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OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

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.”

Workers’ Memorial Day 4/28/16 – Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Workers’ Memorial Day 4/28/16 – Remembering Those We’ve Lost

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.

Have You Seen These?  We Have…and They’re Dangerous

Have You Seen These?  We Have…and They’re Dangerous

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.

I Believe I Can Fly – Operating a Boom Lift Without Fall Protection

I Believe I Can Fly – Operating a Boom Lift Without Fall Protection

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?

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing a Safety Gate

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing a Safety Gate

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. 

Skylights – A Firefighter’s Nightmare

Skylights – A Firefighter’s Nightmare

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. 

Do I Need a Safety Gate?

Do I Need a Safety Gate?

Take a look around the neighborhood you live in.  How many fences do you see?  Probably quite a few, right?  And, where you see fences, how many have no gates?  I would venture to guess that the answer is “very few if any.”  That’s because a fence is put up for a reason: to keep animals and/or people either in your yard or out of your yard.  Without a gate, the fence cannot truly serve its purpose. 

Harness Saves the Day - Or Does it?

Harness Saves the Day - Or Does it?

When you use a safety harness the lives and well-being of workers are preserved.  There is no discrediting this.  But, sometimes, that isn’t the whole story. 

Emergency Snow Loads - Are you Prepared?

Emergency Snow Loads - Are you Prepared?

In reality, the vast majority of the time, a roof won’t be affected by snow and attempting to clear the snow will be a much greater hazard than just waiting for it to melt on its own.  However, that’s not always the case.

Dangers of Accessing a Roof in the Winter

Dangers of Accessing a Roof in the Winter

If you live in a part of the country where winters mean snow, ice, and blustery cold winds, you know that outdoor work and work at heights present a unique set of hazards to workers. 

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