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Safety Spotlight: The Importance of Knowing Basic First-Aid

WHAT WOULD YOU DO if a coworker or employee called and said someone was injured? Have you taken first-aid training so you would KNOW what to do? The contracting industry is a leader in accidents―and injury rates continue to be high. Knowing basic first-aid is a must for you and your company. The following is a list of helpful hints …

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Safety Spotlight: Was It an Accident or an Error?

What is an accident? Briefly, it is a sudden and unforeseen event. Given that definition, can we say that the Apollo fire that killed three astronauts on the launch pad and the Challenger disaster were accidents? The first Apollo fatalities were due to a fire that occurred when the spacecraft cabin was charged with pure oxygen during a test. Unfortunately, …

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Safety Spotlight: Shortcuts Are Killers!

Most of us have the necessary skills and knowledge to do our jobs well, and most of us don’t want to hurt ourselves or anyone else. Why then do we take “shortcuts,” setting up ourselves―and others―for injury? The following is a list of things we often do, even though we know we shouldn’t! You can’t fool safety devices, but we …

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Safety Spotlight: Screwdriver Safety!

The screwdriver is intended for one purpose only: to loosen and tighten screws. It’s not only important to know what a screwdriver is used for, but you must also know how to take care of it and use it properly. The following suggestions will enable you to make the best use of this tool. PROPER CARE OF SCREWDRIVERS Repair screwdrivers …

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Safety Spotlight: Snow Removal

For many of you who live in a cold climate, snow removal is reality. How you deal with it may be the difference between a serious injury and an inconvenience. For those who have a snow blower, the job is easier but not without hazard. The first thing to think about is what was left on the driveway before you …

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Safety Spotlight: When You Least Expect It―Lessons Learned!

The prospect of getting into an accident is something no one likes to think about. Time and again we hear our managers, supervisors, or coworkers telling us to be careful, work safely, and use personal protective equipment. Yet, do we really listen? We hear the words, but do we really believe we’ll be the one who will have an accident? …

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Safety Spotlight: Why You Should Develop a Safety Program

The formal safety program is a set of written documents that describe a company’s safety policies, priorities, and responsibilities. The program is designed to bring structure and consistency into a company’s accident-prevention efforts. Without a written document, you might as well have a construction crew without a blueprint, or a factory without a production plan. However, just because a safety …

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What to Do About “NEAR MISSES”?

Unlike a Western gunfight shoot-out at the corral on television, serious accidents can cause real anguish and suffering so real and vivid that persons involved or nearby bystanders rarely forget. An accident without injury though is more like the bloodless, painless fakery of television “violence”―perhaps without real purpose in the drama, and therefore easy to forget. In real life there …

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Safety Spotlight: Driver Conduct at Accident Scene

Even the best and most careful drivers sometimes find themselves involved in a vehicle accident.  You might be involved in an accident which you could not avoid.  Or you might be in a vehicle accident and be at fault.  Either way there are certain things that you should do and things that you shouldn’t do at the scene of an …

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Safety Spotlight: The Intersection Problem

As long as each vehicle moves in its own lane without getting in the way of another vehicle, traveling is smooth. But travel is not all in the same direction. Our chosen line of traffic often must cross the paths of other vehicles, and that’s when trouble arises—the intersection problem. Everyone knows that two bodies cannot occupy the same space …