Safety Photo June 2013

It kills me when people proclaim to be safety conscious and yet act carelessly. You cannot see it, but the back of this guys shirt says Safety Leader. When I stopped to inquire if he knew what he was doing was wrong and sending a poor message, he had the audacity to ask if I was just going to lecture him or could he go back to work.

If your going to wear a shirt that makes a statement that you are a safety leader, you should lead by example and practice sound judgement.

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Fall Protection Equipment

I often find that the reason most people don’t implement a good fall protection program, or are out of compliance is not because of a lack of knowledge, but an ignorance as to what equipment is available to assist in their fall protection needs. They may, or may not, perform a fall or hazard assessment, but once the hazard is identified they didn’t know how or what to use to help. The following are some examples of specialized equipment designed to help comply with the various fall hazards in construction.

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Be sure to read the manufacture instructions for installation procedures and application requirements prior to use. If the system fails, where does the liability fall if the system is not installed properly? Use the right tool for the application to ensure adequate fall protection is in place.

Safety Photo February 2013

Here is a good example of doing something half-way. Looks to me like they knew what to do, but didn’t do I completely correct. The end rails were on one side (although a little to far forward to adequately protect from falls) but they were not on the other side. Makes me wonder what else they did (or did not do).

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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.

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 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.