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Personal Protective Equipment

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Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace illnesses and injuries. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, personal protective equipment must be provided to employees. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with physical, electrical, chemical, radiological, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses, shoes/boots, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, vests, coveralls, and full body suits.

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Don’t Let a Gas Cylinder Be Your Boom

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I was on a major construction project that involved heavy machinery, equipment and a lot of man power. The site that was chosen for this project was unique as it was the former site of a massive steel mill. As was the case in the late 70's early 80's during the shutdown boom of the steel belt, the company simply closed the doors, demolished the building and put all of the rubble in the ground and capped it. Sweep it under the carpet right? On this job a contractor was using a hydraulic hammer bit on an excavator breaking apart all of the old rubble. Chipping away one-by-one it seemed like a task that was relatively safe, until one morning where it all changed.

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Step Up and Anticipate Accidents

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One of the key words in accident prevention is "anticipate". By anticipating what could happen, it is possible to take the proper safety steps to prevent an accident.

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Situational Awareness

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Have you ever driven to work and not remembered a thing about how you got there? Or maybe walked to the cafeteria to grab a cup of coffee and "zoned out" the entire way?

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