Construction Safety- Safe Practices 1 - Fire safety and combustible materials: Keep oily rags away from oxygen to avoid spontaneous combustion. Always light torch with a “torch lighter.” Never use a match or cigarette and never in a keg or drum. Open compressed gas cylinders slowly to avoid valve damage. Make sure engines in buildings are away from combustible materials, and… Read More »
Carpentry Safety - Personal protective equipment: Keep work shoes in good condition so that your footing will always be solid and secure. Turn trouser cuffs up inside and sew.   Elevated work: Erect scaffolds and supports from sound materials of ample strength to carry the load. Construct platforms of sound lumber. Secure toe boards and handrails in place.… Read More »
Electrical Safety - Accidents Most electrical accidents occur because people are working on or near equipment that is: thought to be dead but which is live; known to be live but those involved do not have adequate training or appropriate equipment to prevent injury, or they have not taken adequate precautions.   Examples of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)… Read More »
10 Steps to Safety - Safety is the responsibility of each and every employee. Not only do you have to be concerned with your own work practices, you have to be aware of all workers performing around you. As a construction worker, you deal with hazardous equipment, tools and materials and consistently face difficult circumstances that affect safety and health.… Read More »
Machine safety: using machine guards to reduce risks - Crushed digits, lacerated body parts, fractured bones… this litany of horrors may bring images of grim Victorian workhouses to mind, but tragically such injuries are far from confined to the past.  And the cause? Mechanical equipment used without adequate guarding and safe systems of work. So, given that machinery is the mainstay of many a workplace, how… Read More »
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 »