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3 SECONDS TO DISASTER

4/3/2014 - Posted by rondafriesel

Don’t let a 3 second distraction become a lifetime of regret!

The time it took to read the title of this safety tip, only 3 seconds, is the same length of time for distractions that precede 80% of automobile crashes and 60% of near misses. You may consider yourself to be an attentive and safe driver, however, those 3 seconds can be the precious time that allows you to prevent or avoid an accident — regardless whether it is your distraction or someone else’s.

A safe driver is not necessarily someone who has been lucky enough to avoid being involved in an accident. Rather, a safe driver is a courteous and defensive driver who looks out for others, avoids distractions, and is always on alert to anticipate and respond to potential traffic situations. Safe drivers share the road so that they do not become part of, or contribute to, a preventable accident.

The most dangerous part of the day for most people is their commute to and from work, school, shopping, and recreational activities.

  • Anticipate that someone might run that stop sign or red light. How will you react? What if a child runs out between those parked cars?

  • Stop “InTEXTicated Driving” that puts you, your passengers, and everyone else on the road at risk for accidents, injuries, and death.

  • Work zones are inherently unsafe, so slow down and stay alert! Follow signs and flaggers and watch out for workers and moving equipment.

  • Motorcycles and bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities for sharing the road and must obey the same traffic laws as cars and trucks. Wear helmets and clothing that make you visible to vehicle traffic. Above all: “Ride to Survive.”

  • Runners and walkers should wear Hi-Vis clothing and stay on walkways or paths, if possible. Face oncoming traffic and always carry identification. Look out for distracted drivers and be ready to avoid them.

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Office Electrical Safety

4/3/2014 - Posted by rondafriesel

Electrical office safety is extremely important. Electrical currents can be deadly at high voltages. Even a small amount of electrical current can be damaging to our body. It can cause nerve damage or paralysis. While it is important to practice all safety habits at work, electrical office safety is most important. Misusing electricity could result in many accidents, including fire. Electrical fires kill more than 700 people a year.

  • Always check for damaged cords and replace if necessary.
    Do not run cords across walkways and doorways. They may cause tripping hazards.
    Do not overload circuits with too many plugs.
    Never pull a plug out by the cord; always grip it firmly at the base.
    Keep all cords away from extreme heat sources.
    Never touch an exposed electrical wire.
    Be sure there is no water leaking on or near electronic devices.

 

Determining Power Strip Capacity
If you are going to use extension cords, power strips, or surge protectors with two or more appliances, you must add together the wattage rating for all appliances used on the cord. The total of those wattage ratings will help you determine which gauge size you will need.

Hair dryer 1,600
Portable heater 1,500

Vacuum cleaner 600
Portable fan 150
Television 150
Computer 150
Light bulbs 40, 60, 75, or 100

Do the Math Determine all the electrical items plugged into the extension cord, power strip, or surge protector. Then determine the power requirements for each item, either in amps or watts. Locate the capacity of the extension cord, power strip, or surge protector you are using. Add up all the power requirements. This total should not exceed 80 percent of the rated capacity of the extension cord, power strip, or surge protector you are using.

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Stay Alert! Stay Alive!

4/3/2014 - Posted by rondafriesel

I’ll bet your first thought is that this will be another safe driving tip! Well……..Yes and No!

In reality the “Stay Alert! Stay Alive” mantra should guide all our activities regardless if we are driving, working, or at home.

Driving: Statistics show that fully 80% of all crashes and 60% of near misses occur within 3 seconds of a distraction. Those distractions can include texting and cell phone use, eating, grooming, changing the radio or heater/AC controls, and even other passengers. Intoxicated / Impaired along with drowsy driving contribute to the distracted driving statistics. Can you really afford not to give your 100% undivided attention when behind the wheel? “Stay Alert! Stay Alive!”

Working: Always make a “Safe Plan of Action” for your work tasks to be sure you identify all the associated risks, and then take the steps necessary to eliminate those hazards. Potential hazards that are not obvious are often overlooked so be aware of your surrounding area and adjoining operations. Consider vehicle and pedestrian traffic flows. “Stay Alert! Stay Alive!”

Home: Everyone needs to know how to respond in case of fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, earthquake or other disasters that may strike while at home. Even if the TV and radio are turned off there are cell phone apps that will provide alerts to most natural disasters. While out shopping, be aware of your surroundings and be sure to park and walk in safe, well lit areas. “Stay Alert! Stay Alive!”

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Pump versus Chute Delivery of Concrete

1/21/2014 - Posted by Carrie Hitchner

Concrete pumping is usually the preferred method of delivery of a concrete mix to a job site’s pour. This involves the use of a machine that accepts the concrete from the mixer then places pressure on a large hose to push the concrete through to the point of the pour. Chute delivery uses a series of wide ducts in which concrete slides down to the desired location of the pour. Until the invention of the concrete pump, chutes were used frequently. Today, chute delivery is rarely used in the United States, but is frequently utilized in developing countries where construction equipment is not available.

A concrete pump uses material cylinders and hoses to deliver concrete to a specific area. A concrete pump is far more efficient in terms of time required to pour and the amount of labor required to manage the pour. Chute delivery is very labor intensive. It requires workers to prepare the chute, man the chute to keep concrete moving, reposition the delivery end of the chute during the pour, and then break down the chute. In modern industrialized construction projects, the labor costs and time to pour are not efficient enough.

Advantages of Concrete Pumping over Chute Delivery
To make chute delivery work, the concrete mix must be very wet or watered-down. This hurts the strength of the concrete. Using the same aggregate to cement ratios in a mix, the dryer mix that a concrete pump can deliver can produce concrete that withstands 3000 PSI. But to deliver the same mix with a chute system, it must be much wetter and the resulting concrete will likely only produce strength of 2,000 PSI (if you are lucky).

Because chute delivery relies on gravity instead of pressure to push the concrete to the pour site, the starting point of the chute at the concrete mixer truck must parked in a raised location. Then a system of jacks is used to put the chutes in place for gravity-based delivery. Erecting jacks and joining aluminum chutes together requires about 5 more people than concrete pumping. So set up, breakdown, as well as the delivery time results in chute delivery taking far more time to delivery concrete. A concrete pump uses mechanical and hydraulic forces that push the concrete through the hose. You only need one person on the hose and another one at the machine. Faster delivery time and less labor makes investment in purchasing or leasing a concrete pump an excellent financial decision.

Concrete Pumps Make Modern Construction Possible
The other benefit of concrete pumping is the constant speed of delivery. This type of control avoids errors during the pour, increases the likelihood of an even set on the concrete, and reduces waste during the pour and at the end of the pour when the concrete must be cut off just in time to finish the job and not deliver wasted material.

Concrete pumping affords flexibility that chute delivery cannot provide. You can deliver concrete upwards with a concrete pump. The driving force on a concrete pump is the hydraulic cylinders pushing material through two material tubes. Concrete pumps allow modern construction of monumental high-rise buildings.

A concrete pump is considered “the form of concrete delivery” in the United States now. If you can get a truck close to the pour site, it will pump the mix without having to form scaffolds to hold chutes or deal with positioning a truck in a higher location so the material can slide down.

Edward Salazar is co-owner of JED Alliance Group, Inc. When buying used heavy equipment to refurbish and sell, he visits many job sites where he sees safety being ignored. When he and his staff train their customers on purchased equipment, they reinforce the importance of knowing the machine and taking precautions. Feel free to contact Edward at 321-251-4844.


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Safety Shortcuts

11/20/2013 - Posted by rondafriesel

Most people like to get their job done by exerting the least amount of time and energy, and that leads us to continuously look for better ways for completing our work. Those “better ways” are often only shortcuts that do not provide the safe path for completing the task at hand.

When we successfully take a safety shortcut, we begin to believe that we can always substitute the quicker way, instead of following safe practices. Doing things the safe way starts to feel like “too much of a bother”. For example, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not “cool”. As a result, we often don’t take the time to find and use the right tools / equipment or plan our work properly and consider the consequences.

What are the odds?
If your chances of having an automobile accident are 1 in 100 while attempting to cut across 4 lanes of traffic, instead of crossing at the traffic light -What will you do?

If your chances of falling off of the ladder while reaching over too far resulting in breaking your leg is 1 in 100 -Will you take two minutes to climb down and reposition the ladder?

If you are changing a broken light bulb and your chances of receiving a potential lethal shock are 1 in 100 -Will you ensure that the power is turned off to that circuit?

If your chances of being injured are 1 in 100 if you were to by-pass a machine guard or if you fail to do a proper LOTO -What will you do?

What are the odds? No one knows for sure. However, risking life or limb to save a few minutes of your time is certainly an unsure bet – one you will eventually lose!


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DO YOUR BACK A FAVOR

11/20/2013 - Posted by rondafriesel

Back injuries are often very painful and can present a lifetime of disability and discomfort that can be expensive to diagnose and treat. Close to 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point during their lives and 20% of workplace injuries involve the back. Every time you bend over to lift a heavy object you put stress on your spine. Over time, the discs between your vertebrae can start to wear out and become damaged. You can reduce your chances of back injuries by recognizing how stress is generated on your back and taking preventive measures to eliminate that stress.Lifting Stress:

Your body acts like a lever when lifting, with your waist acting as the fulcrum. There is a 10:1 ratio between the pressures that is exerted on your back to the weight being lifted. Consider what happens when an average person with a 125# upper body weight bends over to pick up a 25# object. That combined pressure on the back is 1500#. Each additional 10# of upper body weight or weight of the object increases the total pressure on the back by another 100#. It’s easy to see how repetitive lifting, bending, and reaching can lead to back pain and spine problems.

Lifting Techniques:

- Take a balanced stance with knees bent and feet apart.
- Squat to lift with heels off floor and keep body close to object.
- Use palms to secure grip on object; use handles or straps if available.
- Lift without jerking and concentrate on using your leg and abdominal muscles instead of your back.
- Tuck your chin to keep your back in alignment.
- When carrying the load, be sure to turn your whole body and avoid twisting or turning at the waist.

Happy Backs:

- Strong stomach muscles and good physical conditioning are important for preventing back strains, sprains, and pains.
- The advice from your mother and teachers to “sit and stand up straight” still holds true, especially for adults.
- Avoid lifting and bending if possible. Bring the object to the “safe work zone” between your waist and shoulders.
- Use carts, lifts, cranes, or hoists whenever possible.
- It is almost always better to push than to pull.
- Know your limitations and don’t be shy about asking for help with heavy and awkward objects.

 


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ALL for One and One for All

7/22/2013 - Posted by rondafriesel

What does this mean? All members of a group support each individual member. They all have a common goal and work together to reach that goal.

Considering these actual Near Misses:

Workers on a roof dislodged an abandoned pipe inside a building and the pipe fell over production line.

Workers grading a site dug up a live 220v electrical service wire buried a foot below grade.

Worker felt dizzy and taken to doctor after operating a gas powered tool inside an unventilated space.

Worker had minor fender bender with another parked vehicle while backing work truck in parking lot.

These near misses all have a common theme the “Safe Plan of Action” only focused on the easily visible hazards and most obvious safety risks right in front of the worker. The hidden safety risks were below the roof – not on top. The risks were underground – not on the surface. The risks were in the inhaled air – not with the cutting tool or operation. The risks were behind the driver – not in front where visibility was good.

When you complete a “Safe Plan of Action” before starting a task, stop to look around, above, behind, under, and beyond your work area to determine / uncover the hidden safety risks. Use your expertise, experience, and insight to help yourself and others make safe decisions. We are all accountable for each other’s actions.

So, who is accountable for ensuring all the hidden and potential safety risks are identified and addressed? You are! I am! We are! We are all accountable for our own safety as well as the safety of each other. If one person fails, we all fail. It’s that simple! Safety is both an individual and a group effort.

 


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Why Take Safety Home?

7/15/2013 - Posted by rondafriesel

Everyone must receive safety training for jobs performed at work. Most of us also receive additional safety training on a wide variety of subjects that serve to heighten our safety awareness on the job. On top of all that training are safety tips, messages, signs, slogans, and posters that serve as constant reminders to be safe while on the job. Statistics show that training and increased awareness are slowly making an impact, although last year over 4,000 people died and over 3 million were injured while at work.

So what does this have to do with taking safety home? First consider a couple of statistics by the National Safety Council (NSC) and you will start to believe you are safer at work than at home. Nine out of ten accidental deaths and 75% of accidental injuries occur while off the job. Staggering numbers! Injuries off the job also cause three times more days lost time from work, which further results in lost pay, higher medical bills, and longer recuperation. To not take safety home is obviously not a very good idea!

Everything you do and everywhere you go have elements of risk associated with it. Practice and teach on-the-job safety and hazard awareness training skills 24/7 and you will greatly reduce your chances of becoming another statistic. Taking safety home is good for you personally, good for your family and friends, good for business, and good for the overall economy. What are your reasons for taking safety home?


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“Critical Eye” on Safety

7/7/2013 - Posted by rondafriesel

Just what does it mean to look at something with a “Critical Eye”? Is it to criticize or to find fault? No, that’s not the idea! By observing with a “Critical Eye” you will be making an objective and analytical evaluation of the situation rather than just being a casual observer. When you are considering how to perform a task safely, just being a casual observer takes away your opportunity to find and eliminate hazards and greatly increases your chances for injury. The most important result of observing with a “Critical Eye” is that it eliminates the impulse decisions and allows time for the mind to do the critical thinking that will lead to the best course of action. A simple way to make the best decisions regarding safety is to use the STOP method.

Stop: Step back and review the task. Are there any pinch points? Jagged edges? Hot surfaces? Are machine guards in place? Have all energy sources been locked out?

Think: How am I going to safely accomplish this task? What can possibly go wrong? Do I have all the right tools to do this job? Do I have the experience to do this job safely? Where will my hands be while doing this work and will I be able to see them at all times? Do I have the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

Observe: What are the “not so obvious” risks? Will my work create a safety hazard to others? Will their work create a safety hazard to me? Are there other process or environmental conditions that need to be considered and addressed before starting the work? Who else needs to be notified before starting this work?

Proceed: Begin your work only after completing a (Safe Plan of Action) SPA to eliminate all known and potential hazards and that controls are in place to complete the task safely.


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Summer Fire Safety

6/28/2013 - Posted by katesutphin

Fireworks: Every year there are more than 9,000 fireworks related injuries treated in emergency facilities. Even simple fireworks such as sparklers burn at around 1800° F and that causes many injuries especially to youngsters. Fireworks are dangerous and best left to the professionals who will put on a display that is far superior to anything individuals could hope to achieve. The best way, and safest way, to enjoy fireworks is to find a good vantage point for a public display and to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Grilling: Over 16,000 persons each year go to the emergency room for injuries involving grills. Grilling also contributes to 8,500 home and structural fires each year resulting in $75 million in property damage. Inspect the hose and gas connections on the grill before each use and provide periodic maintenance as required. Establish a safe zone around your grill and keep away from houses and wooden decks and have a fire extinguisher or water hose near by.

Campfires: Build campfires where they will not spread and keep the fire small and manageable. Fires should be 15’ away from combustible materials including tents and camping gear. Have water and shovel ready to douse the fire when finished. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. Smokey the Bear says ”Only you can prevent wildfires”.

First Aid for Burns:

  • Cool the burn with cool running water. Do this for 10 – 15 minutes or until the pain subsides as that will help to reduce the swelling and risk of scarring. Do not use ice or high pressure water.
  • Cover the burn loosely with a sterile gauze bandage to protect the skin and keep air from reaching the burn area.
  • Minor burns can be treated with a topical ointment or spray to reduce the pain. Over the counter pain relievers can be used for minor burns.
  • Call 911 or seek professional medical treatment for children and serious injuries where there is charred or blackened skin or blisters.