Pre-TAR Training: Reducing Fall Risk During Turnarounds

Turnarounds are both critical and dangerous to the petrochemical and refining industries. There are typically thousands of contractors on site over a 30- to 60-day period – many of whom are unfamiliar with the site. With the increase in personnel and the number of tasks being completed during these maintenance events, it’s not surprising that […]

Fall Protection “Yo-Yos” Are No Child’s Play

In the course of our fall protection consulting work at petrochemical sites, we have seen a significant increase in the use of self-retracting devices—or “yo-yos,” as they are often called in the field. While the yo-yo nickname makes sense, these devices are much more complex than a child’s toy. When used properly, SRDs provide an […]

Proactive vs. Reactive Fall Protection Programs

In a recent fall protection peer group session, we asked a question that received a surprisingly unanimous answer. When asked for the primary reason fall hazards get addressed, every participant said the same thing – when issues are brought forward by workers. We were surprised that every participating organization took such a reactive approach to […]

Specialized Fall Protection Training Class Designed to Change Behavior

LJB’s philosophy on fall protection training centers on one thing – effective training changes behavior. One of the best ways to ensure that behavior changes after training is to make the class as applicable as possible to the attendees’ day-to-day work. This is exactly what we did recently for petrochemical clients in the Gulf Coast […]

Work on Moving Stock: To Protect or Not to Protect?

As fall protection consultants, we have worked hard to understand the often complicated OSHA fall protection regulations. In particular, the documents related to fall protection for moving stock, such as rail cars or hopper trucks, can be very confusing to understand and apply. We want to make sure you don’t get penalized for misinterpretation.  For […]

Fall protection peer group benefits petrochemical industry

Writing advisors and presentation professionals always say to avoid using overplayed business terms like “recreating the wheel,”  “best practices” and “lessons learned.”  But sometimes, those things are legitimate and provide real value to an organization.  LJB recently organized a group of petrochemical industry professionals to talk about fall protection.  The goal of the group is to […]

Top Women in the Safety Profession Receive Recognition

Making a difference in your profession is something we all strive for. Recently 100 women were recognized for doing just that, with the publication of 100 Women Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession, a collaborative project from the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) group.  The book features more […]