Safety Blog

Electrical Safety & Power Tools

There is no such thing as being too safe!

Electricity can be dangerous whenever you work with power tools or on electrical circuits, there is a risk of electrical hazards, especially electrical shock. Anyone can be exposed to these hazards at home or at work. Workers are exposed to more hazards because job sites can be cluttered with tools and materials, fast-paced, and possibly open to the weather. Because electricity is a familiar part of our lives, it often is not treated with enough caution.

Hazard Recognition

 Don't wait for accidents to occur! Think and plan ahead! 
Anticipate, evaluate and control hazards. 

Falls Through Holes and Openings

Occupational fatalities caused by falls remain a serious public health problem throughout the United States.

Holes and openings are made in roofs and floors of buildings, both when they are built and when they are torn down. Workers can be injured or killed if they fall through the holes.

FAQ's for Hearing Protection

How do I insert a foam earplug?

  1. Roll the earplug
  2. Pull up and away on the top of your ear with your opposite hand
  3. Hold the earplug after inserting it

 

How long can someone be in a loud noise before it's hazardous?

The degree of hearing hazard is related to both the level of the noise as well as to the duration of the exposure. But this question is like asking how long can people look at the sun without damaging their eyes.

Occupational Noise Exposure

Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common
work-related illnesses in the United States.

Each year, about 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work. Over 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to chemicals, some of which are harmful to the ear (ototoxic) and hazardous to hearing. In addition to damaging workers’ quality of life, occupational hearing loss carries a high economic price to society.

March is Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute (ALI) sponsors its third annual National Ladder Safety Month.

Ladder Safety Checklist

Did you know that, on average, work-related ladder falls result in one death and more than 180 nonfatal injuries every two days in America?

This Ladder Safety Checklist is provided from the American Ladder Institute
 
Reminders About Your Ladder
  • Determine what type of ladder is appropriate for your current work environment
  • Confirm that the ladder is the appropriate length for the task

OSHA – Recordkeeping & Reporting

OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses on OSHA Form 300: “Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses”. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.

OSHA’s Focus Four

Worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities

5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016 (3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) on average, more than 99 a week or more than 14 deaths every day.

Ladders. Where would we be without them?