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Hard Hat 101

12 Mar

Hard hats are commonly used in many types of workplaces to protect employees from head trauma caused by falling objects, striking their head against an object, or electrical hazards. The hard hat is a piece of personal protective equipment designed to individually protect an employee when all other methods of protection cannot. Two classifications of […]


26 Feb

Electric shock and fatalities occur on construction sites when temporary power systems are in use. All construction workers who operate power tools should receive training in the systems that safeguard them from electrical hazards. An Assured Equipment Grounding Program is a scheduled system for testing construction site electrical tools and cords to assure their proper […]

Heavy Equipment

11 Feb

Know Your Surroundings -Always perform a walk around inspection of your machine before operation. Be Alert – Sound your horn before backing up. Clean and adjust your mirrors for best visibility. Keep your machine and equipment off the road whenever possible. Use signs, reflectors and high visible clothing to warn oncoming traffic if you are […]

Extension Cords

29 Jan

  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with electric extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms. About half of the injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions or sprains from people tripping over extension cords. CPSC also estimates that about 3,300 residential fires originate in extension cords […]

Hand Tool Injuries

22 Jan

A hand injury may not be life threatening but will probably be life changing since these injuries can be very difficult to repair. Injuries related to hand tools make up between seven and eight percent of all compensable injuries each year. Many involve severe, permanent disabilities.  Puncture wounds are very common results from the use […]


04 Jan

Good illumination is important to maximize production and maintain quality control.  Poor lighting on the job-site will lead to personal injury, accidents, tripping, falling and injuries from tools and equipment.  OSHA requires that all construction areas, including stairs, ramps, storage areas, shops, offices, etc. be lighted by natural or artificial illumination.  For general construction areas […]

Aware of your Surroundings

15 Dec

Most accidents can be prevented if you know what to look for. Hazard awareness, being aware of your surroundings, exercising safe work practices and keeping your work area clean can help reduce chances for a slip, trip or fall. There may be conditions or situations where walking or working on uneven terrain cannot be avoided. […]


11 Dec

Trench cave-ins can be prevented. Yet every year there are an estimated 75 to 200 deaths and more than 1,000 lost work days per year from trenching accidents.  You must inspect all excavations each day for evidence of a situation that could result in possible cave-ins, dangerous atmospheres or other dangerous conditions.  These are a […]

Tool Box Talks

24 Nov

Every employee should participate in a Tool Box Talk every week, regardless of job size.  Many jobs require a daily huddle, but we still need a documented TBT every week.  If you miss a TBT, let your foreman know.  OSHA loves to crack down on missing paperwork, and TBT are considered documentation of training.  If […]