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Dust

13 Oct

Any combustible material can burn at a more rapid rate when in a finely divided form. For example sawdust will burn much faster than a 2×4 piece of lumber. If that dust is floating through the air with the right concentration, it could essentially light the air around you on fire, changing from combustible to […]

Cognizance of Silica

06 Oct

OSHA has 2 new silica standards being implemented, one for the Construction industry and one for the General Industry and Maritime. Construction has had the standard in place since September 23rd; the standard for the General Industry will be implemented by June 23rd, 2018. There is a reason why Construction is the first to be […]

Silica Control Measures

29 Sep

With the new Silica Standard already in place as of September 23rd, Shamrock as a company needs to give our 100% effort to ensure we are compliant with the stricter regulations. The new standard was put in place for the health and wellbeing of all workers that come into any sort of contact with silica […]

New Silica Standard

22 Sep

On September 23rd the new standard for Silica exposure from OSHA will be implemented for the Construction Industry. OSHA estimates that the new rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline […]

Burns

05 Sep

A burn is the most common shock-related injury. And we all know the types of burns i.e. first-degree, second-degree, third-degree. But getting further into it, when burns are suffered in electrical accidents they may be of 3 different types. Electrical Burns, Arc Burns, and Thermal Contact Burns. Thermal Contact Burns are the “normal” burns when […]

Multi Employer Worksites – 2

21 Aug

The jobsite has multiple trades working to complete the building. And while everyone is trying their best to get the job done and make sure everyone is safe, 100% communication with everyone on the jobsite is a hard task to accomplish. You can be working on your task perfectly safe, but if something is occurring […]

Boring

11 Aug

Ask someone to recite the months of the year in order from January to December; they can probably blow through it in six seconds.  Ask someone to recite the months of the year alphabetically and you will get slower responses.  People will take their time and think it through and make sure they get it […]

Material Handling

07 Aug

  Workers can be injured by falling objects, improperly stacked materials, or by various types of equipment.  When manually moving materials workers should be aware of potential injuries, including the following: ” Strains and sprains from improperly lifting or from carrying loads that are either too large or too heavy ” Fractures and bruises caused by being […]

Power Source

24 Jul

As per our Lockout/Tagout Procedure, when working on equipment make sure you disconnect the power source to that equipment.  This extends to tools.  When replacing a blade on your saw or for any piece of equipment that you use you should remove the battery or unplug it; make sure to disconnect it from any type […]

Unknown Substances

18 Jul

Safety Message for the Week – 07/17/17 – Unknown Substances Always be aware of what you know and what others around you don’t know. For example; a worker consumed what he thought was water from what he thought was his water bottle, but it ended up being an alcohol based solution. Someone had poured a […]