When I was in journalism school, I was taught that the editor's column is the most valuable space there is. It is where I get to communicate directly with my readers and, on occasion, to speak from the heart. Once again, I am using this prime real estate to urge the industry to focus on safety in the workplace -- whether that is a shop, a warehouse, the jobsite or even the office. something that comes up far too often, and it is usually sparked by yet another tragedy in a fabrication shop or slab warehouse.
To help our industry, the Marble Institute of America has worked tirelessly to develop education materials that stone industry employers can use to help train their employees. One of the latest is a video entitled "Safe Stone Slab Handling II." Created by a team of stone industry safety experts, this video runs for more than an hour, and it showcases the best practices for safe stone slab handling. It includes practices recommended by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and it also outlines the hazards of not following proper procedures. In a section guaranteed to catch the attention of shop employees, the video provides an overview of more than 50 fatal stone-related accidents that have occurred over the past decade. You can order the video by visiting www.marble-institute.com/safety and a Spanish version will also be released this Spring.