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NDSC to Host FREE Spanish Edition of Fall Prevention Course


October 12, 2018. – The NDSC has partnered with Rocky Mountain Education Center to offer a Spanish edition of the Field Leadership Coaching and Mentoring Fall Prevention Train-the-Trainer course. The course will take place from 8am to 5pm Tuesday, November 6 in Bismarck.


The course is designed for senior safety professionals responsible for the implementation and instruction of their employer’s fall prevention programs. The coaching and mentoring skills taught are reinforced using scenarios that contextualize the instruction within the fall protection standard and industry best practice. All attendee fees are covered by a Susan Harwood grant.


For full course details or to register please visit RMEC’s website.


¿Sabías que cualquier curso de NDSC se puede enseñar en Español? Para más detalles llame 701-223-6372.

Halloween Safety Reminders Offered by Safe Kids Grand Forks


October 12, 2018. – Halloween might be scary for different reasons than you think.  On average, twice as many kids are involved in pedestrian/vehicle crashes while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year.  With a few tips and tricks, kids can stay safe while out walking.  Safe Kids Grand Forks and the North Dakota Safety Council offer these safety tips to parents and caregivers as they plan for this year’s events.


  • Costumes can be both creative and safe. The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible.
  • Remind kids to only cross the street at street corners and always look carefully for traffic, especially if the outdoor weather conditions cause the roads to be slippery.
  • If kids are trick-or treating in a vehicle, they need to be in an appropriate car or booster seat or seat belt while driving. Always have them exit on the grass or curb side of the vehicle.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. Drivers should slow down and watch for kids that may be eager to get from one house to the next.
  • Encourage kids to attend indoor trick-or-treating events or activities. This will allow them to have fun but not be exposed to traffic.


For more safety tips, download the NDSC’s Halloween Safety Tip Sheet.

Though Traffic Fatalities Remain High, Dip Suggests Progress on the Road to Zero


October 4, 2018. – Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that 37,133 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2017, a 1.8% decrease from 2016. Historically, a strong economy and employment rate – as we have now – correlates with an increase in traffic deaths, so this drop, while small, is encouraging news.


Of course, zero is the only acceptable number of traffic deaths, and we still have a long way to go to achieve this. Behaviors like distraction, speeding, impairment, and lack of seat belt use pose persistent threats to safety, and we cannot let up in our efforts to combat these problems. As GHSA projected earlier this year, pedestrian fatalities remain at levels unseen in more than two decades, reinforcing the need to focus on protecting people on foot. This is a top priority for GHSA, reflected in our recently updated policy statements bolstering support for a comprehensive approach to both pedestrian and bicyclist safety.


We know that a combination of education, engineering, and enforcement holds the key to reducing highway fatalities. Implementing these proven countermeasures is a team effort: GHSA is proud to collaborate with its members and partners to tackle the toughest safety challenges, and continues to work closely with NHTSA to help states and communities deploy effective solutions. We are particularly appreciative of NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King’s focus on behavioral programs as well as technological solutions to reducing roadway deaths. We look forward to strengthening these and other efforts to maintain a sustained downward trend of roadway fatalities.


North Dakota Safety Council and Farmers Union Insurance team up to improve safety in the ag industry


October 1, 2018 – The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) announced today that it has teamed up with Farmers Union Insurance to improve the safety of those employed in North Dakota’s agricultural industry by providing safety training and services focused on the most prevalent causes of injuries.


Services include consultations in emergency operations planning, DOT compliance and handling of hazardous chemicals. More than 24 safety courses are being offered through the partnership with more to come.


Chuck Clairmont, NDSC executive director, said nearly a quarter of the state’s population is employed in the agriculture sector. In 2016, 417 American farmers or farm workers died from work-related incidents and nearly 100 suffered a lost-work-time injury each day.


“These workers are the bloodline of North Dakota, and they deserve to have a safe work environment just the same as a coal miner, construction foreman, or assembly line worker,” said Clairmont. “Partnering with Farmers Union Insurance is a key step to reaching these workers with effective, memorable training that will help get them home safe, every night.”


Dawn Chisholm, who lost her husband Bill in a grain bin entrapment accident in 2002 while he was employed at Chaffee-Lynchburg Farmers Elevator in Durbin, N.D., said safety isn’t always at the forefront of our daily thoughts. “We get complacent and feel we are immune to accidents. Statements like ‘We have made it this far’ or ‘It won’t happen to me’ create in us a false security which leads to careless decisions,” she said. “I passionately believe our workforce, our farmers, our family and our friends need to be trained in safety, making it a priority.”


With 114 agents, Farmers Union Insurance serves policyholders in communities of all sizes across North Dakota. Through the partnership, Farmers Union Insurance policyholders will receive safety services from NDSC at a discounted rate. Learn more at

Lease Space Available at New NDSC Safety Campus


July 30, 2018 – The NDSC’s new hands-on safety training campus in Bismarck has a 1,000 square foot professional office space that is available for lease. Located at 1710 Canary Avenue, the building is centrally located and adjacent to Bismarck State College.


The second floor office includes stunning views of northwest Bismarck and the Missouri River. The space is build-to-suit, but is large enough to accommodate four offices; a large conference room; reception desk; mail/work area; and a spacious storage area.


Other amenities include:

  • Access to a large balcony
  • Elevator access, ADA compliant
  • Ample parking
  • Multi-stall public restroom

Click here to learn more or contact Chuck Clairmont today at or (701) 751-6103.

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