Safety Photo November 2012

I want to emphasize the importance of conducting equipment inspections. Our employees rely on various types of equipment to get their job done efficiently and safely and it is our job as the safety professional to ensure that they have the right tools and training to get the job done, but how often have you pulled up on a jobsite and found the equipment you provided them in a state of disrepair? I found this to be true with my service department and the ladders on their vehicles. Ladders are a tools that is commonly used and imperative to get many jobs done. However, these highly useful tools are often left on top of the vehicle and subjected to sun, weather, road conditions, and other forms of distress. It’s not just a matter of training your employees on how to conduct a good ladder inspection, but to hold them accountable to following through on these inspections. What do your ladders look like?


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.

Safety Photo for April 2012

Fall Protection; always one of the most common violated standards and yet one of the most likely to cause serious harm. I took these photos as I was in line to get some food at a drive through establishment. I would consider this a high profile job in a busy shopping complex area. Makes you wonder sometimes what the project superintendent is doing.

OK, so in one of these photos the employee is tied off, but the supervisor is not and is walking all over the roof.

One of the other photos has an employee that is tied off but the rope grab is set at the end of the rope not doing him much good if he falls.

The other photo depicts an employee who was tied off but was getting ready for lunch so he disconnected at the peak of the roof to go have his food.

This illustrates a common problem in construction today; employees and supervisors know they need to have the equipment and wear it while on the job, but fail to do it properly because of laziness, lack of caring, or any other such excuse.

Safety Photo for March 2012

I love the ignorance of people sometimes (it’s why I have a job). Here is a retailer looking to promote some heavy duty construction clothing to potential customers. They want to illustrate that this clothing will hold up to extreme wear by construction personnel. I get this mentality, makes good marketing sense. Let’s show a person wearing our clothing while working on a frame building. However, they are also illustrating the fact that their climbing harness (for rock climbing) is adequate for use while performing this kind of work and sending the wrong message to those same customers. I get that they were probably trying to find a way to secure the mannequin to the structure, but they inadvertently (or perhaps it was a conscious thought) that climbing equipment is approved as fall protection in the construction trade. I guess my point is that I wish people would think before they act and consult some good professional advice if they have questions. This just irks me because of the mixed message and the improper use of equipment NOT designed for this type of use.


Safety Photo for February 2012

OK, so here’s the story about this one. The contractor is building a patio at a restaurant. The worker IS secured to the structure with a rope grab, harness, and an anchor strap. My concern is that the worker is only about 10′ off the ground, his rope and grab are about 6′ from his anchor point to his back D-ring and he has a 3′ lanyard attached to that. If he falls from the height of 10′ is his fall protection equipment really going to help him? I will let you do the math on that one.

Sometimes we have the best intentions and even know what is required of us. However, without adequate training and competent people on staff are we really doing our part for employee safety?

Safety Photo for January 2012

I know I use a lot of fall protection photos, but there are often so many violations with this issue. This is one I took today at a local shopping center. I like how the worker is up against the leading edge while the manager was talking on his cell phone just behind him. Obviously no regard for health and safety nor do they know or care about fall protection issues.