On the Job Tool Box Safety Talks for Construction

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Construction Safety Council
Assurance Agency
Residential Construction Employers Council
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training
Finishing Contractors Association International

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Back Injury Prevention - Who has not heard the basics of back injury prevention? At the same time, who has applied these principles to every day work? Many people understand the basics of safe lifting, but fail to perform these basic practices on a regular and consistent basis.

Characteristics of Hazardous Waste - A waste is any solid, liquid, or contained gaseous material that you no longer use. Such wastes are hazardous if they have the potential to cause injury or pollute land, air, or water.

Construction Equipment Dangers - Construction Equipment used on construction jobs often creates dangerous conditions. This week's Tail Gate Safety Topic examines a few situations which should be watched for at all times.

Emergency Response - Be prepared! An emergency is no time to hesitate or panic!

Lift Safety - Sprains and strains to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the back are common injuries that are often avoidable.

Housekeeping on the Job - You have a pretty good idea how safe a job is just by looking at it before you start to work. Even a "Sidewalk Superintendent" knows this. A job that looks clean, with everything in its place, is a safe job.

Windy Days - Sudden gusts of wind can cause unexpected accidents.

Electric Power - A mistake around electricity could easily be your last.

Ergonomics - The way you organize the elements of your workplace to fit your individual needs is probably the most important consideration in working comfortably. You can save time and effort throughout the work day by taking a few minutes to think about the best position for your equipment and the most effective use of your space.

Electrical Equipment - This information is being provided to highlight the requirements for the use of extension cords, electrical tools, temporary power and temporary lighting.
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Winter Weather Safety - On the job Tool Box Safety Talks - During winter weather conditions, extra caution is needed. Most people are aware of this situation, but there is always a higher level of automobile accidents during the first few snows of the year.

Hand and Portable Powered Tool Safety
- It's easy to pick up and use a tool without stopping to think about its hazards. It is difficult to remember that tools pose hazards, and sometimes accidents occur before steps can be taken to avoid or eliminate those hazards.

EBOLA - Employer Liability Issues - By now, the worldwide health authorities and media have publicized the Ebola hemorrhagic virus (EHV) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) (the "virus" or "disease") that has been reported throughout western Africa. Although the United States has only experienced several cases of the virus, it is only a matter of time before the disease surfaces in more cases throughout the country. Given high density areas of human contact such as mass transportation systems, schools, hospitals and the workplace, the potential is great for this widely circulating virus to spread from human-to-human in a short period of time.

Commercial Fall Protection Rules - a summary related to wood frame structures.

OSHA'a Revised Recordkeeping Rule - As many employers know all too well, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") requires them to record work-related injuries and illnesses and to maintain the OSHA 300 Log for five years. 10-2-2014

Eye Injury Prevention - one thousand eye injuries occur in American workplaces every day. These injuries are responsible for over $3,000,000.00 annually in medical, lost production and workers' compensation costs!!

GFCIs - Protection from electrical hazards is one way to prevent accidents caused by electric current.

Incident Reporting - The health and safety of our employees is a top priority. It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent injuries and report all incidents immediately so that the same thing does not happen again.