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Scaffolding and aerial lift safety

roofing safety

Falls from heights consistently rank as one of the most frequent—and most fatal—workplace accidents. They occur so often because exposure is everywhere: any surface 6 feet or more above ground level could cause injury. Scaffolding and aerial lifts are among the most common fall sources, so it’s important to follow all safety rules.

Scaffolding Safety

  • Always wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles when working on scaffolding.
  • Do not keep debris or other material on the scaffold where they present a tripping hazard.
  • Use your best judgment in bad weather . Do not use a scaffold in especially stormy, windy or icy weather.

Aerial Lift Safety

  • Never climb over or lean on guard rails.
  • Do not enter an aerial lift that you know has not been properly maintained.

Proper Roofing Practices

Ensure your safety at heights

Working at heights is always dangerous, but roofing is responsible for a disproportionate number of fall injuries because of the nature of the surface. You have to deal with working at heights as well as on slanted and often slippery surfaces.

Several factors combine to create hazardous work situations on roofs, including the pitch, amount of moisture, presence of dirt or sawdust, your footwear and presence of tripping hazards.

Before you begin working, your supervisor should perform an evaluation of the conditions and set up all necessary safety equipment; however, that does not mean your safety is in someone else’s hands. It’s your responsibility to take your safety into your own hands, too.

In addition to falls, roofing presents hazards to those working below. Practice good housekeeping and never drop anything off the edge of the roof.

If you feel conditions are becoming unsafe as you work—for example, it is beginning to rain and the roof is becoming slippery—notify your supervisor immediately.

Did you know?

More than one-third of fall deaths in residential construction are caused by falls from roofs. Using a personal fall arrest system (PFAS), horizontal lifeline or rope grab decreases the likelihood of a fatal fall while roofing.

Download the attached PDF to learn more and to share with others.

Construction workers suffer more electrical burns and fatal electrical injuries than workers in all other industries combined, but many of these incidents could have been prevented with the implementation of proper ground-fault protection practices.

Download the attached PDF to learn more.

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There are several federal laws applicable to typical drug and/or alcohol testing policies which a company must adhere to:

Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988
This Act applies to employers and contractors entering into contracts with the government in excess of $100,000 and requires that they maintain a drug-free workplace. Though this Act does not require drug testing, there are several provisions that employers must follow, download the attached PDF to learn more.

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Mounting or dismounting a large truck or piece of equipment without hurting yourself seems simple, but many accidents involve this type of injury. The best way to prevent falling while getting into or out of a truck, tractor cab or heavy equipment is to follow the three-point contact system. Download the attached PDF’s to learn how to protect yourself.  Available in English and Spanish.

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Scaffolding and aerial lift safety

roofing safety

Falls from heights consistently rank as one of the most frequent—and most fatal—workplace accidents. They occur so often because exposure is everywhere: any surface 6 feet or more above ground level could cause injury. Scaffolding and aerial lifts are among the most common fall sources, so it’s important to follow all safety rules.

Scaffolding Safety

  • Always wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles when working on scaffolding.
  • Do not keep debris or other material on the scaffold where they present a tripping hazard.
  • Use your best judgment in bad weather . Do not use a scaffold in especially stormy, windy or icy weather.

Aerial Lift Safety

  • Never climb over or lean on guard rails.
  • Do not enter an aerial lift that you know has not been properly maintained.

Proper Roofing Practices

Ensure your safety at heights

Working at heights is always dangerous, but roofing is responsible for a disproportionate number of fall injuries because of the nature of the surface. You have to deal with working at heights as well as on slanted and often slippery surfaces.

Several factors combine to create hazardous work situations on roofs, including the pitch, amount of moisture, presence of dirt or sawdust, your footwear and presence of tripping hazards.

Before you begin working, your supervisor should perform an evaluation of the conditions and set up all necessary safety equipment; however, that does not mean your safety is in someone else’s hands. It’s your responsibility to take your safety into your own hands, too.

In addition to falls, roofing presents hazards to those working below. Practice good housekeeping and never drop anything off the edge of the roof.

If you feel conditions are becoming unsafe as you work—for example, it is beginning to rain and the roof is becoming slippery—notify your supervisor immediately.

Did you know?

More than one-third of fall deaths in residential construction are caused by falls from roofs. Using a personal fall arrest system (PFAS), horizontal lifeline or rope grab decreases the likelihood of a fatal fall while roofing.

Download the attached PDF to learn more and to share with others.

What is ergonomics and how does it impact us? Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people, their work and their workplace. The primary goal of ergonomics is to help the body move in natural ways and reduce stressors that might cause damage or injury.

Primary Risk Factors

Being aware of your motions and movements that might cause problems is the first step to avoid doing something that may develop into an Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD). The four primary risk factors for MSDs include:

•    Awkward or uncomfortable postures
•    Using excessive force
•    Repetitive motion
•    Contact stress

Rules of Good Lifting

Following these safe lifting rules will reduce the possibility of injury:

•    Size up the load before lifting – test by moving a corner or pushing the load.
•    Bend the knees when lifting – let your legs do the work.
•    Place feet close to the object and center yourself over the load.
•    Lift straight up in a smooth motion.
•    Do not twist or turn your body once the lift is made.
•    Make sure there is a clear path – this will help you avoid falling over something you can not see.
•    Set the load down properly.
•    Always push a load that is on a cart – never pull it.
•    If it is a long, awkward or extremely heavy object, get some help.
•    Split the load into smaller loads, if possible.

Download and share with your employees

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Avoiding Strains-Spanish

 

During the past Winter, temperatures along the Eastern seaboard fell below zero with wind chills approaching -30F in parts of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Cold weather brings the danger of impaired fire protection because of water freezing in sprinkler piping, underground mains, gravity suctions tanks or fire pumps. During a severe cold spell, these pipes can freeze, burst and produce devastating losses. Water damage from this type of incident, known as a freeze-up can affect products in storage, paperwork, records, furniture, machinery, computers and all types of electronic equipment. Such freezing not only leaves a risk vulnerable to fire and damage to the building contents, but may also necessitate expensive repairs to the system.

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CNA Risk Control has developed the following materials to help plan for and implement preventative measures to better protect your business from the threat of freeze-ups.

Download today!

Dry-Pipe Sprinkler Valve Heated Enclosure 

Preventing Sprinkler System Freeze Ups

Winter Freeze Precautions 

 

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.

OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.

Eye and face protection is addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, long shoring, and the construction industry.

Download the Eye Safety Questionnaire to share with your employees – English Version

Download the Eye Safety Questionnaire to share with your employees – Spanish Version

 

 

With the right ladder and proper use, working above ground level should be no problem. Make sure you have an appropriate ladder and use correct technique for placement and climbing.

Construction Safety

Fiberglass Ladder – Delamination on Side Rails

Issue:  A fiberglass Man-Hole style ladder designed for a safe working load of 300 pounds was being used to Enter/Exit an excavation.  The side rails of the ladder delaminated causing the ladder to fail.  The ladder was 2 years old.

What Happened

When the worker placed his weight on the ladder the side rails failed causing the worker to fall approximately six feet into the excavation.  The worker sustained minor injuries.

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A general inspection prior to use did not reveal separation in the side rails of the ladder.

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Closer inspection of the side rails revealed cracks and delamination of the side rail.

When the worker placed his weight on the ladder to side rail separated and could not support the weight.  The ladder bowed causing the worker to fall into an excavation.

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Delamination occurred on both side rails.

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Corrective Action

All fiberglass ladders are inspected on the inside portion of the side rails and placed on an angle and pressure is applied to the side rails to determine if any cracks or delamination has occurred prior to the ladder being used.

Ladder Safety Checklist

To prevent falls from ladders, make sure you have the following controls in place:

  • Use only ladders that are in good condition and designed to handle the climbing job that needs to be done.
  • Train employees on proper ladder use.
  •  Make proper ladder use a performance requirement for the job.
  •  Require employees to complete a ladder inspection before each use.

Criteria for Ladder Purchase and Care

  • Check OSHA standards for the type of ladder you are using.
  • Use only Underwriter’s Laboratory approved ladders (will have the UL seal).
  • Protect wood ladders with a clear sealer, such as varnish, shellac, linseed oil or wood preservative because paint can hide defects. 

Ladder Usage

  • Be sure step ladders are fully open and locked before climbing them.
  • Place ladder on a flat, secure surface.
  • Place ladder on a hard surface as it will sink into a soft surface.
  • Place ladder on non-movable base.
  • Lean ladder against a secure surface, not boxes or barrels.
  • Do not place ladder in front of a door.
  • Position base of ladder one foot away for every four feet of height to where it rests (1:4 ratio).
  • Ladder rails should extend at least three feet above top landing.
  • Check shoes to ensure they are free of grease or mud.
  • Mount the ladder from the center, not from the side.
  • Face ladder when ascending or descending, and hold on with both hands.
  • Carry tools in pockets, in a bag attached to a belt, or raised and lowered by rope.
  • Don’t climb higher than the third rung from the top.
  • Work facing the ladder.
  • Do not overreach, always keep your torso between the ladder rails.
  • When using ladder for high places, securely lash or fasten the ladder to prevent slipping.
  • Avoid outdoor ladder use on windy days.
  • Avoid aluminum ladders if work must be done around electrical wires 

Support Information

For more information on ladder design and safety, please see more information published by the American Ladder Institute at:

http://www.laddersafety.org

Download as a PDF – English.

Download as a PDF – Spanish.