Some of the safest people on the job do some of the most foolish things at home. It seems that safety takes on a whole new meaning when you’re at home because, well, nobody is making you pay attention to it. When it comes to being at home versus being on the jobsite – gravity doesn’t care.
Ladders tend to be one of those tools that get taken for granted because they're used so often in the home. Therefore, sometimes ladder safety gets as much consideration at work as it does at home, which is to say: zero. That needs to change.
If you've been a safety professional for any amount of time, you could probably write a book based on the excuses you've heard regarding why a worker or a company failed to adhere to safety rules and regulations. So what can you say, when faced with this situation, to help the offender know that he or she is just making excuses?
By now, hopefully you've heard the OSHA news that made a big splash toward the end of 2014: As of January 1, 2015, new reporting requirements are in place. Who has to report and how they have to report has not changed, but what needs to be reported has.
Roof work is dangerous enough when all of your hazards are visible, but poorly protected fall hazards blanketed in snow are a recipe for disaster. The recent accident in Westwood, MA regarding the fall of a worker clearing snow from the roof of a business, underscores just how dangerous this job can be.
Complex fall protection situations arise all the time. Workers find themselves in scenarios where they need to have fall protection and a personal fall arrest system (PFAS) seems to be the only solution available, yet there is no suitable anchor point. This always comes up at the last minute; work is in full-swing, a deadline is looming, and somehow, someway, this crazy fall protection requirement sneaked its way up on everybody...
It's important that you take all of the necessary precautions to stay warm to avoid cold-weather related illnesses like hypothermia and frostbite. You should also be aware of the other safety hazards the cold weather brings. Here are some things you can do to ensure a safe, healthy winter.
Swing falls are not as fun as they might sound at first. In fact, in all seriousness, swing falls can be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, many people, when working at heights, fail to take swing into consideration. So, just what is swing? Swing is what occurs when you are wearing a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS – harness, lanyard, anchorage point) that is not anchored directly overhead. If a fall should occur, you would swing, like a pendulum, back toward the anchor point. In the process, you could strike – with great force – the structure you are working on or another nearby structure.
How can you take your safety management beyond simply reciting the rules and hoping people will comply?
Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year is a great time to reflect on the year gone by. This year we published a ton of great articles to help raise awareness of safety issues in the workplace. In case you missed some of them, below is a categorized list our safety articles from 2014.