Foot Protection

Foot Protection Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator OSHA requires foot protection when work conditions pose a foot or ankle injury hazard. All employers should consider the hazards associated with the work being done as part of a hazard assessment such as: work task, environment, weather, electrical/chemical, and conditions on the site. It’s vital to choose…

Fall Injuries

Fall Injuries Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator According to the latest information form Bureau of Labor Statistic’s fall injuries are the number one cause of accidents on job sites. Did you know that just about 2-out-of-3injuries occur below 20 feet?  Accidents such as the following are just a few examples of preventable falls: A worker was…

Water

Water Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator Who is responsible for drinking water or potable water on the job site? An employer is responsible to have a job site free from recognized hazards. Is dehydration a hazard? It is yes. 1926.51 a1: Adequate supply of potable water shall be provided in all places of employment 1926,51…

Struck-by-injuries

Struck-by-injuries Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator It’s “National Stand-Down Struck-by Month.” “Struck-by-injuries” on construction sites are the number one leading cause of injuries and the second leading cause of death and injury among workers. Falling objects, moving vehicles, equipment, all pose risk. According to reports, however, 51% of the accidents are from falling objects or equipment (CDC). Training…

Ladders

Ladders Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator Ladders, we use then all the time! Short ones, long ones, self-supporting types. We use them for picking fruit, getting on roofs and many more household chores. But are you using the right ladder for the job? It would seem not. OSHA estimates that there are over 25,000 injuries…

Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator Clean fresh air!  Sometimes, we can take it for granted; however, on a job site the air in some cases is less then clean. Did you know that respiratory protection was the seconded most cited violation in 2021? Well, it was and not just because of the pandemic.…

Hazardous Materials & Chemicals

Hazardous Materials & Chemicals Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator Did you know that both your employees and all your sub-contractors are required to have a list of all chemicals and be trained on hazardous materials…? Section 1910.1200 or Construction 1926.59 (5th most cited infarction by OSHA) A list of hazardous substances used on the work…

Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator Please keep in mind ladders can be dangerous and, in some cases, can cause severe injuries, or sometimes death. It’s estimated that 29,000 injuries (fatalities are included in that number) occur every year. Here we are sharing some things to consider before climbing the rungs of any ladder:…

Extension Cords

Extension Cords Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator Did you know that extension cords are one of the top leading citations issued by OSHA? The following guidelines should be enforced on all job sites for extension cords in three wire types: “1926.405” “a” “ii” and “J.” 1926.405 A 2 II JCords should be heavy duty or…

October Safety Tip

Frostbite & Hypothermia October Safety Tip – Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator The change of our clocks on November 7, remind us that our New England winters are close behind. With that, our safety tip is focusing on getting ready for the signals of “cold stress.” Two primary related cold illnesses FROSTBITE and HYPOTHERMIA, and…