power tools

Power Tool Safety

Portable power tools are one of the greatest time and energy savers around. Since they’re so readily available and useful, we tend to forget that they’re powered, and have the potential to amputate, break bones, electrocute, and kill. Some of the serious accidents using power tools have involved situations like the following:

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fireworks safety month

Fireworks Safety Month

If you’re like us, you might feel like this year is passing in the blink of an eye. Many people will be celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow, so we wanted to take a moment to remind you to use caution if you plan to light your own fireworks.

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Effect of Coronavirus on Construction Industry

Effect of Coronavirus on Construction Industry

As we all know, Coronavirus has had a major impact on the construction industry and our day to day operations. It seems like there are new rules and findings daily. It may feel like a hassle for you to keep up with the rule changes as the knowledge about Coronavirus increases, but these daily changes like social distancing and wearing a mask could help keep you healthy, on the jobsite working, and could potentially save your life. You can read this article from The Daily Sentinel for some tips on how to navigate these challenges and what other companies are doing to remain functioning during the pandemic.

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safety glasses

Eye Protection

Can you tell me how many basic senses there are, and can you name them? Taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight. Of the five, which is the one that we depend upon the most? You guessed it – it is your eyesight.

Everything we do involves the use of our eyes and we were only born with two so we can’t take them for granted. How many times have you said or heard – “He should have worn his safety glasses.”? Or, “If I had been wearing my safety glasses, I wouldn’t have injured my eye.” Too many times!

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Heat Stress Safety Tips

Protecting Workers from Heat Stress

Heat Illness

Extended exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The various types of heat illness include heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash, and should be avoided. But the most serious heat illness is heat stroke.

There are precautions that can be taken any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work. The information below can be used to assess situations where heat illness may arise.

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American Red Cross COVID First Aid and CPR Guidance

American Red Cross COVID First Aid and CPR Guidance

Last month the American Red Cross provided guidance in regards to the prevention and safety of performing first aid and CPR to individuals sick with Coronavirus during these times. You can find the full article here: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/in-the-news/coronavirus-prevention-information-for-students.

As we know, standard hygiene practices help prevent the spread of viruses and can protect us and those around us. Below is a summary of their recommendations for each type of care:

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SFI Compliance Video Tool Box

Video Tool Box Talks (VTBT’s)

Coronavirus has made a major impact on our everyday lives, especially on the job site. However, we should not allow this to impact our team’s safety training. At SFI, we believe having the knowledge you need to apply safe work practices will help all team members return home at the end of the day. This is why we have been creating Video Tool Box Talks (VTBT’s).

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The Hazards of Silica Dust

Crystalline silica is a common mineral in the earth's crust and is found in many types of rock including sand, quartz, and granite. Silica is present in both work and non-work environments, and exposure to crystalline silica dust has long been known to cause a disease called silicosis. When you inhale crystalline silica the lung tissue reacts by developing fibrous tissue around trapped silica particles. This condition of the lung is called silicosis.

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Fall Protection-Subpart M

Fall Protection – Subpart M

OSHA standards for fall protection state that three types of protection to be used for fall protection. These are commonly called conventional fall protections, read more about them below.

OSHA released a final rule covering FALL PROTECTION in the construction industry way back on February 6, 1995. This rule can be found in CFR 1926 Subpart M.  The procedures specified in this standard are intended to prevent employees from falling off, onto, or through working levels, and to protect them from falling objects.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, saves lives when worn and used correctly.

OSHA requires the use of PPE to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels.

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