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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.



Hazards

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 @ www.sajd.org / 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.



Hazards

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

Hazards

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

WORKING AT HEIGHT

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

RISKS / HAZARDS WHILE WORKING AT HEIGHT:-

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.

http://www.gwent.police.uk/leadnews.php?a=2172


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

HEAT STRESS – A SUMMER TIME HAZARD

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. http://www.fdrsafety.com/blog/

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… Continue

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

FAQ: Can I recirculate the air from the dust collector back into my shop?

The answer is yes in almost all cases. It make sense to save on energy costs by returning heated or air conditioned air back into the workspace after it exits the dust collector. When using recirculating dust collection systems, special safety and performance concerns must be addressed. Often, a… Continue

Added by Sal Campos on August 17, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Site Transport Safety

•More than 30% of fatalities in the construction activities are due to unsafe practices in site transportation.

•Always keep alert. Particularly in the vicinity of mobile plant/ equipments.

•Never attempt to operate plant or machinery unless you have been trained and authorized to do so.

•Adequate clearance should be provided for the safe movement of vehicles, identifying overhead or floor level obstructions.

•Movements should be properly supervised when reversing or access… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 15, 2009 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Electrical Safety

. Assume all cables are live, unless your supervisor tells you they are dead.

•All electrical equipment must be in good condition and inspection prior to use.

•Electrical devices must have a plug with good prongs and without cracks, cords must not be frayed or exposed, tapped over wiring is not allowed.

•Electrical cords must be kept out of water and crude oil. Electric cords must also be protected from fraying when used on platforms, laid over railings…..

• Portable… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 15, 2009 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

How Does Your Company Approach Drug-testing for Employees?

Is drug-testing mandatory for employees of your company? If so, is it a pre-screening or DOT type test?



Does your company perform random drug-testing? If so, how often do random drug tests take place per year?



What about background checks?



Does your company offer health & wellness boosters, such as Vitamin B12 shots? If they offered them, would you partake?



Does your company have medical staff available to administer routine lab… Continue

Added by Vicki Johnson on August 14, 2009 at 10:24pm — 2 Comments

HORSEPLAY’

Introduction:- Nearly everyone has heard a practical joker say “This one is gonna kill ya”. Well, hopefully it never will. However, practically jokes invite danger. The building trades industry is potentially dangerous and anything that unnecessarily increases the chance of an injury must be eliminated. Horseplay benefits no one and usually only builds up resentment and fosters relation. Practical jokes should be discouraged. At some point, if they continue they need to be… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 14, 2009 at 1:36am — No Comments

flashback arrestor location

Flashback arrestors on oxy-fuel welding rigs are most commonly located at the regulator. However, torch makers like Victor place them in the torches. Do any list members know if US OSHA has ever specified in writing where they must be located? Many say that placing them both at the regulator and torch is not good because it restricts gas flow too much.
Wm R. Bunner, CET "Bill" trngassoc@aol.com
Ps. Here in Tuxpan, Mexico we are just using them in the torch heads.

Added by Wm R. Bunner CET on August 13, 2009 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

HEALTH HAZARDS

Working with Chemicals & Hazardous Substances:



Many hazardous substances are used on construction sites. Chemicals are contained in adhesives, admixtures, brick and stone cleaners, decorative / protective treatments for timber and metals, floor treatments / finishes, formwork and mould treatments, fumigants, cements and grouts, insulates, sealants, solvents and weed killers.



Accidents can be prevented if you know what the chemicals are, the hazards they pose, and the… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on August 13, 2009 at 1:31am — 1 Comment

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