Eye Safety

Eye Protection & Safety

Don’t ever take your eyes for granted. The gift of sight, even if you’re color blind or need glasses, remains one of the most powerful ways to interpret information as it is presented to you. Remember if your employer or your friend’s employer refuses to conform to proper workplace standards, all workers have certain rights, including reporting a health and safety issue or filing an injury claim, that you should not be afraid to exercise in case you’re putting your eyes, life, or limbs in danger. So throw on your favorite safety glasses and read up on tips and tricks to avoid any potentially hazardous situation involving eyes. Obviously some jobs and activities put workers more at risk for these type of incidents than others. Those who work with chemicals, such as medical employees, laboratory workforce, and even custodial staff need to take certain precautions. Whenever applying a chemical treatment, wear…

Ladders

General Ladder Safety – Part 3 – Straight Ladders

This last installment in a series on ladder safety will focus on straight ladders, and, since they are normally very similar in function, job-built wooden ladders.  While both step ladders and extension ladders are all mobile, job-built wooden ladders might be constructed so that they are fixed in location and cannot be moved.  With straight ladders, moving them from position to position, or to different job locations requires consideration of safely positioning them, awareness of other people or obstacles while moving them, and making sure they are secure while transporting them to a work location.  Legal considerations can also be important—in most cases objects (ladders in this case) positioned on a vehicle that extend more than 1 foot beyond the vehicle are required to have flags attached to make them clearly visible to other drivers. We will cover the use of these ladders after a short bit about the construction…

Ladders

General Ladder Safety – Part 2 – Extension Ladders

In part 2 of this series on ladder safety we look at extension ladders.  These ladders are used where a vertical surface or support is available to lean the ladder against, and often used to access roofs or other platforms above the ground.  As these ladders often can be made longer than step ladders, they have a related increase in severity of injury when accidents do happen. Because extension ladders are designed to be leaned against something when used, there are some particular safety details that are shared with straight ladders, especially when it comes to placement.  Like all ladders, placement should always be on a stable, fixed, hard surface.  Never boost an extension ladder by placing it on mobile objects such as chairs, barrels, tables, other ladders, or people.  Keep the area around the base of the ladder clear of clutter, including tools, equipment, construction supplies, paint cans, etc. …