You've done an analysis of the hazards in your work area - whether it be a construction site, a warehouse, or a manufacturing floor, and you've determined that the best solution for one or more of your hazards is a work platform. It may seem like your decision-making ends there, but it doesn't. In reality, you need to determine which type of work platform is the best for you.
Safety professionals need to broaden our vision. We need to see sites as a whole and look at all of the hazards. We need to change our thinking and open up our minds so we can keep workers safe in addition to saving time and money. We need to see the bigger picture.
While some rooftops are simple, flat structures, not all of them are. Interior parapets, pipes, conduit, skylights, birds, and a variety of other things pose potential threats to employees. Even walking on the metal decking when a roof is under construction is a trip hazard.
April 28th is Worker Memorial Day. Speak with your companies and plan some type of ceremony, even if it’s just a brief stand-down. Take a moment to remember those that have died in preventable workplace tragedies.
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...