Now that spring is here, get committed to eliminating risks and incidents on your project sites. Provide your employees with risk management education to  help achieve your goal of having a safe and productive workforce. Please take a moment to remind all of a few items that can be easily forgotten over the winter months. Whether you are working on small home projects or at a larger construction site, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Spring rains are upon us. To avoid slipping, remember to wipe off any mud from your boots and gloves before stepping onto, and off of, equipment.
  • When operating on slopes, know the limits of your machine. And remember, a seat belt is your lifeline if the machine begins to tip. Don’t take any chances by not fastening your belt.
  • When operating equipment, make sure no one is near your machine. Don’t be afraid to use a spotter if your view is obstructed.
  • The outside temperatures during spring can also present safety hazards. It is not always possible to predict when temperatures will turn hot. Rising temperatures can result in illnesses or dehydration if there is not a sufficient water supply. Pay strict attention to health warning signs like dizziness, nausea or increased pulse. Construction management should already have procedures in place to deal with the effects of heat or extreme sun exposure on workers. Workers should avoid foods or drinks with high amounts of sugar.
  • There is also a significant risk of sunburn if workers fail to wear sun-resistant clothing including long sleeves and pants, hats, gloves and sunshades. It is advisable to use sunscreen products with an SPF of 15 or more at all times.
  • Always remember to call Diggers Hotline (their national phone number is 811) before any shovels or equipment go into the ground. Once the locate is complete, it’s valid for the person or company that called it in for 10 days or as long as the markings are clearly visible and work has not been interrupted for more than 10 calendar days. Also remember to be conscious of overhead power lines.
  • Keep your site clean.
  • And most importantly, always remember to wear the proper protective gear (e.g. gloves and safety glasses).

Most accidents can be avoided if you are prepared and have a plan. Keep safety at the forefront when working on projects.




For more information contact: Bob Cannell  (614) 706-8128 or bcannell@riskcontrol360.com

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