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  • Focus On… Fireplace & Chimney Safety

    Santa won’t be able to come cascading down your chimney if it doesn’t meet proper safety standards. Sorry, those are the rules. Fortunately, you have time to make sure your fireplace is up to par before Saint Nick makes his annual run.  Fireplaces are wonderful; they look beautiful when they’re lit and it’s a good […]

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  • Focus On… Addiction in the Workplace

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million Americans adults battled a substance abuse disorder in 2017. 74% experienced an alcohol addiction, while 36% had an illicit drug addiction.  Addiction in the workplace can not only cause disharmony within the organization, but also bring about unforeseen safety hazards. So, what […]

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  • Focus On… UV and Heat Safety

    In North Carolina, heat and humidity go together like biscuits and gravy. These intense conditions make people working outside more susceptible to heat-related illness and UV damage. Exposure to UV rays and extreme heat can have various negative impacts on your health. But, what exactly are UV rays and what makes them detrimental to your […]

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  • Focus On… Warm Weather Pests

    The warmer weather is indicative of many things: afternoons by the pool, cookouts with family and friends and memorable vacations. The heat also brings animals out. Some critters are harmless, but others can be potentially deadly. Ticks, spiders and snakes are especially abundant in North Carolina. Ticks are external parasites that latch onto a host […]

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  • Focus On… Workplace Eye Wellness

    You know the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” We all take our eyes and sight for granted; think about what you would do without it. Would you still be able to perform the duties on your job? March is recognized as Workplace Eye Wellness Month in an effort to […]

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  • Focus On… Generator Safety—Don’t be Caught in the Dark

    I’m sure you’ve heard it time and time again. During every winter weather storm, elected officials, first responders, and news anchors echo the same sentiment, “Don’t bring your gas-powered generators inside.” Running a gas powered generator in your home emits the same type of deadly fumes as leaving your car running in a closed garage. […]

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  • Focus On… Ready to be Challenged?

    Here’s a challenge for you. What do all these words or pairs of words have in common? Carpenter’s bracket, bricklayer’s square, horse, chicken and needle beam? Is your brain tickled yet? Give up? They are all types of scaffolds. According to The United States Department of Labor, approximately 2.3 million construction professionals work on scaffolds […]

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  • Focus On… Respirable Crystalline Silica

    Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth’s crust and is found in most building materials like stone, sand, concrete and mortar. When it is agitated by activities such as grinding, sawing, drilling, sandblasting, etc., it becomes respirable crystalline silica—tiny particles, 100 times smaller than granules of normal sand, that can be inhaled […]

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  • Focus On… Hurricane Season

    Get ready, hurricane season is here and it’s supposed to be a rough one! June 1 marked the first day of hurricane season, and as you prepare for summer activities, it’s highly advised that you also prepare for severe weather. It sounds like a buzzkill, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a […]

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