Archive for 'Safety Tips'
With this summer shaping up to be one for the record books, it is important to remember that HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable. Just remember three simple words: water, rest, shade. Drinking water often, [...]
Last December, OSHA rescinded its Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction (STD 03-00-001 – STD 3-0.1A), which had been in place since 1995. Effective June 16, 2011, employers must provide conventional fall protection systems – to protect all employees engaged in residential construction activities 6 feet or more above a lower level. The new [...]
When visiting a job site to check on its progress, safety might not be the first thing on your mind. However, accidents can happen when you least expect them. Whether visiting a KWA job site, or someone else’s, it always important to keep a couple of key items in mind. Wear the appropriate attire. It [...]
The weather has cooled down and the days are getting shorter. Construction rarely stops because of the cold, so that brings up a different set of safety concerns. Staying warm is essential to keeping the work going so here are some key things to remember. Do not use heaters in an area where they may [...]
While Summer is quickly coming to a close, the dangers of Heat Stress and Heat Stroke can remain with us well into September and October. Anyone working or spending time outdoors over the next couple of months should remain cognizant of the symptoms associated with these illnesses, and take personal precautions to avoid them. Individuals [...]
Good housekeeping is one of the surest ways to identify a safe workplace. You can tell how a contractor feels about safety just by taking a look around their job site. A good contractor should be cleaning their site on a regular basis, storing materials and tools in an organized fashion, keeping workplaces free from [...]
The National Institute for Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns that you can get the lung disease silicosis from dry-cutting masonry or stone, since the dust may contain silica. Wet-cut this material instead, or make sure your employer supplies you with a full respirator system. Occupational exposure and inhalation of airborne crystalline silica can produce silicosis, [...]