Articles by Month: July 2016
- Never get closer than 10 feet to a power line
- Conduct initial and daily surveys of the worksite and implement control measures and training to address hazards at the site
- Do not operate equipment around overhead power lines unless you are authorized and trained to do so
- Do not forget to look up when surveying the worksite
- Warn others if the minimum distance is not maintained
- Never touch an overhead line if it has been brought down by machinery or has fallen
- Never assume lines are dead
- When a machine is in contact with an overhead line do not allow anyone to come near or touch the machine
- Stay away from the machine and summon outside assistance
- Never touch a person who is in contact with a live power line
- Get certified in CPR
- When working near overhead power lines the use of non-conductive wooden or fiberglass ladders is recommended
- Avoid storing materials underneath or near overhead power lines
- Do not leave your feet and do not shuffle your feet more than 8 inches apart from each other
- Do not let anyone come to your aid until you are outside of the high voltage area.
- Ladders that are a part of the scaffolding system, such as hook-on and attachable-ladders, shall be positioned so that the bottom rung is not more than 24 inches above the supporting level.
- Portable extension ladders used to access the work platform must meet OSHA design and use criteria, which includes securing the ladder to the scaffold at the top and bottom and having the ladder extend at least three feet past the landing surface. Ladders must also be positioned so as not to tip the scaffold.
- Stair-towers must have hand and midrails on each side of the stairway. Stairs must be at least 18 inches wide and have a landing platform at least 18 inches long at each level. Stair treads must be of slip-resistant design. The riser height must be uniform, and the stair angle must be between 40 and 60 degrees from the horizontal.
- Cross Braces can NEVER be used as a method of access.
- Openings for access points MUST be protected from fall hazards.
- Scaffolds must be tagged each day showing inspection status. Green Tag means safe to use and red Tag means not approved for use.
- All frames MUST be secured together with safety pins.
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- Top rails must be between 38 – 45 inches above the platform
- Capable of supporting at least 200 pounds applied in a downward or outward direction.
- Capable of supporting at least 150 pounds applied in a downward or outward direction.
- Barricades to keep personnel out of a hazardous area,
- Screens which are erected between the toe board and hand rail of the work platform,
- Debris nets to catch materials before they hit the ground, or
- Canopy structures made of solid materials.
SAFETY REMINDERS – IF THE PLATFORM BREAKS YOU BECOME ONE OF THE STATISTICS CAUSING FALLS TO BE THE LEADING KILLER IN OUR INDUSTRY!
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- End Splits – A separation that extends through the plank from face to face. End splits are caused by repeated exposure to wet/dry conditions. If an end split exceeds 18,” remove the plank from service.
- Saw Cuts, Drilled Holes and Notches – Saw cuts across the face or through the edge of the plank, drilled holes or notches will reduce the plank’s load carrying capacity. Planks with saw cuts, drilled holes or notches should be removed from service.
- Edge Splits – A separation of the narrow edge of the plank usually caused by forklift damage. A diagonal split may be caused by overloading. Probe the split to determine the depth; shallow weather checks are acceptable. If an open split is detected, remove the plank from service.
- Dents, Gouges and Depressions – Dents can indicate internal structural damage. Dropping the plank or impact from heavy objects on the plank will dent the plank. Remove the plank from service and visually inspect the plank before reuse.
- Face Breaks – Irregular cracks across the face of the scaffold plank. Usually a result of overloading, face cracks dramatically reduce the strength of the plank. Remove planks with face breaks from service.
- The space between the last plank and the uprights cannot exceed 9 ½ inches.
- The space between planks cannot exceed 1 inch, except where necessary for obstructions.
- Platforms and walkways, in general, must be at least 18 inches wide.
- The maximum extension of the plank cannot be more than 12 inches for planks that are <10 feet long.
- The maximum extension of the plank cannot be more than 18 inches for planks that are >10 feet long.
- Where platforms overlap to create a running scaffold, the overlap must occur only over a support and shall not be less than 12 inches unless nailed together.
SAFETY REMINDERS – IF THE PLATFORM BREAKS YOU BECOME ONE OF THE STATISTICS
CAUSING FALLS TO BE THE LEADING KILLER IN OUR INDUSTRY!
- Base Plates MUST be nailed to the mud sills on at least 2 opposite corners to prevent slippage.
- Unstable objects, such as bricks, cinder blocks, buckets, scrap lumber, etc., shall not be used to support or level scaffolds.
- Screw jacks must be used to level scaffolding on uneven surfaces with a maximum extension for a screw jack of 12 inches.
- Cross-bracing is required on both front and back sides of each scaffold buck or frame.
- To check a scaffold for being plumb, use a level on two opposite uprights.
- To make sure the scaffold is level, use a level on a horizontal support or bearer.
- To ensure the scaffold is “square”, use a tape measure and measure the distance between opposite corners. The two measurements should be equal.
SAFETY REMINDERS – ALL EMPLOYEES WORKING ON SCAFFOLDS MUST HAVE SCAFFOLD USER TRAINING!
- PPE, do we have the correct eye protection? The correct gloves? Protective footwear?
- Do we need any special PPE such as a chemical apron or a harness?
- Is our PPE in good condition?
- Do we have the correct tools and are they in good shape?
- Do we know how to operate the tools or equipment?
- Do we know how to accomplish the task safely?
- Do we know the harmful energy sources around the area and have we isolated them?
- Do I have the training to do this job?
- Who is working around me?
- Would I want my family watch me do this task this way?
Tire’s new headquarters project in the Midtown area of Cleveland kicked off
recently. We are working on the 650-car parking deck that will be part of the
company’s relocation. Learn more here.
Congratulations to our team on the opening of the new Hyatt Place Hotel at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, Ohio. The six-story, 135-unit hotel has been a year in the making. The project includes a five-level, 355-space parking deck, for which Donley’s also self-performed the cast-in-place structural concrete.
- Bill Lapham, Gennaro Niro, Beau Baldwin, Dan Widener, Eric Nutter, Joe Sines, Joe Misencik, Preston Legg, Jeremiah Freeman, Robin Cogar, Ian Belch, Kyle Jewell, Fabio Pecchia, Zsolt Cseszneki, Ian Habyan, Lexus Frazier, Erik Zednik, Delonte Richmond, John Fyffe