Stay Safe in the Work Zone This Summer

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If your workers are out in a work zone this summer, chances are you have already prepared them for the task. They should know what they need to stay safe on the job.

But it’s always helpful to remind workers about safety protocol to ensure they follow proper procedures when they’re in a work zone.

Here are some reminders to share with your workers:

  • Work facing traffic, when possible.
  • Try not to inadvertently move closer to traffic while working.
  • Keep an eye on changing traffic conditions.
  • Know where work vehicles and mobile equipment are at all times.
  • Address safety concerns with your supervisor.

 

When you need to provide workers with the supplies they need to stay safe on the job, count on Seton. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit http://www.seton.ca and we can help you select the safety products you need.

 

 

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.

Fall Prevention Awareness: Teach Your Workers About Fall Protection

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Since falls can be a cause of serious injury (and even death) in the workplace—especially on the construction job site—it’s important to continuously educate workers about fall hazards and how to prevent them.

While every job site is different, employers must take the time to train workers on how to work safely among their unique fall hazards. Part of that training must include the various types of fall protection.

The Infrastructure Health & Safety Association offers these guidelines on how to choose the most appropriate fall protection for every job, and highlights the following options:

Guardrails: Eliminate fall hazards by eliminated open edges.  All workers in the area are protected.

Opening Covers: Floor-opening covers must fully cover openings and be fastened securely. Label opening covers clearly so workers are aware of them.

Fall-Arrest and Travel-Restraint Systems: Fall-arrest systems prevent workers from hitting the ground when they fall. Travel-restraint systems prevent workers from falling at all.

What types of fall protection do you provide your workers? When was the last time you provided fall protection training? If you don’t already have one, should you put a fall protection training and education program in place?

Safety News You Can Use

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A company was fined $225,000 for violating three sections of the Constructions Projects Regulation, which led to the death of one worker and injuries to two other workers.

The workers were installing new hydro poles and wires under existing lines. While excavating a hole, the boom of a work vehicle came within three metres of a power line located above the hole. The workers all suffered electrical shocks.

The three violations were: failure to ensure the boom of a vehicle was not brought within three metres of an energized overhead conductor of 750 or more volts; failure to ensure a competent worker designated as a signaler was stationed so as to be in full view of an operator and had a clear view of the electrical conductor and of the vehicle, to warn the operator every time any part of the vehicle or other equipment may approach the minimum distance; and failure to take every reasonable precaution to prevent hazards to workers from energized electrical equipment, installation and conductors.

Learn more here.

Company Fined After Worker Injured on the Job

A company that produces concrete panels was fined $65,000 after a worker was critically injured by panels that had tipped over.

Two 20-foot long panels that weighed a total of 3,750 pounds were being moved to a storage area when the incident occurred. Once a crane lowered the panels onto horizontal pillars, one worker removed the nylon swing that attached the panels to the crane. That caused the panels to tip over and fall on the other workers.

To learn more about the incident and fine, click here.

 

Spring Safety: Protect Workers in the Work Zone

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As we begin spring and workers are on the job in outdoor work zones once again, it’s a good time for a refresher on how to stay safe in a work zone.

ConeZoneBC.com offers a safety checklist workers should review before they begin any projects in an outdoor work zone.

If workers can’t answer “yes” to any question, they need to address their concerns with their employer.

  • Do you understand your organization’s procedures for working safely at the roadside?
  • Are you aware of the hazards associated with your work site?
  • Have you had a safety briefing to review work site hazards?
  • Do you understand the work zone set-up (traffic cones, signs)?
  • Are you familiar with the movements of mobile equipment and work vehicles at your work site?
  • Do you understand your organization’s procedures for working safely around mobile equipment and work vehicles?
  • Are you wearing your high-visibility garment? Is it clean and usable—not torn or faded?
  • Do you require other personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your job activity? If so, are you wearing it?
  • Do you know your escape route in case a vehicle crosses into the work zone?
  • Do you know what to do in case of an emergency incident at your work site?
  • Have you discussed any and all safety concerns with your supervisor?

If you don’t know where your work site will be in advance:

  • Do you have the appropriate traffic warning signs and traffic control devices, such as cones, in your vehicle?
  • Do you understand how to correctly place traffic warning signs and devices?
  • Do you know how to identify and address site-specific hazards once you arrive at your work site?

Prepare your workers for a safe spring and summer. Provide them with this checklist and encourage them to inform you about any concerns they may have.

Safety News You Can Use

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A paper mill was fined $150,000 after a worker was burned in a dust explosion.

Dry wood dust that traveled on a conveyor was somehow ignited, causing the dust explosion. A fireball traveled through the conveyor and out into the area where the worker was standing. The worker suffered burns.

For more details about the incident, click here.

Paving Company Fined After Worker Injured

A paving company was fined $80,000 after a worker performing traffic control duties was injured on the job.

The worker was wearing high-visibility clothing and holding a Slow/Stop sign mounted on a pole. While directing a driver headed eastbound to stop at an intersection and signaling drivers headed southbound to proceed, the eastbound driver instead entered the intersection and struck the worker.

The company was charged for not complying with a regulation requiring that a worker not direct vehicular traffic for more than one lane in the same direction.

Learn more here.

Company Fined After Worker Injured on Construction Site

A company was fined $50,000 after a worker was pinned by falling posts and injured on a construction site.

Workers for the engineering services company were dismantling and replacing a steel storage system. The injured worker was welding as others were working on the demolition.

Posts fell on the welding worker, who was pinned by the posts. The worker suffered leg injuries in the incident.

The company failed to ensure that a sleeper beam was securely anchored before upright posts were installed.

Read more about the violation here.

Avoid Serious Illness: Protecting Your Workers from Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestos, which was once used for insulating buildings and for fireproofing, can be hazardous to workers’ health. It can cause cancer and other diseases.

Workers can be exposed to asbestos when buildings are being renovated or demolished. Asbestos fibres can be released in the air in many ways, such as when insulation containing asbestos is disturbed or removed, and when they are sanding or disturbing plaster that contains asbestos.

Workers in maintenance and construction should learn if asbestos is present on their work site and consult with a qualified asbestos removal specialist.

It’s important, when working with materials that could contain asbestos, that workers avoid creating dust from scraping, brushing, rubbing and cutting.

Asbestos removal specialists should be brought in to remove any asbestos that is identified during renovation projects. Workers should not disturb asbestos themselves.

Have you ever worked in a job site where asbestos was present? How did you ensure workers weren’t exposed to the asbestos? Have you trained your workers to know what to do if they uncover asbestos at a job site?

Compliance Update: Understanding New Guidelines Regarding Rope Access

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A new Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and guidelines for rope access were released earlier this year. Part 34—Rope Access of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) applies to industrial rope access (such as construction, building maintenance and bridge inspection).

A safety bulletin from WorkSafeBC defines rope access as “a specialized technique for work positioning and rescue where a worker is intentionally and directly suspended on ropes at height, often as a versatile, economically efficient alternative to scaffolding or swing stages.”

The new guidelines focus on training, safe work practices and equipment.  For instance, they address how rope access training relates to other disciplines of work. They also explain how safe work practices related to various types of rope access work. Also included are requirements around rescuing workers after a rope access incident, as well as requirements related to the inspection and testing of permanent anchors used in a rope access system.

Safety News You Can Use

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WorkSafeNB and CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety) have launched an online guide to New Brunswick’s occupational health and safety legislation.

The guide will include 30 topics and will feature links to a variety of resources, such as interpretations, summaries, legislation, hazard alerts and safety talks. Topics include fall protection, guardrails and confined spaces.

For more information, click here.

Construction Company Fined After Young Worker Death

A construction company was fined $120,000 after a young worker was killed after a fall on a construction site.

The worker initially received head and leg injuries, but later died. It was found that the worker did not receive fall protection training and was not using any type of fall protection when the accident happened.

Another company was also fined in the incident, receiving a fine of $90,000 earlier this year for failing to ensure a fall restricting system was used where a guardrail system was not reasonably possible.

Click here to read more.

Accident Takes Life of Construction Worker

A construction worker was killed after he was trapped under clay and dirt following the collapse of a sewer trench.

Prior to the accident, the worker was digging a trench with a backhoe operator. He was buried for many hours before emergency workers were able to free him.

The accident is under investigation by Alberta’s occupational health and safety authorities.

Click here for more details.

Safety News You Can Use

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  • A recent amendment to Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act has modified the requirements to mark and sign construction zones. Additionally, it created an offence for speeding in a designated construction zone, penalties for which are double the fines for speeding elsewhere.
  • Alberta launched a new campaign, Work Right, encouraging workers and employers to question what they know about occupational health and safety. The campaign comes in response to a common lack of understanding, and aims to create a culture of compliance, fairness and safety in the workplace. The initiative overlaps with an inspection campaign focusing on residential construction, launched after a man was badly injured in a construction shaft accident last month. It will run from mid-June through the end of summer construction season.
  • Seton’s Job Safety Videos won a Canadian Public Relations Society Award for Digital Campaign of the Year – watch, laugh, and learn!
  • The Ministry of Labour continues its series of Blitzes & Initiatives. Take a look at the full schedule and do your part to help raise awareness, increase compliance with the OHSA and ESA, and protect workers.
  • Canada Day 2014 is right around the corner. Make it a happy and safe one with Seton!