public Utilities or Transit Police). Then, fill out your name, email (both of which are required although you can check a box that we keep your name anonymous) and, if you wish, your phone and business/residential bldg. You can then give details (2,000 character limit) as well as the Street address or intersection of the activity. You can also attach one or more photos, although there is a disclaimer that says “Please do not take photos if doing so will escalate the situation, or could put the safety of you or others at risk. Max size 4MB.

It also lets you know to make sure to call 911 if a crime is in progress.

So… I think it’s cool but what about you? Do you think this is something that every major (or even medium sized) city ought to emulate? Will this help reduce crime or will it just move to areas that don’t have such sites? Would you use it? Why? Why not?


Tools for Trainers and Organizers

Are you a trainer? Are you looking for tools to make your job easier and more effective?

If so, you need to check out The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health website. Mouse over the “resources” tab and click on “Tools for Trainers” and you’ll be taken to a page that will keep you busy for quite a while.

Here’s just a sample of what’s available on that page:

There’s a whole lot more as well as links to find even more material.
You’re welcome!