Safety Blog

What is a NEAR MISS?

A Near Miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality, or damage; in other words, a miss that was nonetheless very near. 

Are your Eyes in Danger?

Employees can be exposed to large numbers of hazards that pose danger to their eyes and face. OSHA requires employers to ensure that employees have appropriate eye or face protection if they are exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, potentially infected material or potentially harmful light radiation. 

Lead Awareness in the Workplace

 

SCIENCE LESSON FOR TODAY!

Inorganic lead is a malleable, blue-gray, heavy metal that occurs naturally in the Earth’s crust. Lead was one of the first metals used by humans and consequently, the cause of the first recorded occupational disease (lead colic in a 4th century BC metal worker). Lead can be used as a pure metal, combined with another metal to form an alloy, or in the form of a chemical compound.

The new normal: 8 ways the coronavirus crisis is changing construction

 

Contractors face an industry that has been drastically changed by the both public health and economic effects of the pandemic.
 

From a renewed emphasis on jobsite safety to longer project delivery times and the increased influence of organized labor, the virus has upended many facets of the industry. Companies that try to return to a business-as-usual mentality will face a harsh new reality.

Here are eight ways that COVID-19 has altered the construction industry for the near future and beyond.

February = American Heart Month

Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest Discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, pain squeezing, or fullness.

Be Alert for Moving Equipment!

When construction equipment is rumbling around a project, watch your step! To minimize accidents, both construction workers AND equipment operators should keep their eyes open and be aware of their surroundings at all times. The following are ways to help you maintain a healthy respect for cranes, dozers, excavators, lifts and trucks:
 
  1. Equipment operators may not see you. Don't take for granted that they do.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Around the World, a Death Occurs Every 20 Seconds Due to Poor Indoor Air Quality!

Chemicals and related odors can be sources of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) problems in buildings. Odors are organic or inorganic compounds and can be both pleasant and unpleasant. Some odors can be health hazards and some are not. While chemical contaminants can originate from within the building, chemicals can also be drawn into a building from the outdoors as well.

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.