Winter Injuries: Frostbite & Hypothermia While winter activities such as skiing, sled riding, and making a snowman can be enjoyable; they also can pose a threat if you are not aware of the risks. Some tips to keep in mind before endeavoring into the winter wonderland we call earth are: Check the temperature and limit your time outdoors if it’s very cold, wet or windy Bundle up in several layers of loose clothing Wear mittens rather than gloves Cover your ears with a warm hat Wear socks that will keep your feet warm and dry Frostbite and hypothermia are the consequences of being exposed to the cold and can have some serious effects. While running
Fall Prevention Awareness Week Did you know that the leading cause of death for construction workers are falls? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 350 of the 937 construction fatalities in 2015 were caused by falls from elevation. However, the construction industry is not the only sector of work where falls are considered to be a danger. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls as well. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicle incidents for causing fatalities. Furthermore, all of these deaths from falling are preventable and can be avoided by these steps. Importance of Training First, training
May is Electrical Safety Month Electrocutions Are One of OSHA's Fatal Four Did you know that three of the ten most violated (and cited) OSHA standards involve electrical safety? In fact, “Electrocutions” are one of OSHA’s Construction Fatal Four. The Fatal Four is a list of hazards that accounted for over 64% of fatalities in the construction industry in 2015. Of the construction fatalities, 8.6% of them dealt with electrocutions. Focus on Prevention The following are some ways to prevent run-ins with electrical hazards: Make sure your lockout/tagout program is up to date. Routinely inspect extension cords and electrically powered tools for wear and tear.
"It's too hot." It’s that time of year to open up the swimming pool, bring out the grill, dust off the golf clubs and enjoy the outdoors! It’s also that time of year where heat related hazards are present. Every year, thousands of workers experience adverse health effects from occupational heat exposure. Workers who are exposed to high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, direct physical contact with hot objects and strenuous activities should be aware of potential heat-related illness. TYPES OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES Heat Stroke: the most serious form of heat-related illness which results when the body can no longer regulate its core temperature; a medical emergency that may result in death.
Springtime Hazards on Construction Sites As springtime starts to spring this year, everyone is excited to get out to the jobsite and enjoy the nice weather. However, it is important to think about what changes are happening on your construction site. Most of the country experienced one of the coldest and harshest winters in decades. This severe cold has caused the soil to heave up to an elevation that is higher than it was in the autumn. Now as the spring thaw starts, the soil will start to go back down to its normal elevation, which can cause unexpected hazards on your jobsite. So what’s the big deal? When scaffolding or shoring is bearing on
With the weather cooling down and the leaves changing colors, there are hidden dangers lurking outside. Slips, trips, and falls are prevalent during this season due to the rain and leaves residing on the ground. The good news is these accidents can be prevented with a little housekeeping. Make sure to rake leaves from the yard and driveway. The roadways can also be slick, so it is advised to slow down and make sure you check your car’s breaks and tires. Inspect the treads on your tires to make sure they are still good; you don’t want to have a bald tire which can cause your car to slide. Your car needs traction to stay