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Ironworking Dangers: The Possible Risks

Ironworkers are an important part of the workforce. However, they've historically faced pretty high rates of on-the-job injuries. This is due to the many different ironworking dangers that show up in this kind of work. Being aware of these risks is important for staying safe while working... Ironworking Dangers: The Possible Risks Falls Falls are some of the most significant ironworking dangers. Often times, ironworkers will find themselves working several feet above the ground. However, this can be quite risky, as it opens themselves up to potential falls. Additionally, it can also make it more difficult for them to perform their jobs if they aren't prepared.  Still, there are some ways for these workers to keep themselves from falling. Safety harnesses, for example, are a good way to prevent workers from potentially falling and hurting themselves. It's also good to invest in things like slip-resistant shoes, as ironworkers tend to have to work year-round, including during rainy or snowy conditions.  Muscle [...]

By | May 11th, 2019|

Forklift Hazards: Common Safety Risks

Forklifts are very useful tools which can help workers move heavy loads without putting their bodies under strain. However, they can also be dangerous, as forklift hazards are responsible for over 100,000 accidents a year. That's why it's important to know the risks that come with using a forklift, in order to avoid them as best as possible... Forklift Hazards: Common Safety Risks Unsecured loads Unsecured or unbalanced loads are one of the more common forklift hazards workers can face. An unsecured load runs the risk of falling off the forklift, possibly onto another worker or the driver themselves. This can occur when a driver has to make a quick stop or turn, which could lead to disastrous results. As a result, it's important to make sure all loads are properly secured and balanced before using the forklift. Make sure the load is all the way on the forklift and isn't leaning to one side or the other. You can also [...]

By | May 7th, 2019|

Nail Gun Safety: Prevent Injuries

Nail guns are one of the many different tools workers use on construction sites. However, they can also be dangerous and lead to injury if one is not careful. That's why knowing good nail gun safety is important. That way, workers can make sure they keep themselves safe while getting the job done... Nail Gun Safety: Prevent Injuries Practice trigger discipline Nail guns are popular due to how quickly they can be used. A worker can lay down a long line of nails in a very short amount of time with a nail gun. However, being too trigger-happy could lead to injury if one isn't careful. This is why a large part of nail gun safety is trigger discipline.  Nail guns come with two different trigger types. Contact tips will fire anytime the nose and trigger are depressed. Sequential guns will only fire if the nose is depressed before the trigger is pulled. These triggers are much safer and help prevent [...]

By | May 3rd, 2019|

Portable Generators: Using Them Safely

Many jobs will make use of portable generators. These generators can help provide some temporary or remote power on a work site. However, they also come with some potential risks. That's why it's important to know how to use these tools safely...  Portable Generators: Using Them Safely Avoiding shocks Portable generators, like anything that creates electricity, run the risk of causing shocks. These shocks could be quite dangerous, so it's important to reduce the risk as much as possible. For example, generators should only be used if their cords are in good condition. Touching an exposed cord could result in a nasty shock.  Generators should also be kept dry and away from water. If you have to use a generator in wet conditions, make sure it's properly kept out of any rain or water. You can use things like canopies to keep a generator safe and dry; just make sure to dry off before using it yourself! Ventilation is key Portable [...]

By | May 2nd, 2019|

Back Injuries: Steps For Prevention

Back injuries can be some of the most dangerous workplace injuries. That's why it's especially important to take good safety precautions. These precautions can not only help you stay safe, but improve your workplace performance as well... Back Injuries: Steps For Prevention Watch how you lift Overexertion is a common cause of back injuries for workers. Often times, not knowing how to lift heavy objects results in a tweaked or pulled back muscle. These can end up putting you out of commission for some time. However, proper lifting techniques can help reduce this injury risk.  When lifting, you want to lift using your legs rather than your back. This will transfer the strain to your stronger leg muscles, which are designed to constantly lift and support weight. Once you've lifted the object up, keep it at waist level to ensure that it's in-line with your core. Also, for those very heavy objects, opt for using specialized tools or machines to move [...]

By | April 26th, 2019|

Workplace Allergies: How To Handle Them

For many people, springtime marks the return of some annoying allergies. These allergies, and many others, can end up making their way into the workplace. Handling workplace allergies is important for not letting them get in the way of your work. As it turns out, there's several ways which you can try to tackle these allergies... Workplace Allergies: How To Handle Them Know your triggers The first part of handling workplace allergies is knowing what triggers them. For instance, pollen, dust mites, and mold tend to be common triggers which can show up in the workplace. However, maybe your allergies are food-related, or a mixture of both. In that case, you'll have to know what foods you can or can't eat as well.  Once you know what your triggers are, you can start to know what to look out for. There's the common things like dust or pollen, but certain perfumes or sprays could also trigger your allergies. Different foods also [...]

By | April 24th, 2019|

Digging Safety: Proper Procedure

Many construction or utility jobs will involve digging things like trenches or ditches. However, this kind of work can be dangerous. That's why it's important to use good digging safety techniques. Using these procedures can help keep you and others safe while on the job...  Digging Safety: Proper Procedure Digging the trench There are several different digging safety techniques to use while doing the actual digging. For starters, make sure you know the area you're digging in. You don't want to accidentally cut any cables or hit any pipes while digging, as this could cause serious problems for both you and the people in the area. You'll also want to ensure you have the right safety equipment on. Once you begin digging, keep any of the heavy equipment away from the sides. This will help prevent their weight from causing the trench to cave in. Make sure to keep the dug-up material like dirt or gravel away from the trench as [...]

By | April 19th, 2019|

Workplace Mold: How To Handle It

Mold is one of those things no one wants to be around. That's why it's important to know what to do if you encounter workplace mold. Knowing how to handle mold will help keep you and your workplace safe... Workplace Mold: How To Handle It Keep your distance When you first discover workplace mold, you might want to give it a closer inspection. However, this could potentially be risky. While there are certain kinds of mold which aren't hazardous, others like black mold can cause serious health issues.  Mold can enter your body through the air in as well as through contact with the skin. That's why it's important to keep your distance from any mold you discover. If you have to get near it, take precautions like wearing a face mask and gloves just in case.  Look for a source Mold only needs moisture and oxygen exposure to be able to grow. This means it can show up in many places [...]

By | April 17th, 2019|

Construction Site Injuries

Construction work is an important field, with there always being a need for people to help build things. However, this work does come with some risks, as seen by some of the common construction site injuries. However, being aware of these risks will help workers stay safe while on the job... Construction Site Injuries Physical injury Physical injuries are a quite common form of construction site injuries. Head injuries tend to occur when falling debris or tools strike workers in their heads. Back injuries can happen when workers slip or fall, especially off of ladders. There's also hand and leg injuries, like cuts, punctures, or fractures. These can occur from loose nails or screws, or from misusing machinery. However, there are a good amount of ways to protect yourself from these risks. Protective gear like helmets and gloves go a long way in keeping yourself safe from physical injuries. Non-slip gear and harnesses can also help keep your from slipping or [...]

By | April 12th, 2019|

Occupational Hearing Loss

Your hearing is one of those things you don't appreciate until it's gone. In fact, 24% of hearing loss cases in the U.S. are related to occupational hearing loss. That's why it's important to take steps to keep your hearing safe while on the job... Occupational Hearing Loss The causes The causes of occupational hearing loss seem to be pretty straightforward. Excessive noise exposure is the most common and direct cause. Constant exposure to loud noises can cause violent vibrations in the ear, causing hearing damage.  There are other, less common causes that are also important to watch for. Head injuries from blows to the head or falling debris can also cause hearing loss. There is also chemically-based hearing loss. Constant exposure to certain solvents, heavy metals, and gasses like carbon monoxide can cause hearing loss through contact or ingestion. The effects The effects of occupational hearing loss can be both obvious and subtle. For example, your ears might start to feel [...]

By | April 11th, 2019|