Material Handling- Hand Truck Safety - Hand trucks are effective for reducing strain while moving heavy materials. However, injury can still occur. Use the following tips to prevent strains, trips and falls when using a hand truck. Lifting practices: Load and unload the hand truck carefully, following proper lifting technique. Always keep your back straight while lifting. Get help if the… Read More »
Extension Cord Safety - Extension cords are everywhere: Extension cords can be found in nearly all vocational settings due to the widespread use of electronic equipment and electrically powered tools. They are more susceptible to damage than fixed wiring because they are exposed, flexible, and unsecured. The normal wear and tear on extension cords can loosen or expose internal… Read More »
Cordless Power Tools - Corded and cordless drills are operated by electrical means. They each have their own safety requirements. Cordless tools have specific requirements to ensure proper functionality and ultimately worker safety. Cordless power tools can include the following: Drills Circular Saws Orbital/Belt and Circular Sanders And, other equipment Use of cordless power tools: Manufacturer instructions – carefully… Read More »
Construction Safety – Safe Practices 4 - Safety awareness of your work environment and surroundings: When entering an unfamiliar work area, familiarize yourself with any required safety precautions. Be sure your footing is well supported before stepping. Watch out for overhanging planks, slippery spots, loose objects, etc. Be aware of work going on around you. Keep clear of suspended loads, traffic areas,… Read More »
Construction Safety- Safe Practices 3 - Tools and machinery – prior to using: Do not use tools with split, broken or loose handles. Be sure you have clear area behind you before swinging a sledgehammer, or any other tools or materials. Keep tools and materials away from edge of scaffolds, platforms, shaft openings, etc. Have tools with burred or mushroomed heads… Read More »
How Often Should You Be Conducting Training? - In the ever-changing construction industry, there’s always something new to learn. Between existing industry standards. changing safety regulations, and technology like never before; it’s vital for you and your staff to stay informed. CCS Construction Staffing knows the importance of detailed training, and can help you know what works. Training During Onboarding Before any construction… Read More »
Construction Safety- Safe Practices 2 - Physical health and safety: • Report to work rested and physically fit to perform your job. • Intoxicants and illicit drugs are not permitted – cause for disciplinary action. • Bend your knees, and keep your back nearly straight when lifting. Leg muscles, not your back, should do the work. • Get help with heavy… Read More »
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 »