Safety

Ladder Safety - Use the appropriate ladder for the job. Inspect the ladder for defects before using. Check to see if fall protection is needed. Place on stable and level ground. Assure that load capacity is not exceeded. Use three points of contact while on the ladder. If a ladder is used to access an upper landing, the… Read More »
Slips, Trips and Falls - Safety tips: Keep the floor clear. Remember to keep hoses and electrical cords out of walkways. Keep the floor clean. Clean up grease, water and other liquids immediately. Install non-skid mats in walkways and handrails in stairways. Climbing and reaching high places will increase your chance of falling. Use appropriate gear for tasks in these… Read More »
Why Wear Hard Hats? - Why wear hard hats? The brain is the control center of the body. If it is damaged in any way, the entire body will be at risk. Normally the skull protects the brain from injury, but when falling or flying objects are a hazard, additional protection must be worn. Sometimes workers are reluctant to wear… Read More »
Safe Behaviors: Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention - Slips, trips, and falls are a common type of accident in general industry. While management has a responsibility to make workplaces as safe as possible, employees also have a responsibility to report any hazards they find and to follow safe work practices to minimize risk. Follow the slip, trip, and fall prevention plan. Complete all… Read More »
Ladder Safety - Four rules cover safe use of ladders. They are: – Pick the right ladder for the job you are going to do. – Make sure the ladder is in good condition. – Set up the ladder correctly. – Work safely on the ladder.   Let’s examine these rules one at a time.   Pick the… Read More »
Fire Extinguisher Use - Prior to fighting any type of fire with a fire extinguisher, a risk assessment must be performed to evaluate such conditions as the fire size, fuel type, evacuation routes, and other hazards in the area. Risk assessment questions: The following questions will help you decide if you should stay and fight a fire or if… Read More »
Falling or Moving Objects - Take protective measures when there is a chance of falling or moving objects. Falling or moving objects disable more than 260,000 workers a year. Of every 100 workers hurt, 14 are struck by something falling or moving. Wearing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can help workers avoid this kind of accident. In order to… Read More »
Fall Protection – More Precautions - Falls disable 400,000 workers each year. Use caution to avoid falling accidents. If you are on ground level: Watch out for slippery spots such as oil, grease or water spills. Use aisles. Don’t take shortcuts through storage and machinery areas. Look out for objects on the floor that can roll, slide or trip you. If… Read More »
Dealing with Workplace Drug Abuse - Estimates from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) indicate that in 2007:  13.1 million (75.3 percent) of the 17.4 million adults classified with substance dependence or abuse were employed full-time. Of the reported 55.3 million adult binge drinkers, 44 million (79.4 percent) were employed. Of the reported 16.4 million people heavy use of alcohol, of… Read More »
Critical Safety Behaviors - Unsafe behaviors or decisions are usually contributing factors in incidents. Sometimes an unsafe behavior increases the severity of injuries; other times, it is simply a key determinant in causing the incident. While employers also have a large responsibility to control hazards for their employees, the role employees play is vital. If you understand the hazards… Read More »