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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. […]

Trenches

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 […]

Extension Cords

20 Nov

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 3,000 residential fires originate from extension cords short circuiting, overloading, and/or being misused. Please keep in mind the following tips:  Do not remove the prongs of an electrical plug. […]

Warning Signs

27 Oct

When thinking of warning signs, it comes to mind those brightly colored signs, indicating a danger ahead or blocking off access to the area. These signs are in place for a reason, and are not to be ignored. However there aren’t always physical, brightly colored signs flashing in your face telling you what danger is […]

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 […]