Category Archives: ToolBox Talks

Crane Hand Signals

The crane operator is ultimately responsible for all aspects of crane safety; however, he depends upon the qualified crane “signaler” to assist him by being the operator’s eyes and ears on the ground. Who Calls the Shots?  As with any jobsite activity, it is important that everyone understands who the cast of players involved in the activity […]

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Toolbox Talks: RIGGING EQUIPMENT for MATERIAL HANDLING

Over the years workers in the construction industry have been seriously injured or killed while working with or near rigging operations. Employees whose work activities include rigging must be trained in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions. Below are some basic Rigging and Material Handling guidelines. Rigging equipment includes chains, wire rope, synthetic web […]

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Toolbox Talks: Hazard Information on Container Labels

When using any chemical it is important to know if the chemical is actually hazardous. So, what qualities make a chemical hazardous according to OSHA? Flammable, combustible, and / or explosive. Corrosive (acids or caustics). Irritating or damaging to the eyes and / or body. Poses a hazard through inhalation, ingestion, or body contact. Any […]

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Falling Feels Just Like Flying — for a Second!! Always Think Safety

My wonderful wife Sandy recently reminded me I’m still not quite caught up on the outdoor chores I promised to complete before summer. Some of these chores will require power tools and ladders so she also reminded me of my last aerial act with a chainsaw and sat me down for a toolbox talk before […]

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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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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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