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Please read the following story, and think about it the next time your late for work or just a meeting.

From our Bizarre Accident File: A trip-and-fall incident proved fatal at a glass manufacturing plant in Tumwater, WA.

A worker aged, 23, tripped while he was rushing up stairs at the Cardinal Coated Glass plant.

His neck hit the edge of a pane of glass… Continue

Added by George Wilson Bowskill on August 31, 2009 at 1:05am — 3 Comments

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health


1. Your health could be affected by a hazardous substances through:

• Ingestion – eating contamination food

• Inhalation – breathing in harmful dust or fumes

• Absorption – chemicals entering through cuts

2. Examples of hazardous substances on construction sites:

• Cement – hardwood dust – welding fumes – solvent fumes …..

3. Don’t mix chemicals or substances unless it is a safe and authorized Process

Control measures

1. When using hazardous… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 30, 2009 at 11:55am — No Comments

Lifting Equipment and Operations

Types of Lifting Equipment

1. Lifting equipment includes items of plant, such as forklift trucks and telescopic handlers, all mobile elevating work platforms and cranes, electric hoists, goods hoists, gin wheels….

2. Slings, lifting beams, eye- bolts….. Are lifting accessories.

General Precautions

1. Risk assessment must be prepared for all lifting operations.

2. All lifting equipment must be marked with their safe working load.

3. Lifting equipment must not be… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 28, 2009 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Ted Kennedy – Missing a Champion of Safety

There are few families that have impacted the American people as much as the Kennedys. Through politics, activism, fashion, controversy and tragedy, one thing that everyone can agree upon is that this family name will be remembered. The latest tragic end has fallen upon Senator Edward M. Kennedy who died at the age of 77 on August 25th.

Kennedy spent over 3 decades of his life in the U.S. Senate and among his many contributions (over 2,500 bills), one of his passions was creating a… Continue

Added by SafetySkills on August 27, 2009 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

General points of machine Guarding

Many builders of todays single purpose machines provide point of operation and power transmission guards as standard on their machines.

Manufacturers built in safeguards offer two main advantages, firstly they usually conform to the design and the function of the machine, and secondly they can be designed in a way to add strength to the machine and in many cases add to the functionality of the machine.

However not all machines still in use today have the manufacturers built in… Continue

Added by George Wilson Bowskill on August 27, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Fall Protection and "Residential" Construction

For many of us, the term "residential" has to do with the type of occupancy of a structure. However, for OSHA, residential has to do with the type of construction. To wit, an apartment building constructed of wood framing materials is considered "residential," but that same apartment building constructed of concrete or concrete block would be considered by OSHA to be "commercial." Even a block single family home is considered to be "commercial" pursuant to OSHA. I'm not sure why OSHA can't use… Continue

Added by Daniel M. Hogan on August 27, 2009 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Here comes the judge!

Along with the Warrior, the Explorer, and the Artist, which I have written about previously, we all have a little bit of a Judge inside. He or she frequently advises the rest of the team of the value in their ideas or in an assessment of their actions.

Your Judge checks against the defined principles and rules if the action taken was within guidelines or if the accepted practices were broken. Sometimes the judge is called upon to determine if a new recommended practice should replace a… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on August 26, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Confined Space

Confined Space

Confined space is a space which has any one of the following:

* Limited openings for entry and exit

* Un favorable natural ventilation.

* Not designed for construction worker occupancy.

Confined space include: cellars, chambers, pits tanks, manholes, sewers, tunnels and some excavations.


1. Oxygen-depleted or enriched environments.

2. Presence of a suffocating, toxic or flammable atmosphere.

3. Biological… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 25, 2009 at 2:13pm — No Comments

"Save a Life - Don't Text While You Drive."

The Fort Myers, FL Poliice Department & "Stay Alive - Just Drive" have Wrapped a truck to Educate Our Teen Drivers about the danger and risk involved when driving distracted. The FMPD & SAJD "Hang Up and Drive" Truck will appear at schools in the Fort Myers, FL area starting Monday August 24, 2009.

See more information @ / the FMPD & SAJD Truck Wrap resembles the "Hang Up and Drive" bumper sticker.

This is a very hot topic in Florida as well as in… Continue

Added by STEPHEN D. AMBERS, RSO on August 24, 2009 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

Dust and Fume Collection for Welding

Worker safety is critically important in welding applications. A huge priority should be placed on clean air when welding, since welding smoke has been linked to a variety of illnesses. A well designed and maintained dust and fume collection system is needed to prevent respiratory problems and keep facilities in compliance with current air quality requirements. In some cases, a good dust collection and ventilation system can eliminate the need for personal respirators and the… Continue

Added by Sal Campos on August 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Confined Space

Confined space is a space which has any one of the following:

* Limited openings for entry and exit

* Un favorable natural ventilation.

* Not designed for construction worker occupancy.

Confined space include: cellars, chambers, pits tanks, manholes, sewers, tunnels and some excavations.


1. Oxygen-depleted or enriched environments.

2. Presence of a suffocating, toxic or flammable atmosphere.

3. Biological hazard, weil’s disease from… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 23, 2009 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Site Transport

General Precautions

1. Never be tempted to drive site transport unless you have been properly trained.

2. Drivers of site transport should carry out daily pre-use checks of their vehicles and report any defects found.

3. Many people are injured or killed by site transport that is reversing without the assistance of a signaler.

4. The very nature of some site transport means that the driver has only limited visibility from the driving position.

5. Drivers should obey… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 23, 2009 at 1:49am — No Comments

Liquefied Petroleum Gas


1. Treat every cylinder as full and handle carefully.

2. Keep cylinders away from sun, artificial heat, flammable materials, corrosive chemicals and fumes.

3. Avoid damage to valves and fittings; don’t use them for lifting or carrying.

4. When using mixed gases ( welding ), flashback arrestors must be fitted

5. Don’t smoke when using compressed gases

6. Don’t use cylinders as rollers for moving equipment

Use of LPG and Compressed gas

1.… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 22, 2009 at 12:24am — No Comments


Every year, many construction workers are killed or seriously injured as a result of falls from height. All the accidents are preventable.


1. People falling down:-

Through unguarded / unsecured wall and floor openings.

While accessing the work area by shortcuts due to unsafe / improper access.

While working over incomplete / unsafe scaffolds / defective ladders.

Failure to use the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 21, 2009 at 6:21am — No Comments

Must watch Video about Distracted Driving. ***WARNING*** Senstive Viewers may be Offended.

The film that will stop you txting and driving

It’s all about Cassie COWan – a nice girl from a nice Gwent valleys family – who kills four people on the road because she used her mobile and lost her concentration for a few seconds.

Added by Wendy on August 20, 2009 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Protection of Eyes

Possible causes of eye injury

1. Using hammers and chisels or other percussive tools.

2. The use of compressed air and any gas, liquid or vapor under pressure.

3. Work carried out using abrasive materials where sparks may be given off at speed, e.g. using a power cut off wheel.

4. Work with any tools which will result in chippings being broken off.

5. When welding, ultraviolet light is given off which can damage your eyes?

6. The handling of, or coming into… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 20, 2009 at 2:36am — No Comments

The Artistry in Safety

In my last few posts, I wrote about being a Warrior and an Explorer with regard to safety. But these are only two of the personality types you need to make a safety program work.

The third is The Artist. Someone has to find new ways, apply creativity and find the path that no one has seen before. We work with people of so many backgrounds, and while a promise of reward for a safe week/month/year may appeal to some, others recognize the value of safety as its own reward.

So… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on August 19, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments


Summer is here, and people who do roofing work, road repair, construction landscaping, or other physically demanding jobs are probably exposed to hot and humid conditions! Being uncomfortable is not the major problem when working in high temperatures. Varying degrees of heat stress may also be suffered, increasing to potential for accidents.

The human body maintains a fairly constant internal temperature. When we become overheated, several reactions take place. First, the body rids itself… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 19, 2009 at 12:01am — No Comments

Getting ready for an OSHA inspection

Practical tips on preparing for an OSHA inspection, from selecting a company representative to training supervisors for interviews.

Added by David Green on August 18, 2009 at 6:50am — No Comments

Types of Heat Stress

1. Heat Stroke Heat Stroke is the most serious heat related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given. Symptoms… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 18, 2009 at 1:16am — No Comments

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