Top 10 Blogs of 2020
Looking back on 2020, it’s easy to see how safety was the top concern for so many in every area of our lives. It was a year of uncharted waters, multitasking, and major shifting of priorities. Our focus in January was not what we focused on for the rest of the year. This is why we thought it would be fun to take a look at the content that mattered the most to you! Here is a look back at the top 10 most popular blogs.
Working at height refers to any work where a person could potentially fall and injure themselves. It could be from a ladder, a roof’s edge, through an opening on the floor, even a loading dock can be working at height. In general industry, fall protection is required by OSHA for any height change of 4 feet or more. Read our ten safety tips to help mitigate the risk of working at height.
In 2017 OSHA updated it's standards and ladder cages are no longer compliant. As of November 2018, all new fixed ladders will be required to be installed with either a ladder safety system or personal fall arrest system.For now, existing ladder cages are grandfathered in, but that will change eventually.
Employee safety should be a top priority in any company. Apart from the obvious heartache associated with worker deaths and injuries, workers who are injured on the job could sue the company for financial damages. They may also be less productive when they do return to work. Therefore, it is important that employers effectively communicate safety standards to every employee.
Every safety professional wishes there was a simple answer. There are two starting points that, once reached, require fall protection. According to OSHA, these heights are: General Industry (1910.28(b)(1)(i)) requires fall protection for any worker over 4’. Construction industry (1926.501(b)(1)) requires fall protection for any worker over 6’.
Extension ladders: A tool so common can still be extremely dangerous and the facts are alarming. What is the proper way to use a ladder? First, choosing the right ladder and inspecting it. Second, set the ladder up properly. And third, use it properly. Dive deeper to get the details.
To fully understand the fall protection regulation related to scaffolding, you must first understand the concept of vertical and horizontal standards. However, any rules in a vertical standard, like Scaffolds, override any rules in a horizontal standard, like Fall Protection.
The main criteria most people look for when shopping for an anchor point is that it will withstand a 5000 lbs. load. However, a 5000 lbs. anchor point may not be required according to OSHA. Following the regulation as written, though potentially more complex, could open up new, perfectly safe solutions that were never before an option.
An emergency action plan should address emergencies that the employer may reasonably expect in the workplace.
In reality, ladders are very simple devices that should always be used properly, but they’re not. Whether they’re at the wrong angle, not secured, not set up on a firm, level surface, not tall enough, broken apart, lashed together, a closed A-frame, or any other number of issues, they’re wrong. In order to properly secure and stabilize your ladder, you need to begin from the bottom up.
Safety is a top priority in today's climate. If the safety issue is an immediate danger to somebody’s life or well-being, then you need to act right away. However, let’s assume that we’re not in an immediately life-threatening situation. So, what is the best way to bring safety issues to your employer’s attention?