On the Job Tool Box Safety Talks for Construction

The topics are provided by:
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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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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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.

Giving Effective Toolbox Talks. What makes a toolbox talk effective?

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.

Ladder Safety in Construction - Ladders are indispensable additions to jobsites. While they are uncomplicated and simple to use, you shouldn’t take ladder safety for granted. Ladder problems are easy for OSHA inspectors to spot and therefore companies receive numerous citations every year.

Falls: General Protection and Awareness - Falls are the leading cause of injuries at work sites. Falls can occur from ladders, scaffolding, vehicles, heavy equipment, aerial lifts, openings, platforms, and roofs.

Heat Stress - The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat during the summer months. So, take
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