One person a day is electrocuted at work, and though this is a surprising fact to many people, it is also very true. Every employer has a duty to protect their employees in the work environment, and they want to know what can be done to make that happen. This is no easy feat, but if a company follows the seven electrical safety habits below they can greatly reduce the potential for electrocutions (fatalities) at work.
Falls from heights are a serious concern in all industries, but especially in the construction industry. In construction, fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 preventable construction fatalities recorded in 2016. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries among all workers.
"Safety starts with you." "Safety is priority number one." "Be cool and be safe." These slogans and many more have filled safety boards and posters ever since health and safety became something to abide by. Safety truly is something that doesn't happen overnight. At times employers look for a new way of doings things, a change in their safety culture, or to weed out the complacent and habitual "safety anarchist".
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.