Set Up and Use of a Ladder - A major cause of falls from ladders is improper set-up. Many accidents can be avoided with common sense and good work practices. Using proper set-up techniques will give your ladder maximum stability and help ensure your safety.   PREPARING TO USE A LADDER Your first step is to rid the area of hazards. Look above… Read More »
4 Overlooked Workplace Safety Practices - Regardless of the work environment, there will always be some tasks that have an element of risk. Some carry an obvious risk, like working with dangerous goods and machinery. Others may not be as obvious and will require clear safety guidelines. In each situation, employees must be aware of their surroundings and know how to… Read More »
4 Overlooked Workplace Hazards - Working in the material handling industry can sometimes place employees in potentially dangerous situations. Safety awareness is paramount in mitigating risks to workers, products and the facility. Reducing the chance of peril is the paragon of effective workplace habits. However, there are a handful of simple steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of… Read More »
8 Common Causes of Workplace Accidents - The workplace can be dangerous, even more so in an industrial environment. Numerous factors can cause accidents, ranging from overexertion to mishandling of hazardous materials. There are also a multitude of variables that can contribute to or influence a workplace incident. Following are eight of the most common causes of accidents in the workplace: Lifting… Read More »
7 Safety Tips for Working in High Places - In many industries, employees are required to deal with the many risks involved in working in high places. Most people automatically think of a skyscraper building when considering dangerous occupations where work is done above ground level, but death or serious injury can occur much closer to the ground. If a simple fall is hard… Read More »
6 guidelines to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls - It’s probably happened to most of us. That momentary lapse of inattention thinking about a personal problem or distracted by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall. A stumble down a stairway. A trip over an uneven surface. Slipping on the ice. It can lead to a variety of regrettable events ranging… Read More »
Pre-start Inspection for an AWP - Prior to each work shift, conduct a pre-start inspection to verify that the equipment and all its components are in safe operating condition. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and include a check of: Vehicle components * Proper fluid levels (oil, hydraulic, fuel and coolant); * Leaks of fluids; * Wheels and tires; * Battery and charger;… Read More »
Wear Safety Shoes - Foot trouble can be as painful as back trouble, and it can be just as restrictive as to what type of work you can do, too. People used to complain about their bunions and corns hurting, but these complaints are less common today due to improved medical treatment and the better shoes now available. To… Read More »
Ergonomics: Tool Grip - Commonly a tool comprises a head and a handle, with sometimes a shaft, or, in the case of the power tool, a body. Since the tool must meet the requirements of multiple users, basic conflicts can arise which may have to be met with compromise. Some of these conflicts derive from limitations in the capacities… Read More »
Decreasing exposure concentration - For reducing exposure concentration, it is useful to consider the source, the environment in which a hazard occurs and the workers who are exposed. As a general rule, the closer controls are to a source, the more efficient and effective they are. Three general types of controls can be used to reduce the concentration of… Read More »