Archives for May 2016

Get Ready: Be Prepared for Spring and Summer Weather Hazards

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We all look forward to the spring and summer months and the nice weather this time of year brings.

But, in addition to the warmer temperatures and sunshine, many of us have to also expect some unsettled—and sometimes dangerous—weather.

Among the spring and summer weather hazards are thunderstorms, tornados and flooding.

Here are some tips for how to stay safe during these weather events:

Lightning Safety

  • Find shelter when you hear thunder. If you hear it, you’re at risk for a lightning strike.
  • Once indoor shelter is found, avoid objects that conduct electricity, such as electrical appliances and equipment, doors and windows.
  • If you are stranded outside, avoid standing near tall objects or anything made of metal. And avoid open water.

Tornado Safety

  • Find shelter at the first sign of a tornado. The best shelter is in the lower level of a sturdy building.
  • If you are stranded outdoors, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other low lying area and shield your head with your arms.
  • Close all building doors and windows.

Hail Safety

  • Find shelter in a solid building and avoid windows, glass doors or skylights.
  • Watch for flooding since hail and clog storm drains and cause local flooding.

Do you and your workers know what to do when severe weather strikes during the spring and summer months? If not, now is the time to develop a plan of action.

Looking for a place to start? Think about safety signage that will keep your workers safe in the event of an emergency, whether that emergency is weather-related or not. Seton offers a full selection of evacuation signs that can effectively direct your workers to safety.

If you need help building your emergency kit, look to Seton for complete first aid kits and supplies for your facility. Do all of your preparation now, before severe weather arrives.

A Safety Checklist: Keep Your Workers Safe

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Do you need a little help ensuring that your workers stay safe on the job?

The Ministry of Labour has released a checklist designed to help employers ensure they follow Ontario’s health and safety requirements. The checklist also contains questions that employers can use to determine their success in complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The checklist is comprised of four areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities: Help employers and workers understand their responsibilities in the workplace.
  • Reporting and records management: Help employers understand reporting requirements when there is a workplace incident, such as an injury.
  • Hazards in the workplace: Ensure procedures are in place to control hazards.
  • Training: Ensure all workers complete mandatory health and safety awareness training, including specific training on hazards found in the workplace.

How do you currently keep track of the required health and safety requirements? Do you think having a checklist will keep you more organized? What items will your checklist contain?

If you want to start with training, Seton has what you need to provide your workers with the knowledge and processes they need to keep their workplaces safe and secure.

Need help getting started? Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit www.seton.ca and we can help answer any safety product questions you may have.

Safety News You Can Use

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More than 2,200 safety orders were issued and work was stopped more than 200 times during an Ontario enforcement blitz in late 2015.

The purpose of the blitz was to increase safety compliance when heavy equipment was used on construction sites.

Ontario inspectors issued 2,277 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. Included in the violations were 268 orders to stop work due to either heavy equipment, fall protection or excavation violations.

Learn more here.

Steel Company Fined After Worker Injured

A steel company was fined $100,000 after a worker had an amputation as the result of an injury.

A truck driver was standing on the back of a truck, attempting to help load a steel slab onto the truck. When the slab was over the truck’s flatbed, the electromagnet on the crane carrying the slab released the slab unexpectedly.

The slab then fell onto the flatbed, which caused the driver to fall off the truck and onto a concrete floor.  In addition to fractures, the driver suffered an infection, which led to the amputation.

Read more here.