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Harvest Moon

Due east of the mighty Mississippi River, a serene July night consumed the sullied goldenrod fields of Mt. Carroll, IL. as two lifeless teenage boys were pulled from a stainless steel Illinois grain bin. They were Wyatt Whitebread, 14 and Alejandro Pacas, 19. According to OSHA reports, the two boys were “walking-down-the-corn”, creating flow for grain emptying machinery, when the kernels suddenly assumed the nature of quicksand below Wyatt’s feet. The 8th grader began sinking. Pacas...

California Skylights

Skylights are not new nor are the dangers associated with them. Skylights were first conceived by the VELUX founder, Mr. Villum Kann Rasmussen and became increasingly popular in the wake of WWII. (TheBestSkylights.com)  With Europe in ruins, and struggling with shortages in viable commercial and residential space, Mr. Rasmussen's 1942 patented skylights became the perfect solution to allow the conversion of the attic from a storage space to a versatile living and working space because it...

Safety Communities Part Deux

In case you haven’t heard of the OSC, Online Safety Community, I’ll provide you with all the information you need to know. First off, the OSC was created by Ansell Healthcare as a means of utilizing the best feature of the internet, its ability to bring people together. Headquartered in Red Bank, NJ, Ansell is one of the leading providers of hand safety products; their gloves are helping your local mechanic in the shop as well as every soldier currently serving this country. (Read Here...

Safety Communities: A First Step

This month Versatile Systems, Inc. joined the Online Safety Community (OSC), and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)! We are very excited to be welcomed into these communities of proactive safety conscious people and companies, eager to lend our expertise to these new communities, and excited at the opportunity of interacting with the best and brightest. For more information on these two organizations, follow this link Safety Communities Pt. Deux. Our first post on the Safety...

National Safety Council Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Hello Readers, The National Safety Council is currently promoting education to prevent slips, trips and falls this June. It is a fact that the majority of worker fatalities are over the age of 55 (a concern if we push back the legal retirement age to receive social security) and it's something we as a safety community should acknowledge. So as we finish our lemonade glass of June and open the pool cover of July, let's be conscious of our older workers and promote a safe and healthy work...

8 Easy Steps to Proper Post-Use Harness Care

The sun sets behind the distant horizon as you saunter from the site where eight hours of sweat were spent in the name of hard work. You unbuckle the harness that presided over you all day and upon pulling your last arm free you do what? Throw it in the sharp-edge-tool-filled toolbox? The bed of the truck? Torn Backpack? Warehouse floor? Maybe the nearest Muddy puddle? Disregard for proper harness care is a choice to ride the lazy river. It only takes a few minutes to properly stow your...

Harnessing The Power of The Sun

In SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) president Rhone Resch’s 2010 Year in Review, he stated that “solar energy is now one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, creating new opportunities for both large and small businesses.” He’s absolutely right; “According to Renewable Energy Access, demand for solar has by at least 25% every year for the last fifteen years” (The Dawn of Solar Power, Hassan). This growth exceeds all other industries in the US. This...

Fall Restraint Vs. Fall Arrest

Hi there, Let’s take a stroll down the hypothetical boardwalk. Shall we? Let’s say you’re working in an elevated area. And let’s say this elevated area has a leading edge. And let’s say that falling off this leading edge would result in a 50 foot drop to certain death. Okay. Now let’s say you’re exuberant about the breath which enters your lungs each and every morning. And let’s say your excitement for tomorrow motivates your actions today. And let’s say that it’s...

Engineer or Not to Engineer?

It seems as though the biggest question businesses have when seeking help from a fall protection company is how on earth could this be that expensive? How could a piece of cable and some rigging cost this much? What exactly am I paying for here? Most well respected fall protection companies will tell you that the number one reason for the elevated costs is engineering. When we speak of engineering we are referring to not only the fall arrest system itself, but the customer’s building as...

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