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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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Secure and Protect this Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving and the various holidays in December fast approaching, several decisions need to be made about how to secure and protect construction equipment and job sites over the extended breaks.

job-site-fenceDuring the upcoming holidays – Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24 and then Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and other celebrations towards the end of December – construction job sites are sometimes left unguarded and equipment unprotected.

Children may see a vacant job site with parked equipment, uncovered trenches, or buildings under construction as an imaginary playground while being unaware of the trip, fall and cave-in hazards.

For thieves, a temporarily inactive and, sometimes, unprotected job site is an invitation to attempt to remove unguarded equipment, small tools...

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I get by with a little light from my friend

Since Daylight Savings Time ended and we turned our clocks back one hour on November 6th, you may have noticed less light.

taylor-certain-night-forklift-with-lightsWhat does this mean for construction sites? When jobs halted at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4, the sun set between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., depending on where you are in the country. On November 7, the day after Daylight Savings Time ended, the sun set between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., depending on your location.

As the winter months’ progress, darkness falls slightly sooner, while the sun rises later – between 7:00 a.m. and 7:25 a.m.

It’s important to consider worker safety during the winter months, particularly for workers to be...

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Confined Space Precautions

When preparing to work in a confined space, specific precautions must be taken to ensure your personal safety, as well as the safety of your co-workers and safety attendants.

Diesel oil tank - danger confined space

Diesel oil tank - danger confined space

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that for the past five years there have been an average of 92 deaths per year involving people working in confined spaces.

A confined space refers to a space which, by design, has limited openings for entry and exit, unfavorable natural ventilation which could contain or produce dangerous air contaminants, and which is not intended for continuous employee occupancy. Confined spaces...

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