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Flagging

06 Apr

When flagging traffic, we want to do everything we can to prevent an accident. An accident can mean damaged vehicles and equipment, personal injury and/or fatalities. Being a flagger is a very important job, because you have the responsibility of protecting the public, your fellow workers, and yourself. A flagger is used where conditions are […]

Electrical Safety

26 Mar

Know how to power up and power down the equipment before starting any work. Properly lock out and tag out any systems that are to be worked on. Identify the location of emergency stops, outlets and power sources. Inspect electrical cords of all types for exposed or frayed wiring. Extension cords should only be used […]

Close Calls

19 Mar

  A “close call” or accident without injury is easy to shrug off and forget. But, there is a danger in brushing off accidents that don’t hurt, harm or damage. When a “close call” happens, it should immediately send up a red warning flag that something was wrong, unplanned, or unexpected, and could happen again. […]

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 […]

AGP & GFCI

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 […]

Illumination

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 […]