Construction

Diesel Exhaust Dangers

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Diesel Exhaust Dangers

Equipment that runs on diesel is quite common in a number of industries. This includes construction sites, mining, farming, maritime and several other such sectors. Workers in these areas are exposed to a great deal of carcinogen exhausts from such machinery. This is typically in the case where machines are not properly handled and maintained. Emissions from such equipment are made of “Diesel Particulate Matter”. ,This is a substance that “is made of soot and is comprised majorly of metallic particles, ash, carbon, silicates and sulfates” according to OSHA. The International Agency for...

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The Hazards of Scaffolding

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on The Hazards of Scaffolding

Structure scaffolding for work projects could provide many serious threats to employees. Inning accordance with OSHA, injuries connected to scaffolds include falls, tip-overs, being struck by falling tools, and entering contact with energized high-voltage line. To ideal stay secure while building as well as using scaffolding, OSHA recommends a selection of tips: Always utilize footings that are level, rigid as well as able to sustain lots without settling or moving. Securely plumb and also support tools in order to help protect against persuading and dislodgment. Plumb and also degree the...

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Dealing With Lead Exposure in Construction

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Dealing With Lead Exposure in Construction

Due to its low cost and stability, lead was commonly used in construction and plumbing until the late 19th century. As a result, this heavy metal is still found in buildings and construction sites, especially in demolition, salvage, renovation, and even cleaning. The dangers of lead exposure and poisoning are well known and it’s important to protect workers from lead exposure in construction. There are numerous exposure methods for workers. * Inhalation of lead fumes or dust is common. * Lead may even be ingested if it’s present on a worker’s hands. * The exposure may not even stay in the...

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Skylights are Hazards Worth Protecting Against

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Skylights are Hazards Worth Protecting Against

Did you know that OSHA requires roofers and other construction workers to secure and protect skylights and open roofs? In spite of this construction sites continue to be plagued by fatal drops. Often workers falsely believe that plastic dome covers offer adequate protection. But these are often not strong enough to carry weight and prevent falling through. NIOSH (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) offers the following advice for construction situation: Have adequate training in place to ensure workers understand the threats of resting on skylights. Be sure they are...

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It’s Only Concrete…

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on It’s Only Concrete…

As a contractor, concrete is one of those materials that is worked with pretty often. It’s easy to forget that you have to be careful when handling it. After all, cement is considered one of the safest building materials. It’s found in playgrounds, sidewalks, workplaces, and homes… But proper precautions have to be observed when working with concrete, otherwise it can be quite dangerous. Concrete Basics Portland cement is the most common active ingredient in concrete. Mixed with water, sand, and rock it solidifies into a rock-hard material. Thing is, because it is so abrasive, it is really...

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Working Safely With Heavy Equipment

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Working Safely With Heavy Equipment

Have heavy equipment on a job site? Make it a safe to operate… Running heavy machinery on a construction site can lead to significant hazards. There are important techniques to bear in mind to keep a job site safe: Make sure that repairs to equipment are not started until the equipment is fully powered down. If refueling, you must be sure that engines are turned off. All vehicles should be checked at the beginning of each shift to verify its operability. If mobile heavy equipment is used on a public road, proper traffic management must be used. If traffic control methods such as barriers are...

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