Tag Archives: safety program

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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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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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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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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OSHA Compliant Safety Program – It’s The Law Contractors

I’ve been associated with the construction industry for some 40 years I am amazed how little many contractors know about OSHA Standards, how devastating an accident can be to all involved, and how simple safe jobsites and OSHA compliance can actually be. A comprehensive safety program is paramount for every contractor or subcontractor. Why? You […]

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