Falls from heights are the main cause of injuries and deaths in construction. Most people who work in construction spend at least part of their time working at heights. Did you know that if you are working more than six feet off the ground, you need fall protection? In general industry, it’s four feet! Year after year, fall protection violations are #1 on the list of OSHA’s “Top 10” standards violations.
Do you have chemicals in your workplace? Even if you’re in an office or retail environment, you probably do. Do you know what chemicals in your workplace could hurt you or your workers? Do you understand your responsibilities for chemical safety under the Hazard Communication Standard, HazCom 2012?
In construction, falls are the leading cause of injury and death. Did you know that if you are working in construction, and are working more than six feet above the ground or a lower level, OSHA standards require some kind of fall protection. Fall protection falls into two categories: • fall prevention – as the name implies, these are systems to keep workers from falling. Scaffolding is a fall prevention system. • fall arrest – in situations where you can’t be sure to prevent worker falls, these systems make sure that if a worker falls, they won’t fall far or be injured or killed. Employers at workplaces with fall hazards are required to have a fall protection plan in place.
Use LOTO so safety isn’t a “lotto”. If you need to repair or service a piece of equipment, you need to make sure that it won’t start up or move unexpectedly. Don’t just turn it off. Someone might turn it back on while you’re working on it. You could be injured - or worse. Lock out and tag out (LOTO) equipment before you or anyone else repairs or services equipment or machinery.
Take a deep breath. Feel that air in your lungs. Now imagine doing that in a toxic environment. That would be crazy, right? Right! You could get sick or even die. That’s why workers need respiratory protection when their work environment exposes them to toxic substances such as chemical fumes and vapours. What if you couldn’t catch that breath because you caught COVID-19 at work? A different type of respiratory protection can help prevent this from happening.
Did you know that over 18% of workers in the US use ladders in their work? Even if you don’t use one at work, you’ve probably used one at home. You may have heard the expression, “it’s as easy as falling off a ladder”. Unfortunately, lots of people do it – fall off, that is. Each year in the U.S., more than 500,000 people are treated and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries.
Forklifts or powered industrial trucks are widely used in warehouses, manufacturing plants, construction sites, freight terminals and many other locations to move, raise, lower, or remove large and small objects. They are heavy vehicles, often carrying heavy loads and operating in enclosed spaces. They are invaluable tools but present a number of safety hazards.