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Safety Tip of the Week

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Preventing Slips and Falls

Every day cleaners and liquids can cause the worst slips and falls. Grease and oil are among a list of things that should always be reported and properly cleaned on a jobsite and thoroughly cleaned at home.

On a jobsite always remember to:

  • report and clean up spills or leaks
  • keep aisle an exits clear of items
  • consider installing mirrors and warning signs to help with blind spots
  • replace worn or damaged floor

Certain types of floors soak up liquids differently. Remember to read the spill directions on at home cleaning and work related liquids and be aware of the proper cleaning protocol.

Wearing Personal Protective Equipment

Hazards exist in every workplace in many different forms: sharp edges, falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, noise and a myriad of other potentially dangerous situations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers protect their employees from workplace hazards that can cause injury.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are items such as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices, heard hats, respirators and full body suits. If you feel like someone isn’t wearing the proper PPE gear, talk to them and ask your supervisor about the proper gear.

If you’re visiting a project site and unsure what you should wear, ask the person overseeing your visit. PPE isn’t just to protect the employers, it’s important to follow the guidelines for safety for everyone.



Bumps & Bruises

Summer provides the perfect time for families to play outside and sometimes that means bumps and bruises occur. Not only is it important on a jobsite to know what to do, but it can also help at home. Remember the simple acronym R.I.C.E in those situations.

  • Rest
  • Ice the injury
  • Compress the area
  • Elevate to reduce swelling


Heat Safety

Hot weather is here and not only as workers are we are exposed to hot and humid conditions, but our families spend more time outside during the summer. Keep these tips in mind to help you identify signs of heat-enabling injuries or illnesses. To prevent these remember to take breaks often and drink plenty of water. Find a cool shaded area and stay dry from sweat and moist clothes.

Ladder Safety

Before you step on a ladder, you must understand ladder safety.  You owe it to yourself and your loved ones not to gamble with your life; but every time you step onto a ladder you’re betting your life on its integrity and your knowledge.

Here are some steps you can take to stack the odds in your favor:

  • Choose the right type of ladder for the task.
  • Use wood or fiberglass ladders when working near electrical lines.
  • Keep all types of ladders at least 20 feet away from powerlines.
  • Handle all ladders carefully.  A large ladder can be tricky to handle.  Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  • Inspect ladders should be inspected frequently for damage or deterioration. 
  • Keep the areas around the top and bottom of a ladder clear to avoid tripping hazards and falling objects.
  • Be sure to set a ladder on solid footing before attempting to climb.
  • Never lean a stepladder against a wall.  Use it only when it is completely open and the spreaders are locked.
  • When using a straight or extension ladder, be sure to use the four-to-one (4:1) ratio, which means that for every four feet in height, you move the base out one foot.
  • Take special care when ascending and descending a ladder; always face the ladder.
  • When climbing a ladder, make sure both of your hands are free so you can firmly grip the side rails.
  • Never slide down a ladder.
  • Make sure your ladder extends 36 inches above the landing.
  • Don’t use ladders horizontally as platforms, runways, or scaffolds.

Store ladders securely and protect them from weather when they are not in use.


Water Safety

Temperatures are on the rise, which means increased swimming in pools and lakes. Remember these tips to stay safe while participating in water sports or activities.

  • Adults should always be actively supervising children while in the water
  • Always swim with a buddy in an area unsupervised by lifeguards or in open water with boats
  • Know how to help someone struggling to swim without endangering yourself, when to call 911 and when and how to perform CPR
  • If participating in activities requiring life vests or paddles, be sure to seek out proper training

Grilling

When the weather is nice we tend to grill outside for BBQ’s and holidays. Remember these simple tips to keep you and your family safe while grilling.

  • Never grill in a house, tent or camper
  • Make sure the grill stays away from overhanging branches, decks and other flammable objects
  • Never add charcoal or starter fluid when the coals have already been ignited