Fall Prevention – 5 Reason why Prevention is better than Protection

Fall Prevention

One of the most common, and potentially most dangerous, types of accidents in most workplaces is related to falling. Whether this means falling down stairs, falling from great heights or just tripping and falling, it is important to make sure to take precautions in order to minimize this risk. Most facilities do a fairly good job with fall protection by using harnesses (such as the Miller Harnesses) and other safety devices to help catch people …

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Is Being OSHA Compliant Good Enough

Most facilities spend a lot of time, effort and financial resources working to remain compliant with regulations from OSHA and other organizations. While this is good, and certainly necessary, it is important to ask whether it is sufficient. The regulatory organizations provide guidelines and requirements that are meant to be the minimum acceptable levels of safety. In order to help keep employees and the facility itself as safe as possible, however, it is a good …

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Demolition Safety Planning

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Construction sites pose many hazards, and as OSHA puts it, demolition is “construction in reverse, with additional hazards.” Therefore, OSHA has dedicated extra time and attention recently to demolition safety, and it developed a resource page explaining the standards specifically related to this kind of work (29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart T). This emphasis on demolition safety came in the wake of a series of fatal accidents including the collapse of a four-story building undergoing demolition in …

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Methods for Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding

The industrial workplace is filled with machines, and many of them have sharp or moving parts that can pinch, crush and cut workers. Too often machines are even responsible for amputations and fatalities when proper procedures for performing maintenance (like lockout/tagout) aren’t followed. According to OSHA, about 18,000 amputations, lacerations and other injuries are sustained by employees who work around machines each year. To prevent these accidents, workplaces should install machine guards that prevent workers …

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Prevent Backover Accidents in Construction

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A recent review of fatalities at road construction sites by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 143 deaths between 2003 to 2010 were the result of being struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment that was backing up. Dump trucks were responsible for the greatest number of backover fatalities (84), but other vehicles like semis, forklifts and garbage trucks are frequently involved in these accidents, too. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) …

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Fall Protection (Training Requirements)

Fall Protection Training Requirements

Essential Training Requirements for Fall Protection Providing proper training in the workplace is essential for keeping things running smoothly. While most types of training are necessary to ensure everyone is following standards and best practices, some of it is actually required by regulatory organizations like OSHA. One important area where you need to make sure you are giving great training is with fall protection. There are quite a few essential training requirements for fall protection …

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Construction’s Fatal Four

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Construction sites pose many risks to employees ranging from contact with dangerous equipment to lifting heavy materials. It’s no surprise then that 19.3 percent of fatal workplace accidents in 2012 (806 of 4175) occurred in the construction industry. While fatal accidents can happen in a variety of situations, more than half of these accidents at construction sites fall into four main categories: falls (34.6 percent), struck by object (9.8 percent), electrocutions (8.1 percent) and caught-in/between (1.6 …

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