Category: Safety Tip of the Week

Safety Tip of the Week – Report Near Misses

Safety Tip of the Week – Report Near Misses

A “near miss” or accident without injury is easy to shrug off and forget. But there is a danger in brushing off accidents that don’t hurt, harm, or damage. When a “near miss” happens, it should immediately send up a red warning flag that something was wrong, unplanned, unexpected, and...

Safety Tip of the Week – Ventilation in Confined Spaces

Safety Tip of the Week – Ventilation in Confined Spaces

Confined spaces frequently contain atmospheres that are flammable, toxic, or whose oxygen level has been depleted or enriched. Ventilation is the number one way for workers to control and disperse hazardous atmospheres in a confined space. The prime objective in ventilating a confined or enclosed space is to render it...

Safety Tip of the Week – If in Doubt – Lock It Out

Safety Tip of the Week – If in Doubt – Lock It Out

There are many examples of people being seriously injured or killed by machinery and electrical equipment. Often, these tragedies happen because people carelessly try to repair or maintain the equipment without making sure its energy source has been shut off. Common Causes of Accidents: The machine or piece of equipment...

Safety Tip of the Week – Protect your Eyesight

Safety Tip of the Week – Protect your Eyesight

Every day an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces. No matter where we work, flying particles, dusts, splashes, or flying objects are apt to expose us to potential eye injury. Fortunately, we can protect against these hazards by using the appropriate protective eyewear for our jobs. In just...

Safety Tip of the Week – Safe Confined Space Entry

Safety Tip of the Week – Safe Confined Space Entry

Confined spaces present a special type of danger – a danger that you may not recognize until you’ve already entered a confined space and encountered the hazard. By then, it may be too late. Toxic gases, lack of oxygen, shifting materials inside, and other hazards can cause injury or death...

Safety Tip of the Week – Working Safely with Concrete

Safety Tip of the Week – Working Safely with Concrete

Inhalation of cement dust may occur when workers empty bags of dry cement material to make concrete, cut concrete work tiles, or use jackhammers to break up a sidewalk or road during repairs. This exposure can cause nose and throat irritation. Long-term exposure to concrete dust containing crystalline silica can...

Safety Tip of the Week – Back Injury Prevention

Safety Tip of the Week – Back Injury Prevention

There are approximately 400,000 back injuries each year. They are the leading source of lost time injuries and cost billions of dollars annually, not to mention the hours, days, or even months of disabling pain. In construction work, material is constantly being moved or lifted, and most often the lifter...

Safety Tip of the Week – Taking Care of Your Hard Hat

Safety Tip of the Week – Taking Care of Your Hard Hat

American National Standards Institute Z89.1 (ANSI Z89.1)- approved hard hats are designed to protect you from the impact of falling objects, and with some types, from accidental contact with electrical current. However, the way we take care for our hard hats can have a big impact on how well they...

Safety Tip of the Week – Pedestal and Bench Grinder Safety

Safety Tip of the Week – Pedestal and Bench Grinder Safety

Secure both pedestal and bench style grinders securely to the floor or workbench to prevent movement during usage. Store grinding wheels carefully on racks in dry places, and visually inspect them for warping, chips, cracks or other damage before installation. Check the following before using your grinder: The wheel guard...