Certainly, cold weather poses hazards to anybody working outdoors, but the higher you go, the more intense the conditions can get.
There are many types of work platforms: aerial work platforms (such as scissor lifts), scaffolding, or prefabricated, permanently-installed platforms. Which one you choose to use depends on the type of work you plan on doing and the duration of that work.
If you’re not using a fall protection system properly, or not taking into account some external factors that could render your system useless, your fall protection is doing nothing but providing you a false sense of security.
We've had another amazing year and you've been a part of it. In this post we look back at what has been amazing about 2015 and look forward to what will be in 2016.
Extension ladders: who hasn’t used one to access the roof of their home, praying every moment that it won’t fall back, slip to the side, or just buckle under your weight? A tool so common can still be extremely dangerous and the facts are alarming.
Who is responsible for your safety? Is it the safety manager? Is it your supervisor? Is it the owner of the company for which you work? Sure, each of these people plays a part in building a framework that allows you to perform your job in a safe working environment, but in the end, the only person truly responsible for your safety is you.
Because stepladders are such a common tool, even in the home, it is often taken for granted that employees know how to properly use them. This is a dangerous assumption.
As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, roofs are inherently dangerous, so we develop policies to direct the behaviors of our employees and contractors. One of the problems corporate campuses or building-owners/managers face, though, is that rooftop work is often not visible to those who would be overseeing safety precautions.
It has long been lamented by those trying to rein in employers with poor safety performance, that OSHA has not had the teeth to enforce regulations the way they need to be enforced.
There are some things you can hand to somebody with no instructions and they’ll know how to use them: a pair of boots, a pair of gloves, safety glasses. A fall protection harness is not one of these things.