Safety

Hard Hats

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There really isn’t any excuse for not wearing a hard hat on jobs that require one. The miracles of chemistry and manufacturing have turned out head protection to fit every need and about every taste. Hard hats should be worn on all jobs where hazards exist from falling or flying objects; harmful contact, or exposure… Read More »

Don’t Take Hand Tools for Granted

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Too many people do so, both at home and at work. Household jobs usually are light. So you sometimes can get away with using tools improperly or substituting one tool for another. Our work, however, makes rugged demands on tools. If we misuse a tool, or use one that’s wrong for the job or in… Read More »

Safe Lifting

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Lifting activities are in the top 5 causes for injuries at WMU. Back, shoulder, and joint injuries are common when lifting improperly or attempting to lift objects heavier than someone can manage. Today we will discuss proper lifting techniques and tips so we can reduce the risk of these preventable injuries. Prepare:  Perform a… Read More »

NIOSH Ladder Safety Mobile Application

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The Ladder Safety app earned a merit award from the Digital Health Awards, a program that recognizes the world’s best digital health resources for consumers and health professionals. What is the Ladder Safety app? The Ladder Safety app, NIOSH’s first mobile application, is designed to improve extension and step ladder safety—a concern for those working… Read More »

Stairs and Walkways

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Stairways and walkways in all businesses can be the cause of injury accidents. These passageways do not typically get the maintenance they need, since they are “only” access ways and not production areas. Here are ten safety tips to help eliminate exposures at your company. Always keep one hand free to use the handrails, both… Read More »

FALL PROTECTION

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All fall protection products fit into four functional categories. 1. Fall Arrest; 2. Positioning; 3. Suspension; 4. Retrieval. Fall Arrest A fall arrest system is required if any risk exists that a worker may fall from an elevated position, as a general rule, the fall arrest system should be used anytime a working height of… Read More »

Ladder Safety

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   Choose the correct ladder Ladder type- freestanding (step ladders) and non-freestanding (extension ladders), as well as step stools, platform and trolley ladders. Chose a ladder that is capable of supporting your weight and the weight of any materials you will be using (See chart). Do not use step ladders in a folded and leaned… Read More »

Keeping Cool on the Site in the Summer Heat

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Construction Staffing

When you’re on site, staying safe is just as important as finishing a project. Productivity depends on staff being smart and responsible. Summer construction sites can heat up, and it’s vital to stay cool and conscious. Here’s the top five ways to stay cool during a job in the summer. Stay Hydrated It’s essential to… Read More »

Top Four Construction Hazards

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The top four causes of construction fatalities are: Falls, Struck-By, Caught-In/Between and Electrocutions. Prevent Falls Wear and use personal fall arrest equipment. Install and maintain perimeter protection. Cover and secure floor openings and label floor opening covers. Use ladders and scaffolds safely.     Prevent Struck-By Never position yourself between moving and fixed objects. Wear… Read More »

Choosing Safety Glasses, Goggles, and Face Shields

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Keeping your eyes safe from harm should be a number one priority on the job site. After all, you only get one set of eyes and even the smallest speck of dust moving at just the right speed and angle can damage them for life. It’s imperative to protect your eyes from any hazard you… Read More »