Monthly Archives: April 2015

Aerial Lifts Safety

Before you operate an aerial lift you need to be qualified.  Qualification can accomplished through classroom and hands-on training with the type of aerial lift that will be used.  Do not operate or work from an aerial lift unless you are qualified.  This tool-box-talk will highlight some basic requirements. Aerial lifts include the following types […]

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OSHA Electrical Standards ToolBox Talk – The Shocking Truth Revealed

Electricity is such a part of our everyday life we take it for granted and don’t treat it with the respect it deserves. Like the previous standards we have reviewed, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see and understand the hazards – Just common sense. We all know that electrical shocks can be extremely […]

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Accident Reporting

Accidents shouldn’t happen, but, if they do, they must be reported them immediately to your foreman or supervisor; not days or weeks later. An accident analysis must also be conducted to try and determine how to prevent it from happening again. Even if no one is injured or no property damage occurs, don’t ignore the […]

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Applying Historical Principles to Grow Your Construction Company

In these tough economic times, we see construction companies surviving and growing and those failing or just fading away. Interestingly enough, the Bible reveals some time-tested principles that we should all heed and apply in our daily lives. As a Trusted Advisor to the industry, I have observed one interesting phenomenon regarding companies that fail.  […]

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Subcontractors and Site Safety

Generally speaking, prime contractors hire subcontractors to perform the majority of the scope of work. The subcontract agreements should outline specific performance requirements for the subcontractor in matters pertaining to safety. The question here is “Do you actually review, on an ongoing basis, the subcontractors compliance to those obligations”? When I ask this question to […]

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Personal Protective Equipment – What is the Employer’s Responsibility?

When most people think about construction sites and safety equipment for employees the first thing that probably pops in their mind is a hardhat. The international icon of the industry, but only one element of many that  contractors and subcontractors  must provide – at no cost – to their employees according to OSHA. Do you […]

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Falls–Unprotected Floor Openings

Unprotected floor openings are responsible for numerous serious and deadly accidents yearly. Planning and personal attention to detail can prevent these senseless for accidents. OSHA Standard 1926.500 mandates that any floor opening measuring 12 inches across or larger must be covered or protected by a standard guard rail with toeboard. The cover must be large […]

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ToolBox Talks and Safety Training – Where The Rubber Meets The Road

A most important consideration of any safety program is training. OSHA defines and mandates minimum training requirements in OSHA Standards 1926.20 and 1926.21. For a start let’s look at: 1926.20(f)(2) Training. Standards in this part requiring training on hazards and related matters, such as standards requiring that employees receive training or that the employer train […]

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THE HAZARDS OF HEAT

Summertime brings bring special hazards for those working outdoors. The combination of heat, humidity and physical labor can lead to fatalities. The two most serious forms of heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion (primarily from dehydration) and heat stroke, which could be fatal. Signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke need immediate attention. Recognizing those warning […]

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Success is Where You’re Going — NOT Where You’ve Been

Ever notice how some people live life looking in the rear-view mirror. They can’t let go of the past and the “what ifs” in order to live in the present and forget about the future – it’s not even in the picture. On a weekly basis, we talk to companies that are struggling with hindrances […]

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