OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign

Here is a link to OSHA’s current Fall Protection/Prevention Campaign. This site has some good tools and resources to assist you in promoting fall hazard awareness in construction. This is a joint effort from numerous safety organizations and regulatory agencies around the country.

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign.

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How Do You Know…if your workforce is properly protected from electrical hazards? – ESFi :: Electrical Safety Foundation International

Here is some great information that you can use to gauge your electrical safety program within your own organization. I came across this organization at Safety 2012 (ASSE National Convention in Denver). They have some really good training videos and tools to help improve electrical safety and awareness at home and at work. Be sure to share home safety with your employees, after all we want them safe at work and at home.

How Do You Know if your workforce is properly protected from electrical hazards? – ESFi :: Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Safety Photo August 2012

Here is one for you, forklift maintenance. This company had an old forklift that needed a new battery cover/seat cover so they found some scrap particle board and made something up. I am not sure if this was the best choice of materials.

OSHA Can Read!

Let me tell you a quick story…

While conducting a training session on OSHA inspections and what to expect, a coworker of mine pointed out that OSHA will often watch the news and read the paper to see what is going on around town. If they see something not quite right they can and will show up on your job for an inspection. Well since this training class was out of town, I went back to my hotel room to put my feet up and grabbed the local paper. Guess what I saw on the front page?

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Now I don’t know about you but, I see a few OSHA violations in this front page photo. If I were an OSHA compliance officer I would be pretty psyched about making a visit to this contractor. Hey front page news is prime pickings.

Something to think about as you work on projects or put out advertisements and mailings. Is the photo doing your company justice or could it cause harm? OSHA can read and they will follow up on something that appears to be hazardous or puts employee in harms way.

Safety Photo July 2012

Ok, so I found these workers putting up a sign next to the restaurant I was having lunch at. As it is in my DNA, I had to stop and say something about their ladder placement. When I first pulled up they had the ladder about two feet from the bottom of the roof parapet and were accessing the roof from there. They obviously had more room on the ladder for extension but did not know or failed to follow the requirements. This is how I found them after my lunch and after I had talked to them about the 3′ rule.

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Safety Photo for June 2012

Although they used a grounded wire, OSHA still says the cord has to be rated for hard or extra hard usage (1926.405(a)(2)(ii)(J)). Flat cords are not rated for this use and therefore are not allowable for extension cords in construction.

Reference Materials on electrical cords and safety:

OSHA Construction Electrical Safety & Health Page
OSHA General Industry Electrical Safety & Health Page
OSHA Letter of Interpretation: electrical tape on an extension cord
OSHA Letter of Interpretation: repair and use of extension cords
OSHA Letter of Interpretation: job made extension cords

Safety Photo for May 2012

OK, perhaps I don’t fully understand the process. I have never seen a rock crusher/mill on top of the dirt/rock pile before. Typically they have this piece of equipment on the ground and the loader/excavator will bring the material to it. My concern is the fact that the excavator is digging out the material beneath the crusher…just my thought, but don’t you think  that might be a bad idea?

On another note, Caterpillar has a great web based resource on safety with construction equipment. If your looking for videos, toolbox talks, or other training material check it out.