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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construction workers

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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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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