Workplace Heating Devices

Workplace Heating Devices

With Colorado weather, we may never know when our next snowfall may be. For many people, this means heating our workplaces with temporary heaters. When used correctly, temporary heaters can make your working environment much more comfortable. When used incorrectly, they present a significant risk of fire or explosion.

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working with gasoline

Working with Gasoline

Gasoline is so commonly used and easily obtained that people forget how dangerous it is. Consequently, many people are killed or injured every year because of not handling gasoline safely. Keep in mind the points we will discuss today whether you’re using gasoline at home or on the job. Gasoline is manufactured to be used only as a motor fuel. In this way, it can be a useful product. But when used in other ways, it can be deadly.

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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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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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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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