A Bloody Nose Equals a Law Suit

Hazards exist everywhere,
especially in the workplace

Take it from me, I studied OSHA regulations for a decade and performed hundreds of safety audits. Your workplace is the most dangerous place you inhabit. You spend more time at your job than you do in your car or home. As a business owner/manager I was always on the lookout for workplace hazards, especially the hard ones to notice.

I was drawn into the “Safety World” because of my OCD mentality of being organized, (I have it under control now, most of the time). I was very good at auditing and earned the respect of my co-workers and believe I prevented numerous accidents, saving the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in reparations.

As experienced as I am in safety, I recently heard of incidents that had me scratching my head and wondering Why didn’t I think of that? I’m referring to glass walls at work. People are walking right into the glass and injuring themselves, that’s right, smack right into the glass.

STOP LAUGHING!

Sometimes hard enough to cause a severe injury, much more than the nose bleed I titled this post. Concussions, broken limbs and spine injuries can come from impacting a wall, even a glass one.

Excerpt from The Guardian: Despite warnings from building inspector that people would not be able to tell where the door ends and the wall begins, at least three Apple employees walked or ran into the ultra-transparent glass hard enough to require emergency medical treatment during the first month of occupation, according to recordings of 911 calls obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

As with every accident and incident I investigated as a Safety Officer,  I offered a solution to resolve the issue. Glass walls create a very decorative and collaborative workplace environment, but the hazard is still there, the resolution is glass frosting.

Glass frosting will define the wall appropriately and warn the pedestrian of the pending obstacle, all the while keeping the collaborative environment and continuing a culture in the workplace. Decorative frosting sends the message of professionalism while providing a safe work environment.

Watching someone walk into a glass wall may seem funny in the moment, but I promise you, the repercussions from a workplace accident is no laughing matter.

BTW: I truly do know and love safety, this is not a “ploy” to spice up a blog post. I spent seven years managing a safety department for a major furniture manufacturing company with approximately 1000 employees, (200 at my facility). I have over two dozen safety certifications, including my 40 Hour Federal OSHA Training Certification. I have known and practiced Red Cross First-Aid and CPR since 1993. I studied safety seriously for two years prior to a career path change to enter the Internet world.

Frost your office glass and avoid costly interruptions to your work day!

Happy Labor Day from Heritage Printing

Happy Labor Day

 

Labor Day is a nationally celebrated holiday that pays tribute to the working men and women in the United States and Canada.  Many people view it as a “Goodbye to Summer” with a last dash to the beach. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.

Did you know?

  • Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday in 1887

  • By the time the holiday was officially signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, 23 states already had their own celebrations

  • In many other countries, May Day (May 1st) is the day working people are honored, though the date of May 1 was chosen because the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of May 1, 1886

  • Labor Day has become an important weekend for retail sales, said to be second only to Black Friday sales. Ironically, this means more than 24 percent of all workers in the U.S. (retail workers) may work harder and longer on Labor Day

 

Source: www.officeholidays.com/countries/usa/laborday.php

 

6 Myths Uncovered About Life Size Cutouts

MYTHBUSTER #1

Life size cutouts are made from cardboard.
False, most custom cutouts is made from PVC for durability, cardboard does not last.

Life Size Cutout

Life Size Cutout

MYTHBUSTER #2

Life size cutouts are not actually life size.
Untrue, we make cutouts from 4’ x 8’ sheets, if you are taller than that… we’ll figure something out.

Life Size Cutout

Life Size Cutout

MYTHBUSTER #3

Cutouts are for celebrities and athletes.
Incorrect, you must have permission to make life size cutouts of celebrities and athletes, most of our standees are of normal working people.

Life Size Cutout

Life Size Cutout

MYTHBUSTER #4

BIG Heads are the same as life size cutouts.
Wrong, the big box brands’ product is not made from a rigid substrate, it’s made from the same materials all sign companies use, vinyl.

MYTHBUSTER #5

Any photo can be made into a custom standee.
Bogus, low resolution images will be too distorted to make a cutout, Hi-Res images work best.

Life Size Cutout

Life Size Cutout

MYTHBUSTER #6

Life size cutouts are cheap.
Inaccurate, our high quality cutouts (made from PVC) starts at $300. In addition, there are several hours of labor involved to produce a cutout.