Tag Archives: Safety Insurance Credits

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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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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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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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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The OSHA Definition of Competent vs Qualified vs Certified vs Designated Persons – Contractors Must Learn The Language

Rules and Laws always come with language and definitions that may not be totally in sync with our own definition and understanding of the same words. Earlier we discussed that in forming your safety committee you wanted to pick leaders who were knowledgeable about safety and in identifying those employees you had certain ideas in […]

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How Contractors Implement Their Safety Program

Now that you have your Company’s personalized Safety Manual in a shiny three-ring binder doesn’t mean you have a safety program. It is merely a roadmap – so now let’s put the rubber to the road. Remember – first and foremost, by law, it is a Contractors responsibility to provide a worksite as defined in […]

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Creating and Writing a Safety Program for Your Construction Company

Having made a commitment to safety the first step toward compliance is creating a written safety program. I’m not talking about the one you got from a previous employer 15 years ago where the company name has been “whited out” several times and recopied like 10 times. Or the one your brother in law got […]

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