Author Archives: Pat O'Brien, Society Insurance Senior Risk Control Representative

About Pat O'Brien, Society Insurance Senior Risk Control Representative

Pat has broad experience working with contractors, supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants and the hospitality industry. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), holds the Associate of Risk Management (ARM) designation, Associate of Underwriting (AU) designation, and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

6 Construction Job Site Safety Tips

Let’s face it; working in construction is dangerous. In 2015, one in five worker fatalities occurred in construction. Is it any wonder why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted almost four times as many inspections and issued over twice as many penalties for the construction industry compared to the next closest industry classification? By the numbers, that’s 11,869 inspections, 29,777 citations and nearly $72 million in fines from October 2015 through September 2016. (more…)

Working in Traffic: 6 Important Safety Precautions (Part 2 of 2)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Working in Traffic

Working in traffic is a dangerous job, and it is easy for workers and drivers to become confused and frustrated as they navigate through construction zones. In this two-part blog series, I share ways to prevent, or even eliminate, work zone injuries and fatalities with a strong focus on safety.

Now that you have assessed the unique dangers that may affect your worksite, let’s take a closer look at six common controls that will help to keep your employees safe when working in traffic. (more…)

Working In Traffic: Do You Know the Dangers? (Part 1 of 2)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Working in Traffic

Working in traffic is a dangerous job, and it is easy for workers and drivers to become confused and frustrated as they navigate through construction zones. In this two-part blog series, I share ways to prevent, or even eliminate, work zone injuries and fatalities with a strong focus on safety.

Summer is great! Warm weather, the smell of food cooking on the grill, the sound of kids outside enjoying the day with their friends, and, of course, the best sight of all: orange barrels.

Yes, road construction can be frustrating, especially when you are not expecting it. But keep in mind that it is also frustrating for those who are building the roads and bridges that we depend on. And not only that – it is also very dangerous. There were 609 fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones in 2012. (more…)

10 Tips for Safe Outdoor Grilling

After one of the coldest winters on record things have finally turned around and our thoughts can now turn to summer and all that comes with it: swimming, hiking, boating, and of course grilling. July is not only a great month for grilling; it is also a peak month for grilling fires.

The National Fire Protection Agency states that gas grills accounted for an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in (more…)

Hot! Hot! Hot! Preventing Heat Illness

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Working in Heat

How you feelin’?  (Hot, hot, hot). Yes, Buster Poindexter may not have been thinking about employee safety when he asked this question but this is an excellent question to ask with the warm summer months finally upon us.

Working in warm conditions is a definite safety concern. Thousands of workers become sick every year from exposure to heat. Some even die. Heat illnesses and death are preventable if you learn to identify the warning signs and take the appropriate action. (more…)

Housekeeping – It’s Not Just a Spring Thing

When we think of spring, we think of the end of a long winter, warmer weather and a fresh start. For many of us this is a time to clean out our closets, garages, and storage rooms of items that have collected over the last several months. But why should this annual tradition wait until spring? Why not create a culture where good housekeeping is a year round commitment?

Housekeeping is an essential, but sometimes left out, component of a company’s overall safety program. Some people may think this is a waste of time but when you look back through your business losses you will find that poor housekeeping, in many cases, was a contributing factor.  (more…)