Falls are still the number one killer as well as the number one source of injuries in the construction trade. To change this, several organizations including NIOSH, OSHA, CPWR as well as state and private sectro have partnered and created a website. http://stopconstructionfalls.com/ is a "Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction". Their goal is to prevent fatalities and injuries through a 3-pronged approach: Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on May 16, 2012 at 9:58am —
Added by Safetyguy08 on April 19, 2012 at 9:41am —
Look at the photo above. In his left hand, he has a “Life Member” certificate and in his right hand he has a small statuette, much like an Oscar or something, cast of bronze.
Why did this guy do to receive these awards? Quite simply he wore his harness and wore it right when he took a fall. For it, DBI/SALA not only gave him a new fall protection harness to replace the one that he took a… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on March 22, 2012 at 9:40am —
If you've got fall protection equipment it is imperative that the equipment be inspected each and every time you use it to make sure it isn't damaged and that it will perform well if and when it needs to.
In order to make the process as painless as possible, as well as to have adequate record-keeping, having a checklist form is usually the best way to go.
I've put together the three following checklist forms that you can download and print out to walk you through this… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on February 2, 2012 at 10:02am —
It's that time of year again, the leaves change and begin to fall from the trees. We also fall back with our clocks this weekend Nov 6th turning them back an hour. This is a great time of year, but there are safety hazards too.
Leaf Raking requires a number of different… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on November 4, 2011 at 10:12am —
Yesterday, OSHA unveiled it's top 10 most cited violations of 2011 during a live presentation at the NSC stating that falls are still the leading cause of death in construction. Fall Protection peaked this year at #1 with 7,139 citations issued.
For more information and the complete top 10 list, please visit: http://ehstoday.com/standards/osha/OSHA-top-10-citations-0202/
Added by HUGSAFETY on November 2, 2011 at 5:00pm —
As part of Tampa Bay Habitat for Humanity’s accelerated build event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month called the “Suzie Q Blitz Build”, HUGSafety’s Fall Protection Guardrail System was used to help expedite the building process by… Continue
Added by HUGSAFETY on October 27, 2011 at 9:01am —
OSHA’s implementation of the new fall protection standards have left many contractors wondering if creating a new safety strategy that involves the purchasing of fall arrest or guardrail safety systems can negatively impact their business by being too costly.
Regarding this issue, Bill Moore of Legacy Contracting Solutions had this to say when interviewed by the Palm Beach, FL. Post: “We’re getting beaten by people who say they don’t care about the rules.” Mr. Moore explains… Continue
Added by HUGSAFETY on October 21, 2011 at 9:00am —
Anyone working in residential construction has, by now, been made fully aware of the new mandate to OSHA inspectors to enforce the new fall protection standard. We've blogged about this new standard a few times in the past months.
While residential construction workers may feel like it's a pain to have to jump through all these hoops in order to be compliant, especially if they've been doing what they've been doing for many years with no problems, they have to realize that the numbers… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on September 2, 2011 at 10:29am —
Added by HUGSAFETY on September 1, 2011 at 1:54pm —
Miller Fall Protection, one of the leaders in fall protection, has come out with a manual entitled "Statement of Best Practices of Personal Fall Protection Systems for Aerial Work Platform Equipment". Here's what they have to say about this document:
Rental businesses, manufacturers, associations, educators, regulators, users and operators have joined forces to produce a Statement of Best Practices… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on August 18, 2011 at 9:49am —
Windows! They keep us connected to the outside world when we are indoors; they provide light and they allow us to keep out the cold or let the outside air in. They can also be a source of danger and the danger is two-fold. On the one hand we have to make sure that they open properly and easily to allow us to get out if we need to use them as an exit in case of fire; on the other hand they need to be guarded so that small children don't fall out of or through them. Especially when the weather… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on August 2, 2011 at 10:11am —
By Jack Cameron
I will be honest. I have never been crazy about climbing on ladders. I cannot really trace it back to any particularly traumatizing event or anything. I suppose it is just that bit of me that knows I have fallen before and if I fell from a ladder, it could be very bad. If I deconstruct it, I know that I do not actually mind being on the ladder and once I have gotten to… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on July 27, 2011 at 10:10am —
In an article entitled “OSHA’s win is safety’s loss”, author and NRCA executive vice president Bill Good feels as though the new OSHA residential safety directive will cause more problems for the contractors and have a negative impact on the workers that are supposed to benefit from this change.
He has met with numerous residential contractors and says that only a few of them actually use guardrails. In fact, many he claims have never even used a safety net. He then… Continue
Added by HUGSAFETY on July 8, 2011 at 2:36pm —
New info from OSHA:
June 16 - September 15, 2011 will be a phase-in period for their new residential fall protection directive where they will not issue citations if the employer is compliant with older directive (STD 03-00-001). “Hazard Alert Letters” which suggest feasible methods to become compliant will be issued during this period for companies failing to abide by OSHA's new safety directive and during subsequent inspections, if…
Added by HUGSAFETY on June 15, 2011 at 1:30pm —
Think you know about fall protection? Up on all the regulations? What about your employees?
There's a simple way to find out, take the Fall Protection IQ Test by Miller Fall Protection (Miller was recently acquired by Honeywell).
There are 15 questions some simple, some not so simple. Examples are:
At what height are workers required to wear… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on June 6, 2011 at 10:26am —
We've talked about the new OSHA directive on residential fall protection compliance before in this blog (See "Help from OSHA in new Residential Construction Standard") and how OSHA is trying to help residential construction companies comply. The latest addition to the collection of documentation is a PowerPoint presentation designed specifically to help… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on June 1, 2011 at 10:14am —
Your fall protection harness is one part of a whole system designed to keep you from hitting the ground if and when you fall. As such, you need to make sure that it isn't damaged, ripped or torn in some way to make sure that it will resist the force of the fall.
DO NOT assume that your boss, the tool room guy or your supervisor has inspected the harness for you. It isn't their life that's on the line, it's yours. It is your responsibility to examine and inspect the harness each and… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on April 18, 2011 at 9:59am —
DBI-SALA and her sister company Protecta have put together a nice 20 page manual that covers all the essentials and important points about fall protection.
The document "Thinking About Fall Protection" gives you all the basics you'll need to get started (or be reminded about).
The table of contents reads as follows:…
Added by Safetyguy08 on April 15, 2011 at 10:02am —
Back in December, OSHA issued a new directive concerning residential construction fall protection (See "Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction") in an attempt to reduce the number of falls from roof in residential construction. Deaths from falls remain the leading cause of death in that line of work.
Today, April 8th, OSHA has issued a new document… Continue
Added by Safetyguy08 on April 11, 2011 at 9:53am —