Three former LJB interns, Kim Messer, Eddie Drow, and Ashley McWain at LJB's corporate office

Why So Many LJB Interns Become Long-Time Employees

While it’s not uncommon for college interns or co-ops to be hired full-time once they graduate, I was surprised to find so many former LJB co-ops among my full-time LJB co-workers. I was even more surprised to learn that some of LJB’s long-time employees—people with 20 years or so under their LJB belts—started as interns. […]

Highlights of LJB’s 2018

One of LJB’s secrets to longevity is our ability to evolve. As we stride into 2019, our 53rd year, our evolution continues. In 2018, we opened new offices and expanded existing ones, we celebrated collective and individual accomplishments, we networked and educated at events around the globe, and we had some fun. Most of all, […]

LJB Co-ops Put Theory into Practice and Learn the Value of Teamwork

This summer, LJB has had the pleasure of hosting four amazing co-ops—one working in our Houston, Texas, office and three in our Dayton, Ohio, office. Having salaried co-ops isn’t new to LJB. Human resource manager Laurie Iulg says co-ops have been part of the LJB fabric for more than 30 years. The company’s goal has […]

Winter is Coming: 3 Considerations for Addressing COVID-19 Risk This Season

During a global pandemic, it is critical to anticipate future changes to provide and maintain healthy and safe environments.  LJB’s preventive health experts have been helping organizations develop and implement Continuity of Operations Plans and health and safety controls to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and keep organizations running. As we head into the winter months, […]

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Winter is Coming: 3 Considerations for Addressing COVID-19 Risk This Season

During a global pandemic, it is critical to anticipate future changes to provide and maintain healthy and safe environments.  LJB’s preventive health experts have been helping organizations develop and implement Continuity of Operations Plans and health and safety controls to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and keep organizations running. As we head into the winter months, […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Apply Prevention through Design

Fall protection is a complex and challenging safety issue. When addressed well, workers at height—who perform the tasks that keep our businesses and communities running—are able to go home safely each day. Over my more than 25 years of providing fall protection consulting to folks around the world, including performing fall hazard risk assessments and […]

Three former LJB interns, Kim Messer, Eddie Drow, and Ashley McWain at LJB's corporate office

Why So Many LJB Interns Become Long-Time Employees

While it’s not uncommon for college interns or co-ops to be hired full-time once they graduate, I was surprised to find so many former LJB co-ops among my full-time LJB co-workers. I was even more surprised to learn that some of LJB’s long-time employees—people with 20 years or so under their LJB belts—started as interns. […]

What a Cross-Country Client Visit is Like During a Pandemic

For LJB’s Mark Bourquin, who is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot and technical specialist, trekking across the country to visit client sites is typical. But his recent trip from Dayton, Ohio, to a client site near Portland, Oregon, was definitely not typical. After all, we’re in a pandemic. Though LJB’s work is deemed essential […]

Proper Cleaning Technique Extends to Fall Protection PPE

With all the focus on hand-washing, we must remember that our safety equipment also has the potential for contamination and continued spread of the coronavirus and other infectious agents. Just like our hands, equipment should generally be cleaned with soap and water. It doesn’t take special cleansers or sanitizers. In fact, these could actually damage […]

Key Requirements in New ANSI Standards for MEWPs

We’re days away from ANSI’s new standards regarding the design, safe use and training requirements for mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPs) taking effect. March 1 is the big day! Formerly known as aerial work platforms, MEWPs include machines, such as boom lifts, cherry pickers and scissor lifts, that help workers perform tasks at height. ANSI’s […]

What we should learn from the SRL recalls

The recent recalls of self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) by 3M and Honeywell have prompted some clients to ask, “Is the personal protective equipment industry struggling with quality issues?” While the back-to-back recalls are certainly disturbing, there is more to the story than a few PPE flaws. And, there is a lot more that you can do […]

LJB’s Approach to Wellness is Winning Awards

For the third time, the Dayton Business Journal has named LJB one of its Healthiest Employers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. About the Award The Healthiest Employers awards program recognizes employers that “proactively shape the health of their employees,” explains Dayton Business Journal editor-in-chief, Caleb Stephens, in an article on the publication’s website. “The […]

Never Underestimate the Risks of a Confined Space

Last month, a high school classmate of mine, and his co-worker, were involved in a fatally tragic, yet totally preventable, accident in a grain elevator—among other hazards, a confined space. I’ve spent my whole life working and doing my part to make sure that family, friends and coworkers are educated about the hazards involved with […]

Why the 3M SRL recall is about more than the equipment

As you may have heard, 3M has issued a stop use and recall of its DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines—likely the most significant recall in the history of fall protection in terms of units, cost to the manufacturer and users’ business disruption. As part of a personal fall […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Provide Effective Fall Protection Training

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing these top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on a quarter century of experience providing fall protection consultation. The first four ways are listed below and can be found here: Apply Prevention through Design Perform Fall Hazard Risk Assessments—the Right […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Focus on Certified Systems, Not Just Equipment

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing the top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on my more than 25 years in fall protection consulting. Check out the first three ways: Apply Prevention through Design Perform Fall Hazard Risk Assessments—the Right Way Use Less Personal Protective Equipment […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Use Less Personal Protective Equipment

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing the top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on more than a quarter century of fall protection consulting. You can check out the first way here and the second here. The third: Use Less Personal Protective Equipment. People are often […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Perform Fall Hazard Risk Assessments—the Right Way

For this year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, I’m sharing the top five ways to reduce fall hazard risk, based on my more than 25 years in fall protection consulting. The first way is applying Prevention through Design. The second? Perform fall hazard risk assessments—the right way. The goal of a fall […]

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What a Cross-Country Client Visit is Like During a Pandemic

For LJB’s Mark Bourquin, who is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot and technical specialist, trekking across the country to visit client sites is typical. But his recent trip from Dayton, Ohio, to a client site near Portland, Oregon, was definitely not typical. After all, we’re in a pandemic. Though LJB’s work is deemed essential […]

Proper Cleaning Technique Extends to Fall Protection PPE

With all the focus on hand-washing, we must remember that our safety equipment also has the potential for contamination and continued spread of the coronavirus and other infectious agents. Just like our hands, equipment should generally be cleaned with soap and water. It doesn’t take special cleansers or sanitizers. In fact, these could actually damage […]

Key Requirements in New ANSI Standards for MEWPs

We’re days away from ANSI’s new standards regarding the design, safe use and training requirements for mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPs) taking effect. March 1 is the big day! Formerly known as aerial work platforms, MEWPs include machines, such as boom lifts, cherry pickers and scissor lifts, that help workers perform tasks at height. ANSI’s […]

What we should learn from the SRL recalls

The recent recalls of self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) by 3M and Honeywell have prompted some clients to ask, “Is the personal protective equipment industry struggling with quality issues?” While the back-to-back recalls are certainly disturbing, there is more to the story than a few PPE flaws. And, there is a lot more that you can do […]

LJB’s Approach to Wellness is Winning Awards

For the third time, the Dayton Business Journal has named LJB one of its Healthiest Employers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. About the Award The Healthiest Employers awards program recognizes employers that “proactively shape the health of their employees,” explains Dayton Business Journal editor-in-chief, Caleb Stephens, in an article on the publication’s website. “The […]

Never Underestimate the Risks of a Confined Space

Last month, a high school classmate of mine, and his co-worker, were involved in a fatally tragic, yet totally preventable, accident in a grain elevator—among other hazards, a confined space. I’ve spent my whole life working and doing my part to make sure that family, friends and coworkers are educated about the hazards involved with […]

Why the 3M SRL recall is about more than the equipment

As you may have heard, 3M has issued a stop use and recall of its DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines—likely the most significant recall in the history of fall protection in terms of units, cost to the manufacturer and users’ business disruption. As part of a personal fall […]

Winter is Coming: 3 Considerations for Addressing COVID-19 Risk This Season

During a global pandemic, it is critical to anticipate future changes to provide and maintain healthy and safe environments.  LJB’s preventive health experts have been helping organizations develop and implement Continuity of Operations Plans and health and safety controls to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and keep organizations running. As we head into the winter months, […]

Reducing Fall Hazard Risk: Apply Prevention through Design

Fall protection is a complex and challenging safety issue. When addressed well, workers at height—who perform the tasks that keep our businesses and communities running—are able to go home safely each day. Over my more than 25 years of providing fall protection consulting to folks around the world, including performing fall hazard risk assessments and […]

Three former LJB interns, Kim Messer, Eddie Drow, and Ashley McWain at LJB's corporate office

Why So Many LJB Interns Become Long-Time Employees

While it’s not uncommon for college interns or co-ops to be hired full-time once they graduate, I was surprised to find so many former LJB co-ops among my full-time LJB co-workers. I was even more surprised to learn that some of LJB’s long-time employees—people with 20 years or so under their LJB belts—started as interns. […]

Vol. 6 – OSHA clarifies RDS certification requirements

As many in the fall protection industry expected, OSHA has published a letter of interpretation (LOI) in response to a question about testing anchorages for rope descent systems (RDS). You can read it for yourself here, but when you do, I caution you to be attentive to the details. You’re probably familiar with those optical […]

Tracey Riepenhoff performing a fall hazard risk assessment

LJB Project Manager Gives Back

LJB project manager Tracey Riepenhoff, P.E., C.S.P., PMP, has led and performed hundreds of fall hazard risk assessments and abatement design projects for LJB clients. It’s meaningful work that Tracey never takes lightly—knowing that her expertise may be the difference between someone safely working at heights and someone suffering a catastrophic fall. But, for Tracey, […]

Highlights of LJB’s 2018

One of LJB’s secrets to longevity is our ability to evolve. As we stride into 2019, our 53rd year, our evolution continues. In 2018, we opened new offices and expanded existing ones, we celebrated collective and individual accomplishments, we networked and educated at events around the globe, and we had some fun. Most of all, […]