Critical Issues Events Scheduled in
Bismarck and Dickinson


November 28, 2018 – Incident investigations that focus on identifying and correcting root causes, instead of finding fault or blame, improve workplace morale and increase productivity by demonstrating an employer’s commitment to a safe and healthy workplace. That is why the NDSC chose Incident Investigation: What Every Employer Should Know as the next Critical Issues training series topic.


During this engaging Critical Issues training session, you will:

  • learn the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 6 FUNDAMENTAL STEPS to a comprehensive incident investigation
  • test your knowledge during a MOCK INVESTIGATION group exercise
  • PRACTICE the NSC’s fundamental steps
  • learn key items to include in an incident investigation toolkit

Plus, all attendees will walk away with a free copy of the NSC’s Incident Investigation Toolkit Checklist.


This course is FREE to NDSC members and only $30 for non-members.


Register now for one of our upcoming events:
Tuesday, December 18 – Bismarck, 8 – 9:30am
Thursday, March 7 – Dickinson, 8:30 – 10am


Registration Now OPEN for the
46th Annual Safety & Health Conference


November 15, 2018 – You won’t want to miss this year’s event! We’ve scheduled 55 speakers from North Dakota and across the country, and coordinated 3 world-class keynotes, 88 dynamic breakout sessions and 16 Pre-Conference workshops.

Each year we strive to make the conference better for you! New items this year include:


  • CEUs for the Safety Professional (and we have applied for CEUs for HR, Law Enforcement and EMS)
  • Additional day of Pre-Conference
  • Closing keynote on Friday
  • New speakers, including Krista Geller, Dan Snyder, Eldeen Pozniak, and more
  • And last but certainly not least, we’ve added a BACON breakfast!

If you are interested in registering for our conference, becoming a sponsor, or exhibiting, check out our event website here. Download the 2019 Conference brochure, or contact us today if you have not received one!

Our 2017-2018 Annual Report: A Story of Success Through Partnership


November 8, 2018 – From our families to yours, we would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your tireless dedication to making our roads, workplaces, communities and homes safe.


Our 2017-2018 Annual Report shares the stories of a few of our friends impacted by a life-altering workplace injury, fatality, or a life saved. These stories of tragedy and triumph remind us each day why our work is so important, and why we need to keep working together to pursue our vision of making North Dakota the safest state in the nation.


Thanks to your contributions, we achieved huge strides toward our overall vision. Please take a moment to review the report and celebrate the successes we have achieved together.


Click here to read our 2017-2018 Annual Report.

Lyft and States Partner to Encourage Responsible Road Use


California, Illinois, Louisiana, North Dakota and Washington receive funds and ride-hailing service credits for holiday campaigns


Original News Release from GHSA on November 8, 2018


November 8, 2018 – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Lyft have awarded State Highway Safety Offices in five states more than $85,000 in grant funds and Lyft ride credits to support campaigns that deter impaired road use this holiday season.


The holidays are a time for celebration, which also means an increase in the number of impaired drivers out on the roads. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one in four weekend drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could impair their driving skills and 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December 2017.


This is the first year of a state grant program funded by Lyft and administered by GHSA providing a combination of cash grants and ride credits that can be used toward discounts on Lyft fares. The goal of the program is to encourage road users to use a ride-hailing service to travel when they are impaired, rather than putting themselves or others at risk.


“Lyft’s mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and that includes helping to keep everyone on the roads safe,” said Ed Hutchison, Road Safety Partnerships Manager at Lyft. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Governors Highway Safety Association and these five State Highway Safety Offices to help people remember to plan smart alternatives, such as Lyft, to help them safely reach their destinations during the holidays.”


North Dakota was one of five states selected for the grant. The North Dakota Department of Transportation will focus on reaching individuals in and around six population centers. Campaign ads will display to people in those areas consuming online content about restaurants, bars and weekend events, while Lyft reminder messages will be sent to the mobile devices of users who have previously engaged with the campaign if they are at bars and restaurants in the geo-targeted areas on evenings and weekends.


“The holidays should be a time of celebration, but far too many families instead have to face the loss of a loved one due to impaired road use,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Ride-hailing services are an easy alternative to impaired driving and we are excited to partner with Lyft on this effort to provide resources that will help ensure the safety of all road users.


Fall Protection Tops OSHA’s Annual ‘Top 10’ List of Most Frequently Cited Violations

October 26, 2018 –
Fall Protection – General Requirements is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the eighth consecutive year, the agency and Safety+Health announced October 23 at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo. The top five violations remained unchanged for the fourth straight year. Eye and Face Protection emerged as a newcomer, ranking 10th.


“The Top 10 represents the most frequently cited standards, and they are a good place to start for the employer in identifying hazards in their own workplace,” Kapust said during the presentation.


The full list includes:
1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,270 violations
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,552 violations
3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,336 violations
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,118 violations
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,944 violations
6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,812 violations
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,294 violations
8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,982 violations
9. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,972 violations
10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,536 violations


“Knowing how workers are hurt can go a long way toward keeping them safe,” NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in an Oct. 23 press release. “The OSHA Top 10 list calls out areas that require increased vigilance to ensure everyone goes home safely each day.”

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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The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.