October Safety Topics
In the past month, we ran 13 October safety topics that offered tips and safety measures for eliminating and controlling different hazards in the workplace.From blindness and bone fractures to impalement and explosions, the compilation of tips below can save you from almost every possible danger on the job. Just click on a title to read its full article.
Machines account for hundreds of injuries in the workplace every year. For this reason, employees must secure machines to prevent them from causing injuries and fatalities.
No I’m not talking about using tagout, lockout and blockout procedures here. Instead, I’d like to discuss the importance of…(read the whole article)
Fire can create huge destructions in the workplace. If it’s not too bad, it causes minor injuries or none at all. If it’s a major one, it results in serious injuries and even fatalities.
In reality, it’s impossible to completely get rid of fire hazards in your worksite. But that’s not to say that you can’t do…(read the whole article)
A workplace must have two or more exit routes, depending on the number of people involved (check with local fire codes) and the layout and size of the work area. These exit routes must be permanent and always…(read the whole article)
You’ve seen a lot of them in the past. It’s not unlikely that you’ve passed one or two of them while you’re on your way to work. Maybe for some of you, going to work means seeing them up close while they join metals or thermoplastics. You might have seen them standing on…(read the whole article)
Any small mistake in handling lumber can cause employees to trip, slip, fall, get hit and/or trapped by the lumber itself. Because lumber is very heavy, it causes high impacts on objects or people that it hits. A piece of lumber that falls on an employee may…(read the whole article)
We always stress the importance of training employees to maintain and improve their safety in the workplace. In the past months we’ve featured articles on training in heat stress prevention, operating forklifts, working around agricultural chemicals, arc-welding, responding to fall emergencies, etcetera, etcetera. But even “training” is too general a term.
Do you really know the scope of the training that your employer must provide you with? How do you know if you’ve been given…(read the whole article)
Excavations or trenches are one of the biggest culprits for injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. In fact, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), excavations cause more accidents than…(read the whole article)
Here are 13 of the safety measures you must follow when handling loads with a forklift:
- Center the load as much as possible. When you have to handle off-center loads, distribute the heaviest part of the load nearest the front wheels of the forklift.
- Follow the load capacity of the forklift. Never overload.
- Never move…(read the whole article)
Fall hazards are among the leading causes of fatality in the workplace. In fact, it came 3rd in the Top 10 Most Cited Violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last year. It spawned a total of 4,797 violations. Even on the list of highest fines issued by OSHA against…(read the whole article)
Conveyors are among the most efficient equipment in factories and other industrial worksites. They may also be called belt conveyors, conveyor belts or belt conveyor systems. Tasks that usually take minutes to perform by twenty or more workers can be…(read the whole article)
Working with concrete is more than just pouring slab on grade systems and flatwork. Countless hazards can result from premature removal of formwork, improper set-up of forms and shoring, inadvertent operation of equipment, failure to support pre-cast panels, failure to guard…(read the whole article)
It probably happened to you more than one time before. You’re on the field on a usually cloudy day when suddenly, cool gusts of wind blow your way. Before long, this biting cold creeps inside your body and you end up shivering on the job. Because you did not expect this sudden…(read the whole article)
Any condition in the workplace, whether usual or unexpected, determines your basic duties as a fire or safety watch. Some of them are the following:
- Make sure you and other employees are aware of the exact location of fire fighting equipment in the immediate area.
- Maintain constant means of communication.
- As much as possible, keep visual and voice contact with … (read the whole article)
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