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Glen O'Rourke, ALCM

Glen O'Rourke, ALCM

Senior Risk Management Consultant

Glen joined the ICW Group in 2000 and services the Northern California region. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and his professional certifications include an Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM). Glen is also an OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer.

Posts by Glen...

Chipping in for Safety

December 13, 2018 by Glen O'Rourke, ALCM No comments

Wood chippers (also referred to as wood shredders) are used by tree trimming and landscaping contractors to shred trimmed branches and pieces of brush in to small chips for use as mulch or compost material. Basic operation is thus: the …  Read more …

Screw Conveyors: Hazardous Machinery Requires Specific Procedures

December 7, 2018 by Glen O'Rourke, ALCM No comments

Screw conveyors are used to convey bulk materials in granular form from one point in a process to another. They consist of a continuous helical blade about to a rotating shaft, (also referred to as an auger), enclosed within a …  Read more …

Preventing Accidents in Non-Routine Tasks

January 31, 2017 by Glen O'Rourke, ALCM No comments

Nearly all organizations must occasionally have non-routine tasks performed. In this case, a “non-routine task” is a task that is performed no more than once per year. These tasks can include specialized maintenance of equipment or storage vessels (tanks, silos, …  Read more …

Airborne Contaminants: The Hazards Present

November 17, 2014 by Glen O'Rourke, ALCM No comments

In part two of my series on airborne contaminants, I will be reviewing the hazards associated with each contaminant. As a reminder, I discussed the five basic types of airborne contaminants – dust, fume, vapor mist, and gas – in …  Read more …

Airborne Contaminants: Defining the Terms

November 5, 2014 by Glen O'Rourke, ALCM No comments

Airborne contaminants can present a significant threat to your team’s health and safety. When determining which control measures to use to protect you and your workers from airborne contaminants, its important to first identify and understand them.  In part one …  Read more …

Look Out (Above) for Overhead Electrical Power Lines

May 30, 2014 by Glen O'Rourke, ALCM No comments

When evaluating outdoor work, don’t forget to consider that a hazard could be lurking from above: electrocution from overhead electrical power transmission lines.  Due to the high voltages involved, overhead power lines are to be considered uninsulated.  If equipment that …  Read more …