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Trench Safety Saves Lives

Trench safety saves lives.

This often-spoken phrase is implemented with the training and assignment of individuals designated as competent persons to job sites with open trenches, pits and excavations.

Aluminum trench boxMore than a description, a competent person is defined by OSHA as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them” [29 CFR 1926.32(f)].

Competent person training is currently available through Neff Rental in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. During the one-day program, individuals are provided specific training...

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Cold weather poses a danger to construction workers

Cold weather poses a danger to construction workers and equipment operators. By recognizing the physical and mental signals of cold-weather stress, individuals can know when to take action that prevents fatigue, accidents and injury to themselves.

caution cold weatherWhen an individual is experiencing the following symptoms, they should immediately go to or be instructed to go to a location where they can warm up, drink warm water and rest for a few minutes. These symptoms include:

  • Discomfort from cold stiff hands and feet, runny nose and shivering.
  • Reduced manual skills, dexterity, coordination and accuracy.
  • Stiffness of muscles and joints.
  • Difficulty maintaining their core body temperature.
  • Red, swollen, tender and itchy patches or skin.
  • Trench foot – swelling, numbness,...
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Recognizing unsafe behavior and unsafe conditions

On job sites, there are typically two causes of accidents: unsafe behavior and unsafe conditions. While monitoring and preventing unsafe behavior is the responsibility of each individual and the job site supervisors, recognizing unsafe hazards is the responsibility of all employees.danger unsafe conditions

Some unsafe conditions that can lead to an accident include:

  • Failing to wear proper personal protection equipment
  • Horseplay
  • Using frayed or cut extension cords
  • Disregarding posted warning signs
  • Failing to follow proper procedures when entering a confined space
  • Poor housekeeping - everything should have a place and should be stored when not in use
  • Using improper or defective tools
  • Handling materials with sharp edges carelessly
  • Failing to follow proper procedures for setting up traffic controls in work zones
  • Failing...
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Having a work site clear, clean and safe

Having a work site clean and clear of piles of excess lumber, roofing materials, smashed concrete blocks and other discarded building material not only makes a site more manageable, but increases productivity and enhances overall safety.

bobcat-t740A clean job site can reflect the quality of the work being performed. When contractors make clean-up and removal an essential part of each construction phase, it enhances your reputation with your customers.

Leaving debris scattered across a job site can be hazardous to workers on the ground and equipment operators. The probability of trip and falls increases, as does the frequency of punctured tires. In addition, by organizing debris piles in designated areas, workers know where...

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