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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Ontario is conducting safety blitzes that are scheduled to run through July 15, 2016. These blitzes will focus on fall hazards. Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit construction, industrial and mining sites, specifically low-rise and high-rise new build and renovation projects, as well as retail, restaurants and other businesses. Mines and mining plants will also be inspected.

Inspectors will look at a variety of things on the job site, and will make sure employers have proper safeguards in place to protect workers from fall hazards.

Learn more here.

Retailer Fined for Tripping Hazard

A retailer was fined $60,000 after a tripping hazard injured a worker. The worker was off-loading a pallet of paper when the incident occurred.

The worker, walking backward, tripped on an empty pallet and fell. The worker mentioned injuries to a hand and the head, and died in a hospital two weeks later.

To read more, click here.

Worker Injures Hand; Employer Fined

A paper mill operator was fined $55,000 after a worker’s hand was injured on the job.

The worker was operating a winder of a paper machine as one of the worker’s hands was placed on the top of a gate bracket. When a transfer table was automatically raised, the worker’s finger, which was between the locking pin bracket of the gate and the transfer table bracket, was injured.

It was found that there was no guard preventing access to the pinch point.

Read more here.

 

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.

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?

Study: Federal Funding Cuts Putting Workers in Jeopardy

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According to a study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the federal underfunding and understaffing of safety inspectors is putting workers at risk.

The study noted that 151 inspectors oversaw health and safety in federally regulated employers across the country in 2005. Figures provided by the Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada show 90 inspectors currently in place. But the study also details that figures obtained by the Public Service Alliance of Canada show no more than 67 inspectors.

The study explores amendments to the Canada Labour Code that have reduced the power of health and safety inspectors.

According to the study, overall provincial disabling injury rates dropped by 45% from 2002 to 2012. At the same time, the federal rates were just 12%. There were nearly 21,000 disabling injuries in the federally regulated sector in 2012. And 684 employees died as a result of workplace injury between 2002 and 2013.

The study focused on industries such as banking, communications, broadcasting, postal services, road, air, rail and water transport, and the federal government.

Avoid Falls: Basic Facts About Fall Protective Equipment

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If your workers could fall three meters or more while doing their job, they need fall protection. If fall protection is required at your job site, it’s important that you create a fall protection program. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) suggests a program include training workers, as well as selecting, fitting and inspecting fall safety equipment.

Here are some basics about the general care of fall protective equipment:

  • Inspect your equipment before each use.
  • Replace defective equipment.
  • Replace any equipment, including ropes, involved in a fall.
  • Inspect and certify (at least yearly) every piece of fall arrest equipment. Keep written records of inspections and approvals.
  • Use energy absorbers if the arresting forces of the lanyard alone can cause injury.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions (this includes instructions and limitations on use, as well as instructions for fitting and adjusting).
  • Use the right equipment for the job. Refer to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standards Z259 (regarding body belts, full body harnesses, and other fall prevention PPE).

If your workers require fall protection to do their jobs, do you know if they are using the right equipment? When was the last time you inspected your fall protection equipment?

Injury Prevention: A Proactive Model

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The key to preventing injuries in the workplace is having a proactive approach. Eliminating and reducing hazards is crucial in keeping injuries from occurring in the first place.

Manitoba’s Five-Year Plan for Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention was recently released, and it can serve as a model for injury prevention in any province.

The plan consists of 10 action areas:

  1. Dedicated Prevention Services:  Making services easier to access and making them more responsive to individual industry and workplace needs.
  2. Nation-Leading Safety and Health Laws: Includes immediate fines for activities that present imminent risk to life or health.
  3. New Tools to Strengthen Accountability, Transparency and Reporting: Manitoba’s chief prevention officer (CPO) will improve the monitoring, reporting, coordination and system-wide accountability of prevention services.
  4. A Renewed Role for Business as a Safety Partner: Manitoba will continue to support safety associations and encourage the development of more industry-based safety associations.
  5. Focus on Manitoba’s Most Vulnerable Workers: Provide support for the young and new workers in the workforce.
  6. New Training Programs; Consistent Training Standards: Manitoba will work to ensure safety and health training meets or exceeds current standards.
  7. Stronger Incentives for Real Prevention: Employers will be recognized and rewarded for positive injury prevention practices and programs.
  8. Improved Supports for Small Business: Ensuring small businesses receive the support and resources they need.
  9. Addressing Workplace Mental Health: Involves developing a toolkit of resources to promote mental health in the workplace.
  10. Measuring Success: Put measures in place to more effectively monitor and track workplace injury and prevention.

Click here to read more about Manitoba’s plan.

Spring-Time Safety: Flood Preparedness

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For most of us, spring-time means a lot of water around our facilities. Whether it’s from massive snow piles that have melted or just rain from those pesky April showers, it’s no surprise when extra water makes its way into and around your building.

To help lessen the damage to your facility, it helps to be prepared before any flooding occurs. Certain steps should be taken during and after flooding to reduce the impact of any flood-related issues.

The Government of Canada has many suggestions on how to prepare for floods and how to recover from them.

Here are just some of those tips:

Before a flood,

  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from a building to ensure water moves away from the structure.
  • Install a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in the basement floor drains.
  • Don’t store important documents in the basement.

During a flood,

  • Evacuate when advised by local emergency authorities.
  • Take an emergency kit with you.
  • Never cross a flooded area.

After a flood,

  • Ensure your building’s safety: make sure it is structurally safe. Look for buckled walls or floors. Examine the structure for holes in floor, broken glass and other dangerous debris.
  • Discard items that have been damaged by flood waters.
  • When cleaning up, gather the necessary supplies, such as gloves, masks and other protective gear, as well as pails and garbage bags.

For even more tips, click here.

Safety News You Can Use

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A construction company was fined $90,000 after a young worker was killed after falling from a roof. The worker was helping to deliver concrete blocks to the roof when he fell.

The worker had received fall protection training, but was not wearing any fall protection gear when the accident happened.

The company admitted guilt to not ensuring that a fall restricting system was used where a guardrail system could not be utilized.

Learn more about the incident here.

Mining Company and Supervisor Fined for Putting Workers at Risk

A mining company and a supervisor were fined $88,000 for safety violations in a mine.

Workers backfilling part of the mine were working with sandfill, a substance consisting of sand, cement and water. The cement was known to cause chemical burns when in contact with skin.

A worker removing sections of pipe to help continue backfilling the area became stuck when sandfill poured around the worker. Seven workers freed the stuck worker, but all had burns on their legs and one needed skin grafts.

The company failed to ensure machinery was locked out and tagged before work was done on the pipes. It also failed to educate workers on the safe procedures for backfilling.

Read more about the fine here.

Recycling Company Fined in Worker Death

A recycling company was fined $225,000 after a worker was killed picking up recycling. The worker lost control of the truck he was driving. He was ejected and died from his injuries.

An investigation revealed that an occupant safety restraint device was not being used at the time of the accidents. Also, the truck’s right-side door safety restraint device was not working. In addition, the right side cab door (where the worker was operating the vehicle) was not closed and latched.

Click here to learn more.

Working Outside Again: Stay Safe in the Work Zone

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As the winter weather starts to become a memory, more and more work zones will appear as the warmer weather arrives to Canada.

It’s your responsibility to ensure the safety of your workers on the job site.  Effective traffic control—using signs, flashing arrow boards, barricades, cones, traffic lights, traffic control persons (TCPs), and other methods—is one way in which to manage traffic flow.

According to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation, employers must provide effective traffic control when traffic could put workers at risk.

When traffic control is required, employers must follow these rules related to the placement of traffic control signs and devices:

  • Traffic control signs and devices must be positioned and used as specified in the Traffic Control Manual and signs and devices must be located to allow traffic to move by or through the work area in a controlled manner and, if necessary, to come to a controlled stop with due regard for the prevailing weather and road conditions.
  • Unless otherwise specified, all traffic control signs and devices must be installed and removed in a sequence which best protects workers during this phase of a traffic control operation.
  • A sign advising of a traffic control person ahead must be placed in advance of each traffic control person’s station, and this sign must be removed promptly when a traffic control person is no longer on duty at that station. *

* The previous rule does not apply during emergency or brief duration work when it is not practicable to place such a sign, provided that sight lines and traffic speed allow oncoming traffic adequate warning of the work activity taking place.