The ABC’s of Fire Extinguishers

The ABC’s of Fire Extinguishers

Just as there is a right tool for every job, there is a right extinguisher for every fire. The class of an extinguisher, identified on its nameplate, corresponds to the class or classes of fire the extinguisher controls. On most construction jobs, we are concerned with Class A, B and C fires. The best extinguisher to have on a job is a multi-purpose Class ABC extinguisher, which contains a dry, powdered chemical under pressure. The following describes the different classes of fire and the kind of extinguisher that is recommended for each.

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OSHA Fines for Coronavirus Violations

OSHA Fines for Coronavirus Violations

OSHA released a statement last Friday stating that since the start of the pandemic, they have cited 37 establishments for Coronavirus violations, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $484,069. Some of the citations included failures to:

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Residential Fall Protection-Constructing and Standing Walls

Residential Fall Protection – Constructing and Standing Walls

OSHA published a notice in 2010 issuing a new compliance directive for fall protection used during residential construction. This new directive requires that all workers/employees must be protected from a fall over 6 feet by conventional fall protection: GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS, SAFETY NETS AND/OR PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS. There are many tasks during residential construction where fall protection will be required.  This tool box talk will focus on constructing and standing walls.

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Residential Fall Protection-Setting Joists/Trusses

Residential Fall Protection-Setting Joists/Trusses

OSHA published a notice in 2010 issuing a new compliance directive for fall protection used during residential construction. This new directive requires that all workers/employees must be protected from a fall over 6 feet by conventional fall protection:  GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS, SAFETY NETS AND/OR PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS. There are many tasks during residential construction where fall protection will be required.  This tool box talk will focus on setting floor joists/trusses.

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Drugs and the workplace just don't mix.

Substance Abuse

According to a recent article in The New York Times, drug overdose deaths are resurging in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, studies showed there was an increase of 5% in overdoses from 2018. This number has risen to 13% so far this year and if the trend continues, it will be the sharpest increase since 2016.

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Conducting a Scaffold Inspection

Conducting a Scaffold Inspection

Scaffolding is a temporary, elevated work platform. Because it is temporary and field erected; it is subject to wear and abuse, improper assembly, and unauthorized changes. Construction standards require that a “competent person” inspect scaffolds for defects before every work shift.

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Employee Responsibility

With OSHA Safe + Sound Week coming to a close we wanted to come full circle and remind employees of their workplace responsibility. In our last post, we explained how Safe + Sound Week is a week to recognize safety successes and to stress the importance of having a safety program in the workplace. So today we will dig into how this affects employees and the responsibility they hold in creating a safe work environment.

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