Protecting HVAC Units With Fall Protection
Does this look familiar?
HVAC units are commonly found close to the edge of your roof. Why we insist on putting them there may make sense to the architect or mechanical installer. However, it poses a serious risk to all who need to maintain it.
You're not comfortable sending your...
A New Kind of Knee Pad - Comfortable Strapless Knee Pads
If you've worked on your knees, then you know the pain of knee pads. You know binding and the discomfort created by the strap that goes behind your knee. Skan Technologies has invented a knee pad that has sought to alleviate this painful problem. Their clip-on strapless knee pads are designed...
Three Dangerous Attitudes that Lead to Fatal Falls
Despite efforts to reduce falls, they still remain the number one killer in construction. They also account for approximately 12% of fatal occupational injuries across all industries (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.t01.htm). We educate, inspect, and discipline, yet falls continue to...
Common Hazards While Servicing Rooftop HVAC
We’ve spoken often in this blog about general rooftop safety hazards and regulations. We recently focused specifically on one rooftop activity when we posted about the hazards associated with washing roofs, and we felt that rooftop HVAC work deserved the same treatment. How can we best...
Safety Railing for Sloped Rooftop
Unprotected sloped rooftops can allow fall-related worker fatalities to occur on your time clock. As a safety personnel or building maintenance manager, it is your number one priority to protect your employees from bodily harm to the best of your abilities. In fact, the law states that you are...
Common Worksite Safety Issues That Rarely Get Addressed
How often do you pass a worksite only to see an employee very clearly violating a safety protocol? Just the other week I saw a roofing contractor tied off to a lanyard that was dangling to the ground. Far from being a fall prevention measure, his misuse of safety equipment was actually...
Basic Overview of Walking and Working Surfaces
The following information is a general overview of major points and standards developed from OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart D. Walking and Working Surfaces for General Industry.
Key Terms:Floor Hole: opening less than 12 inches but more than 1 inchFloor Opening: an...
Hazardous Material Storage
Look around your workplace--how do you store your chemicals? During inspections, I notice that usually chemicals are stored (or not stored) randomly all over the workplace. They are left where they were last used or shoved back onto shelves with newer chemicals placed in front of them. ...
Beginner's Guide: Work Platforms
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. A quick paint job, for instance...
Do's and Don'ts of Rooftop Walkway Pads
It is common to see paths present on flat rooftops. They are visible by laying down pavers, rubber mats, or something similar, and they meander around the entirety of the roof. Once you have accessed the roof, ideally this path or walkway will lead you to the necessary areas.
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. Weather conditions cause visibility and traction to go out the window, while numbness can make it hard to...
How to be a Safety Leader in the Workplace
Workplace safety is not just important because of legal and liability reasons, but having healthy and happy workers should be a top priority for an employer. Below are some ways to be a great safety leader in your workplace.Push Sick Time Usage – It may sound crazy to promote workers’...
Why Don't People Wear Fall Protection?
There are many reasons why people should wear fall protection, yet countless workers still avoid wearing fall safety equipment. These same workers will blame the employer or the equipment and always look for every reason or excuse for not wearing it. The fact of the matter is that this
How to Keep Your Job as a Safety Professional
It seems in life sometimes that getting a job is all about who you know, but regardless of whether or not that is actually the case, once you have a job, there is no doubt that keeping it depends on what you know. In only the rarest of situations is an employer going to continue to pay...
Importance of PPE at Home
Tim at Safer by Choice has written a brief article describing the importance of PPE at home. He says:
At home, no one is advising us. We have to educate ourselves on this. There are certain fundamental things you can (and probably should) do to assure your safety on the home. What seems...
How to Stay Safe When Installing Railing
Have you ever stood on a roof of a commercial building or near the perimeter of a building under construction, looked at the railings, and wondered, “I know the railings are keeping me safe, but how did they get there?” I mean, at some point, some worker had to be risking his or...
Staying Safe on a Ladder
Ladder safety is a serious issue. Although we think the usage of a ladder is a basic part of the work environment, failure to observe some basic safety rules can be dangerous or fatal. The short presentation below covers a number of important aspects of ladder safety.Ladder Safety...
5 Easy Ways To Increase Safety On Your Rooftop
Companies and OSHA make fall protection safety complicated. Being distracted by technical jargon and confused by the wording of OSHA 1910 can leave you paralyzed from addressing known issues.
We are here to simplify fall protection for you. Rooftops have several areas known for creating...
Next Big Thing in Fall Protection? Wearable Airbag?
Discovery Channel has a new show called Prototype This. This year they featured fall protection by creating a prototype of a wearable airbag. I love how the guys says, I dont know why this shouldnt be on the market and the guy who is working is wrapped in something the size of a small...
How Many Roof Anchor Points Do I Need?
There is nothing simple about roof anchor points.
Being that is our aspiration to create simple and safe solutions for all workers at heights, we felt it necessary to address one of our most commonly asked questions.How Many Rooftop Anchor Points Do I Need?
Unfortunately, like many...
The Dangers of Working in Cold Weather and Ways to Stay Safe
It's that time of year again, when many parts of the country devolve into a frozen, bone-chilling wasteland that sends many of us scrambling to our warm fireplaces, layers of fleece, and mugs of hot (sometimes spiked) beverages. Even parts of the country not usually known for their cold...
Fall Protection Equipment Inspections- What Am I Looking For?
Inspections are required of every piece of equipment, but often overlooked in the rush to get to work. If your personnel are not properly trained and monitored, there is no telling what condition the equipment making it out in to the field is in. Many incidents involving equipment failure...
Access a Mezzanine Safely: Mezzanine Gates and Platform Gates
Need to access a mezzanine or platform safely? Mezzanine and platform gates can help you gain access to that crucial space in a safe and efficient way. Mezzanine gates allow you to easily fork lift materials from a lower level onto a higher platform. Mezzanine gates can be manual, spring loaded...
Using Portable Ladders SafelyWhether you’re a plumber, painter, electrician, maintenance worker or any other number of trade professionals, the portable ladder is a go-to solution for difficult-to-reach work tasks. Therefore, it is important workers know how to properly and safely use portable ladders.