When do you say a situation is hazardous and when do you say it is risky? Are occupational illnesses and industrial diseases the same thing? Am I a competent person? Safety starts with knowing and really understanding. In the area of occupational health and safety, it is very important to be familiar with safety terms. This will make your work easier because you will avoid mistakes. It will also make the workplace less risky for you and the people moving around in it. Understanding might even save your life. Most safety terms and definitions may seem familiar to most of us, but do we really understand what they mean? Let’s find out.
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By: Jamie Wetherington | October 2, 2019
Even the thought of climbing a ladder can be scary for some people. The potential for falls and serious injury is enough for many homeowners to leave the gutter cleaning and holiday decorating to the pros. But if you're a do-it-yourselfer, or you have to reach a high cabinet or replace a bulb in a ceiling fixture, you're probably going to use a ladder.
Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths and the top cause of nonfatal injuries, according to Injury Facts. In 2017 - 2018, 36,338 people died from falls at home or at work.
By: Jamie Wetherington | September 4, 2019
Many people in the safety industry never had the luxury of getting an education in safety management or being groomed over time for a management position. For inexplicable reasons, companies continue to feel like safety management is just something they can assign to somebody regardless of that person’s experience. If you are one of those people, it is important that you understand that good safety management goes well beyond what the regulations state.
By: Jamie Wetherington | August 9, 2019
Due to its ability to shave hours off the work day, the nail gun is one of most common tools in the roofing industry. While it is a great tool, it is also incredible dangerous if not used properly. Improper nail gun safety is responsible for tens of thousands of injuries each year. More than half of these reported nail gun injuries are to the hand and fingers. One quarter of these hand injuries involve structural damage to tendons, joints, nerves, and bones. After hands, the next most often injured are the leg, knee, thigh, foot, and toes.
By: Jamie Wetherington | June 22, 2019
Everyone likes to imagine their workplace is safe and always will be. Some people may be more aware of the potential for accidents in the workplace. Certain industries, such as construction, mining, and others, have a reputation for being more dangerous than others. Nonetheless, workplace safety is important in each and every workplace, whether it’s an office or the floor of a warehouse or a construction site. When you understand how a workplace accident could affect your business, you’ll be better prepared to ensure your workplace is truly safe.
By: Jamie Wetherington | May 20, 2019
Effective communication is vital to the successful completion of any construction project. Good communication can improve teamwork and lead to better project collaboration. Poor communication can result in misunderstandings, delays and issues down the road. Communication is simply the exchange of information in order to convey a message and good communication involves being able to transmit your message so it is received and understood by the intended recipients. Seems simple enough, right? If you’ve ever played the Telephone Game you know it’s not always that easy...