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How to Protect Workers from Chemicals

How to Protect Workers from Chemicals

In the construction industry, welding and cutting are common activities that can unfortunately lead to severe health consequences. The metals used in creating a new weld joint and the chemicals used in the metals themselves that are being heated can both produce toxic fumes. Read more

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Improving Dangerous Construction Site Safety Tips

Dangerous Construction Site Safety 101

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places there are. In 2012 there were more than 760 fatal incidents surrounding the industry, with falls, electrocution, falling debris and “caught-in” accidents being the most common causes. Here are some ways you can improve dangerous construction site safety.

OSHA Training

You should ensure that all of your staff, supervisors and subcontractors are well-educated and trained in all OSHA safety regulations and why these are in place. The organization offers Construction Industry Outreach Training, which encompasses everything workers need to know to recognize, avoid and prevent hazards. The program includes 30 hours of training and is excellent for workers, subcontractors and supervisors.

Personal Protective Equipment

Using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is a vital aspect of construction safety. Hardhats, safety goggles, face protection, slip- and puncture-resistant work boots, the right kinds of gloves to protect hands while allowing necessary dexterity and the like should all be applied without exception and wherever needed.

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Scaffolding and Heights

Scaffolding accidents are some of the most common accidents in the industry. They are some of the most frequent citations issued by OSHA for dangerous construction site safety violations. Ensure that scaffolds are always on solid footing, securely planed together and anchored, in good working condition, and never overloaded or moved within 10 feet of power lines.

Whenever possible, any worker on scaffolding or at height should be tethered and anchored so that if the unthinkable happens, they do not fall a great distance and suffer injury or death. Guard rails should always be applied as additional safety, and entrances and egress should have handrails and be permanently available.

Electrical Issues

Electrocution is a major risk for workers. Work should never be performed on or near live wires or circuits. Power should always be completely cut before work begins. Effective tag and lockout systems must always be in place, and all cords should be properly grounded. Know where all power lines are and keep any ladders, scaffolding and equipment away. Finally, never use damaged, worn or frayed electrical cables.

Communication

Communication is your first line of defense against accidents. This does not just apply to alerts issued when incidents occur. It also means using the proper signage and warnings wherever needed. It means offering and ensuring that all of your workers have the proper training and education.

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Having a solid plan of action when dealing with heavy equipment is vital. Make sure that no one not rated to use the equipment is anywhere in the vicinity. For moving equipment or vehicles, establish zones where no one is permitted to walk past, and specific procedures for equipment movement.

Of course, accidents can happen no matter how strong your dangerous construction site safety may be. Carrying proper liability insurance is vital to make sure that you and your workers are covered in case the unthinkable happens.



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Tips for Staying Safe While Roofing

How to Stay Safe While Roofing

Roofing is an exceptionally dangerous job, which is why Roofing Contractors Insurance is so important to have. The risks of slipping, falling, collapse and equipment failure can case disastrous results if the right safety procedures are not followed. As a contractor, it’s not only important to protect yourself from liability that arises from injury and accidents, but to safeguard your employees from the same. Here’s an overview of some tips to keep you and your workers safe while repairing and replacing roofs.

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Safety Tips on How to Prepare for an Earthquake

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

An earthquake generally lasts only a few seconds, but California residents can agree that it can be the most terrifying few seconds of a person’s life. Buildings crack and loosen debris, furniture tumbles about, electrical wires can come loose and fires can result. The aftermath of an earthquake can last far, far longer than the brief time it takes to get through the event. However, if you understand how to prepare for an earthquake, you can mitigate some of the serious damage, reduce your liability and save lives.

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Avoiding Backover Injuries

When a worker is standing, kneeling or walking behind a vehicle and is struck when the vehicle backs up, this is a backover injury. These backover injuries are far too common and are very preventable. In 2011, there were over 70 deadly backover incidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These accidents happen for a variety of reasons and in a broad range of situations. Here are some best practices for avoiding these issues. Read more