No safety program is perfect for one simple reason: people aren’t perfect. No matter how many policies you put in place, no matter how much equipment you buy, no matter how much training you do, in the end you are depending on human beings to implement your safety program and human beings make mistakes.
Roof washing is probably never on anybody’s top-5 list of ways to spend an afternoon, but it certainly can become a necessary evil. If it were just a matter of aesthetics, you could almost write it off as vanity and leave your roof to become whatever filthy mess it was destined to become, but that’s not the case.
OSHA regulations speak in absolutes: there is a hazard or there isn’t a hazard. In reality, though, there are varying degrees of hazards because there are varying degrees of severity and varying degrees of likelihood that an incident will occur.
It’s inevitable. If you are a safety-conscious worker, you will at some point in your career be faced with the task of presenting a safety concern to your employer. If you’ve been given this responsibility, or if your company is truly supportive of safety efforts, then it’s easy. However, not everybody is lucky enough to be in those situations.
Falls continue to top the list of fatalities in construction year after year, so OSHA has once again decided to roll out its “National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.”
As I set out to write this article, I Googled the phrase “worker died,” figuring I would be able to find a couple of articles from the first quarter of this year to use as examples of the men and women we honor on Workers’ Memorial Day. Instead, the first five fatalities I found barely took me back to mid-March.
How often have you seen a good, solid safety system on a building’s roof? Most often, there’s nothing at all except maybe a couple of handholds. Here are some of the biggest offenders we’ve seen.
If you’ve been trained in Aerial Lift operation (if you’re operating aerial lifts at all, then you should have been), you should already know that fall protection is required, according to OSHA and according to the lift manufacturers. But why?
So, you’ve decided to buy a Safety Gate! Great! But you know it’s never that easy. As with any other purchase, there are questions to be answered and options to be selected.
We’ve discussed skylights and the associated fall hazards in a number of blog posts, and our point of view has always been in looking out for the well-being of a company’s employees. If building owners don’t have employees that will have any reason to access their roof, then it doesn’t matter to them what kind of hazards exist. Yet, what they’re not taking into consideration is that their employees aren’t the only ones who might access the roof.