March is National Ladder Safety Month and an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about how to safely work around a common tool, found in almost every home and at many job sites. Often, ladder safety training can be inadequate because it is assumed that ladders are simple to use, compared to the more complex equipment such as cranes, forklifts and other power and handheld tools employees must use at construction sites. However, it is not only construction workers who use ladders on the job. Firefighters, building inspectors, electricians, painters, maintenance workers, power line installers and certain mechanics may be required to use a ladder for their daily tasks. Each year, too many people are injured or die as a result of unsafe work on or around ladders. Injuries caused by improper ladder use, falls from ladders and electrocution due to not using the correct type of ladder are preventable. Workers need to be educated and properly trained on the dangers that can arise when working on or around ladders for your job site to remain injury free.
Why Your Company Should Get AISC Certified Today!
AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) Certification Programs define the standards for the steel industry. Their programs focus on the total process of steel fabrication and erection and are the most widely recognized in the industry. By submitting to this rigorous evaluation, your company will enhance every aspect of your organization. The entire process will evaluate the staff, knowledge, equipment, quality, safety, operations, procedures and commitment of your company and will ensure that your business has conformed to the standards of excellence established by the AISC.
In our fast paced world, work doesn’t stop just because the weather turns cold. Many workers are required to work outdoors despite the freezing temperatures. Construction workers, emergency, rescue, landscape, agricultural, utility and other employees who work outdoors are at risk of injury during winter months.
It is an unfortunate fact that slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of unintentional injuries and deaths in every industry. Wet surfaces, spills, snow, ice, rain, loose mats and a number of other hazards often found on jobsites can contribute to these accidents.
What is the NCCCO?
The NCCCO or the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators was formed in 1995 with the mission to develop effective performance standards for those who work in and around load handling equipment. Their certification programs are designed to ensure employees working with load handling equipment are skilled and knowledgeable.
This year marks the 50th year of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Signed into law in 1970 and enacted on April 28, 1971, the OSH Act requires that employers follow all relevant OSHA safety and health standards and correct all safety and health hazards. Today, OSHA has jurisdiction over approximately 7 million worksites and has significantly reduced workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses through their enforcement program over the past five decades. OSHA compliance officers are safety professionals or industrial hygienists who conduct inspections based on imminent danger situations, worker fatalities or hospitalizations, severe injuries or illnesses, worker complaints, referrals, targeted inspections aimed at specific high hazard industries or follow-up inspections. Each OSHA inspection can be broken down into three main parts; the opening conference, the actual inspection or “walk around” and the closing conference. Knowing what to expect during these three critical parts of an OSHA inspection can help your company be prepared and avoid the stress of an OSHA inspection. Here are some tips to help you get ready:
Each year, OSHA updates their list of the most common standards cited following an inspection of worksites by federal OSHA compliance officers. Although the order of these citations may change, you will find these ten violations recur year to year. Being aware of these frequently cited standards, can help employers develop safety programs to prevent many injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace.