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Working Safely with Supported Scaffolds – Cal/OSHA

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Quick scaffold inspection – check for missing/damaged planks, missing guardrails/toeboards, proper access, proper tying off to buildings. clearance from electric lines,  any overhead obstructions and if the scaffold is level and plumb.

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Construction Safety Pocket Guide – OSHA

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Good guide for your “Top Ten” hazards. Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries. Potential hazards for workers in construction include: Falls (from heights); Trench collapse;  Scaffold collapse;  Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast; Failure to use proper personal  protective equipment; and Repetitive motion injuries. …read more

Worker Deaths by Falls – NIOSH

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Over 80 occupational falls resulting in fatalities are reviewed.  Very good real-world material for a safety meeting.  Many workers, regardless of industry or occupation, are exposed to fall hazards daily. This publication describes the magnitude of the problem of occupational falls in the U.S., identifies potential risk factors for fatal injury, and provides recommendations for developing effective safety programs to reduce the risk of fatal falls. Based on the surveillance data, falls from elevations were the fourth leading cause of occupational fatalities from 1980 through 1994. The 8,102 deaths due to falls from elevations accounted for 10% of all fatalities and an average of 540 deaths per year. …read more

Toolbox Training for Construction at Mines – MSHA

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This NIOSH Toolbox Training for Construction Aggregate Miners program contains 52 different modules designed to stimulate safety discussions among workers. Each module is intended to be completed in roughly 10 or 15 minutes, so a Toolbox Training session can be conducted once a week for the entire year. Every module follows the same format, so that as the weeks pass, workers will start to approach every safety situation in the same way. Some of the training topics include: working around equipment, PPE, materials handling, and hand tools. A blank format is included in the package to help develop your own topics. …read more

Guide for Safety Training, Plant Operations – MSHA

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Not in the Crushed Stone Industry?  You still should review this guide for the good training techniques and generic job safety for many heavy industrial applications. This Instructor Guide was developed to assist the sand, gravel, and crushed stone industry in conducting effective on-the-job training (OJT) of new employees, or employees reassigned to different jobs. This Instruction Guide uses a generic Job Safety Analysis (JSA) of jobs common to the industry. The JSA format facilitates uniform basic training in safe job procedures, while requiring only a minimum of time and effort on the part of the trainer. …read more

Is It Safe To Enter A Confined Space? – Cal/OSHA

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This is a California publication that has been written in a very easy to use format.  Worth looking at even if your work is not in California. This Confined Space Guide has been developed to explain the hazards of confined space work and to assist employers in establishing and maintaining an effective confined space program. By implementing such a program, both employers and employees will be able to: recognize, evaluate, and control confined space hazards, save lives and protect employees from job-related injuries and illnesses, promote safe and effective work practices, reduce preventable workers’ compensation losses and comply with the law. …read more

Scaffold Use in the Construction Industry – OSHA

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A competent person must inspect the scaffold and scaffold components for visible defects before each work shift and after any occurrence that could affect structural integrity.  This publication reviews scaffold rules and is a great reference for the Scaffold Competent Person. …read more