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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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.

 

Safety News You Can Use

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A baking company was fined $60,000 after a worker was injured while cleaning an overhead conveyor on a cookie production line.

A Ministry of Labour inspector found that the conveyor wasn’t stopped when the worker was cleaning the line. This violated a safety regulation.

To learn more, read here.

SAFE Work Manitoba Launches Young Worker Injury Prevention Strategy

SAFE Work Manitoba has launched a Young Worker Injury Prevention Strategy that will focus on the almost 5,000 injuries sustained by workers aged 15-24 each year.

The group of stakeholders involved in this initiative includes employers, educators, families and young workers. The program will be implemented over the next three years with the goal of creating safety awareness around keeping young workers safe on the job.

Read more about the strategy here.

 

Detective Work: Accident Investigation on the Job

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When there is an accident in your workplace, it’s crucial for an investigation to follow. Accident investigations can help determine hazards that need to be immediately addressed.

Supervisors should typically lead accident investigations. But the investigation team can consist of other individuals, such as employees, a safety officer, health and safety committee, an outside expert and a local government representative.

According to the CCOHS, the accident investigation process should consist of these steps:

  • Report the accident occurrence to a designated person within the organization.
  • Provide first aid and medical care to injured people and prevent further injuries or damage.
  • Investigate the accident.
  • Identify the causes.
  • Report the findings.
  • Develop a plan for corrective action.
  • Implement the plan.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the corrective action.
  • Make changes for continuous improvement.

Do you usually conduct accident investigations after accidents occur? If so, what information have you learned from past accident investigations that has surprised you? What lessons can you learn from these investigations?

Hands Down: Hand Safety Tips You Need to Know

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There are many workplace hazards that can lead to hand injuries in the workplace. From mechanical or chemical hazards to fractures and cuts, there are many hand hazards that workers need to protect themselves against.

Here are some basic tips from the Government of Canada Labour Program:

  • Hands must be protected against the hazards of the particular job.
  • Gloves should not be worm around machines with moving parts that could catch them and pull the hands into danger areas (such as machines with pulleys).
  • Protective sleeves should be long enough to leave no gap between the gloves and the sleeves.
  • Do not wear gloves with metal parts when working near electrical equipment.

The Labour Program also suggests implementing a hand protection program, which requires the following: team effort; safety training; observance of safety rules and proper work practices; first aid training; hazard recognition; safe tools and equipment; adequate hand protection; and a safe work place.

What do you do to ensure the hand safety of your workers? Do you require that your workers wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE)? Do you provide hand safety training? What more can you do to provide a safe work environment for your workers?

How to Make a Workplace Safe: Your Safety Inspection Checklist

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One way to identify hazards and ensure your workplace is safe is to conduct workplace safety inspections.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), health and safety committee members are the best enabled to conduct these safety inspections. Members of the inspection team should also have knowledge of regulations and procedures, knowledge of potential hazards and experience with the work procedures involved.

How often should you conduct a workplace safety inspection? The answer will vary from workplace to workplace. These are some factors that will determine how often you should conduct your safety inspection:

  • The frequency of planned formal inspections may be set in your legislation
  • Past accident/incident records
  • Number and size of different work operations
  • Type of equipment and work processes. Those that are hazardous or potentially hazardous may require more regular inspections.
  • Number of shifts. The activity of every shift may vary
  • New Processes or machinery

The hazards that are identified should be assigned a priority level for getting them remedied (such as Major requiring immediate action, Serious requiring short-term action and Minor requiring long-term action).

Regular safety inspections can only help make your workplace safer in the long run. Do you already conduct regular inspections or is this something you need to start?

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.

Report: Cost of Preventable Injuries Grows

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A report by national charity Parachute claims that financial costs of preventable injuries are rising at the same time human costs are catastrophic. Information from The Cost of Injury in Canada Report shows that the economy loses $27 billion every year.

Injury is the top killer of Canadians aged 1-44; 43 people die each day.

Parachute expects the amount of money lost to the Canadian economy and the number of Canadian deaths will continue to increase in the coming years, reaching $33 billion and 46 deaths per day this year, and $75 billion and 71 deaths per day by 2035.

This report was published in collaboration with The Conference Board of Canada and support from The Public Health Agency of Canada.

Parachute urges a focus on preventing injuries, noting that 90% of injuries are “predictable and preventable.”

Safe Lifting Rules: Preventing Back Injuries on the Job

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One of the most common injuries associated with manual materials handling (MMH) is a low back injury. While unnatural postures and repeated movements can cause these injuries, the implementation of safe work practices can reduce the occurrence and severity of such injuries.

When possible, mechanical aids should be used. In addition, reducing MMH demands can help. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers these suggestions:

  • Decrease the weight of handled objects to acceptable limits.
  • Reduce the weight by assigning two people to lift the load or by splitting the load into two or more containers. Using light plastic containers also decreases the weight of the load.
  • Change the type of MMH movement. Lowering objects causes less strain than lifting. Pulling objects is easier than carrying. Pushing is less demanding than pulling.
  • Change work area layouts. Reducing the horizontal and vertical distances of lifting substantially lowers MMH demands. Reducing the travel distances for carrying, pushing or pulling also decreases work demands.
  • Assign more time for repetitive handling tasks. This reduces the frequency of handling and allows for more work/rest periods.
  • Alternate heavy tasks with lighter ones to reduce the build-up of fatigue.

Do you have any other suggestions for how to keep workers injury free? What are some additional strategies that have helped your workers?

Ergonomics: When Work Really Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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Frequent and repetitive motions on the job can sometimes lead to serious injuries to workers’ bodies. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are disorders affecting muscles, tendons and nerves.

Work that is done by the arms and hands can impact the health of the hands, wrists, elbows, neck and shoulders. Work done with the legs can affect the legs, hips, ankles and feet. Back problems can also exist.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) identifies these risk factors for WMSDs:

  • Fixed or constrained body positions
  • Continual repetition of movements
  • Force concentrated on small parts of the body, such as the hand or wrist
  • A pace of work that does not allow sufficient recovery between movements

There are many symptoms of WMSDs, such as joint stiffness, muscle tightness, redness and swelling of the affected area; pain is the most common symptom. Different symptoms can be associated with different disorders. For example, the symptoms of tendonitis include pain, weakness, swelling, burning sensation or dull ache over affected area. DeQuervain’s disease causes pain at the base of the thumb.

CCOHS highlights four main treatments for WMSDs.

One is just avoiding the motions that are responsible for the injury. The next is the application of heat or cold to relieve the pain and speed healing. Cold can reduce pain and swelling, while heat can ease muscle pain.

Exercise is also helpful, as it promotes circulation and reduces muscle tension. Anti-inflammatory drugs can also be effective in reducing pain and inflammation.

Educate your workers on WMSDs so they can recognize the symptoms and receive treatment as soon as possible.

Safety News You Can Use

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Ontario has created an advisory group that will help the government develop and implement a Construction Health and Safety Action Plan.  The plan is expected to improve workplace injury and illness prevention among construction workers.

The group will work to accomplish the following: increase the commitment to health and safety in construction workplaces; enhance training for workers in the construction sector; work with other enforcement authorities and municipalities to improve safety; build an awareness about construction health and safety among young people; encourage effective supervision of construction workers; ensure legislation and regulations are better understood by the construction sector; and ensure effective consumer outreach strategies.

To learn more, click here.

 Supermarket Guilty in Worker’s Forklift Death

A supermarket pleaded guilty and was fined $140,000 after a worker was crushed to death by a forklift truck.

The worker, who had been hired the day before, was tasked with using a walk-behind lift truck (a “stacker”) and was not trained to use that equipment. While moving products from the basement to the main floor, the worker was crushed when the stacker tipped over and fell backwards.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the stacker was operated by a competent worker.

Learn more here.

Inspection Blitzes to Continue This Summer

Inspection blitzes are underway and will continue through July 31, 2015 in Ontario. Ministry of Labour employment standards officials will be looking for violations in areas such as minimum wage, overtime pay and meal breaks.

They will visit businesses that employ new, young and vulnerable workers who are working in seasonal, part-time or temporary positions, as well as temporary foreign workers.

Click here for more.