Posts Tagged: safety

Material Handling- Hand Truck Safety

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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

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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

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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

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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 2

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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 »

10 Steps to Safety

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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 »

7 Safety Tips for Working in High Places

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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 »

Wear Safety Shoes

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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

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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 »

Scaffolds

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Scaffolds consist of easily assembled frameworks of steel or timber on which working platforms may be placed. Scaffolds may be fixed or mobile. Fixed scaffolds—that is, those erected alongside a building or structure—are either independent or putlog. The independent scaffold has uprights or standards along both sides of its platforms and is capable of remaining… Read More »