In World War II, aviation was still in its infancy. From 1939 to 1945, 21,583 aircrew members lost their lives due to non-combat accidents in the continental U.S., and another 20,633 died in aircraft non-combat accidents overseas.

Today, aircraft and air travel are safer due, in part, to technology, training and daily pre-flight inspections.


  • Every day, equipment users or operators should focus on making sure their equipment is operable and safe before each use.
  • Every operator’s manual and owner’s manual from power tools, ladders and fall protection to powered/motorized equipment routinely includes specific instructions on how to inspect the equipment.
  • In the event of a failure resulting in an accident, the first document inspectors request and review is the equipment inspection form. Following any type of incident, they ask, “Did the user or operator inspect the equipment prior to use?”


  • OSHA standards mandate frequent and regular inspections.
  • Pre-shift inspections give you the opportunity to observe and report maintenance and safety concerns for any piece of equipment.
  • Other contractors may use or damage the equipment without your knowledge.
  • Inspections can prevent failure that leaves the operator or occupants immobile or stranded.
  • Inspections can prevent failure during a critical period while the equipment is in use.
  • Inspections can prevent failure resulting in a serious injury.
  • Inspections can prevent failure causing a work delay.

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Members can download the audio version of this toolbox talk here.

Deadly Distraction

As any employer with industrial machinery knows, preventing accidents starts with making sure employees are aware of their surroundings. The inappropriate use of cell phones decreases employees’ awareness of their surroundings, therefore reducing their ability to recognize and react to hazards. OSHA construction regulations pertaining to cranes and derricks (29 C.F.R. § 1926.1417(d)) forbid the use of cell phones, but the hazard exists across any dangerous equipment. Accordingly, active operation during the use of industrial equipment should be strictly prohibited.

Want more in-depth info? Check out this article on cell phone use risk.

Does your company currently have a cell phone policy in place? If not, and you aren’t sure where to start, ICI is here to help! ICI Manager of Safety and Transportation Issues Ashley Aiken has created a template policy for member use. We encourage you to modify the document to make it meet your company’s needs.

Download the template here.

If you have any questions, contact Ashley Aiken at (317) 634-7547.