Yes! That's a stuffed monkey in a fall protection harness! I got this picture from a friend over the Thanksgiving holiday and it got me thinking that the best way to help create safety conscious employees is to emphasize safety from a young age.
Believe me, I'm not suggesting that we start installing harnesses on playground equipment or get crazy about the fact that kids climb trees, but I am saying that some simple reinforcement at a young age can reap great rewards for creating a safer work environment.
Here are a few thoughts about emphasizing work safety with children:
Model it! This is really the most important thing isn't it? Practice what your preach. Monkey see, monkey do. If kids see parents and other role models with blatant disregard for their own safety, will they be led to to practice safety themselves? Maybe, but not likely!
Integrate Work Safety into Play - Kids love dress up. Make sure to pick up some extra personal protection equipment for your kids. They'll love wearing hard hats, safety goggles, you name it! My kids have little log cabin that they climb on in the back yard. Sometimes they play roofer and tie themselves off while banging on the plastic roof!
Observe and Comment - When you pass a work site or read a kids book, ask you kids to tell you if they are working safe or not. This will emphasize the importance of working safely as a part of how they view the environment.
Practice - This is right up there with modeling. When building a project with your kids make sure they are wearing the proper safety gear. Kid sized work gloves and safety goggles are not always easy to find a the local home store, but the Internet is your friend. Remember to buy in bulk...they'll go through them faster than you do!
Encourage Leadership - By leadership I mean the ability to "go against the flow." I am sure that a lot of unsafe working conditions are caused by the simple fact that people just do what others are doing instead of thinking "what should I be doing?" This kind of leadership has nothing to do with personality, it has everything to do with "making sure that your kids don't jump off a bridge just because their friends do."
These are just a few ideas to emphasize a safe work environment with children. Please share your own thoughts and comments below.
Parapet railings can be a great solution for providing perimeter fall protection on a rooftop. Parapet railings are appropriate when penetration of the parapet is acceptable. When no penetration can be made or no parapet exists, we recommend our KeeGaurd non-penetrating roof railing. Parapet railings can provide continuous fall protection and can be less expensive than non-penetrating solutions.
One of our customer recently installed a parapet railing on the top of the building adjoining the Rochester air traffic control tower. We had the chance to visit the site and take some pictures of the installation.
The parapet railing can be seen along the top of the shorter building that is next to the main tower. This railing provides a perimeter roof railing that meets and exceeds the OSHA requirements for guardrail. Railings constructed with pipe fittings are great for airports because they do not require heavy machinery or dangerous materials to install. This makes installation safer and more security conscious.
The parapet railing is attached to the existing parapet with 62-8 base flanges.
Sealant is used underneath the flange to prevent leaks.
This railing is a great example of an offset railing that uses 45-8 pipe railing fittings to make the railing as continuous as possible. A pipe cap tops off the upright to keep water from entering the upright.
Couplings are used to join long sections of the parapet pipe railing together.
Elbow fittings are used at the corner and in various other jogs in the roof footprint.
Obtuse or acute angles in the roof can be navigated with other pipe fittings that are specially designed to allow for any angle.
This railing was powder coated to match other trim already on the building. Parapet railings can be powder coated in any RAL color to ensure that the railing blends in with the surrounding architecture. In the case of this installation, the customer chose not to powder coat the pipe fittings. This could have been done to make the entire railing a single color.
A parapet railing designed with our components can navigate the most demanding roof layouts. Contact our sales team to find out if a parapet railing is the best solution your rooftop fall protection needs.
Video can be such a pain! Especially when it catches you ignoring a safety regulation. Unfortunately we all know that the "It won't happen to me!" mindset keeps many people from practicing the proper safety procedures. Perhaps on the statistical levels, people often do dangerous things without being hurt, but who wants to be the exception! Don't be the exception in the statistic? Practice the proper tie off procedures when working at heights!
OSHA is making their way into the heart of the You Tube Generation with a series of new animated safety videos. The video above focuses on the dangers of the leading edge and will hopefully we used to help people understand the real dangers of working at heights.
Find out more about these animated safety videos on the OSHA website.
In this installation, KeeGuard non-penetrating rooftop railing was used to protect ventilation shafts on the roof of a building. These shafts are considered by safety regulations to be holes in the roof and must be protected with the proper guardrail. KeeGuard made it easy to protect the perimeter of the shaft without having to penetrate the roof or drill into the shaft.
KeeGuard can help you solve complicated fall protection problems on the roof. KeeGuard provides guardrail that can be placed around obstacles and hazards on the roof surface without penetrating the protective membrane. Ask our Sales Engineers how KeeGuard can help solve your rooftop safety problem.
One of the most versatile pieces of fall protection equipment is the double tie off lanyard, also known as the Y-lanyard. This new breed of lanyard has become a popular choice among safety professionals in recent years.