Setting a good example is not a put-on. It’s simply working safety into your daily routine at home and on the job. In fact, new employees benefit by seeing operations conducted the safe way. Through observation and via interaction with fellow workers, working safe becomes learned behavior and will eventually become routine.
Actions will always speak louder than words. When we let our safety glasses resting on our foreheads rather than in place over our eyes, or when we kick an empty water bottle under a bench rather than pick it up, we’re sending the message that safety doesn't really matter.
There’s another angle to setting good examples. Too often people dress to impress others rather than with a focus on safety. Always dress for the job as it will give way to the more important and more beneficial images of safety. Wearing rings, bracelets, and other ornaments is dangerous on a joist as it could get caught by the moving parts of machinery. Long sleeves, floppy pant legs, and long hair can be hazardous on some jobs as well.
Accidents are a reality so make personal safety a priority and set an example for others to follow.
Walking through downtown Cleveland during these cold winter months can seem bleak. But the evergreen tree peaking over the fence of Public Square brings life and show just how far construction has come over the past months.
It was a busy end of summer and fall as Donley’s and other contractors finished installing primary underground utilities for water, power, and communications underneath the square; and the unseasonably warm weather from December has been a great help to Donley’s crews who continue to work hard on the redevelopment of the Square.
Although summer 2016 may seem far off given the cold, winter weather currently encountered in Cleveland, Public Square is still on track for completion before the Republican National Convention. When complete the new square will be full of life and color, and its butterfly-like shape will include a large, open lawn on the northern half, and a speaker’s terrace, a splash zone, and an outdoor café all on the southern half.
"Things are changing in Cleveland and in Cuyahoga County," Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said of the project back in March. "…We have to look like the great city we are..." Public Square’s new look will help transform the rest of Cleveland into a more vibrant community.
Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can result in health problems. With the recent drop in temperatures, we need to be especially mindful of the weather, its effects on the body, proper prevention techniques, and treatment of cold related disorders.
Personal Protective Clothing
- Wear at least three layers of clothing
- An outer layer to break wind and allow some ventilation
- A middle layer of wool or synthetic fabric to absorb sweat and retain insulation in a damp environment
- An inner layer of cotton or synthetic weaves to allow ventilation
- Pay special attention to protecting feet, hands, face and head. Up to 40% of body heat can be lost when the head is exposed.
- Keep a change of clothing available in case work garments become wet.
- There are a variety of practices to help reduce the risk of cold related injuries.
- Use an on-site source of heat
- Shield work areas from drafty or windy conditions
- Provide a heated shelter for employees
- Use thermal insulating material on equipment handles when the temperature drops below freezing
Safe Work Practices
- Changes in work are sometimes necessary to combat the effects of exceedingly cold weather.
- Allow a period of adjustment to the cold before embarking on a full work schedule
- Always permit employees to set their ow pace and take extra breaks when needed
- Reduce the number of activities performed outdoors
- Ensure that employees remain hydrated
- Establish a buddy system for working outdoors
- Educate employees to the symptoms of cold related stresses such as heavy shivering, uncomfortable coldness, severe fatigue, drowsiness, or euphoria
The last beam has been placed during a topping out ceremony for the University of Virginia Health System Education Resource Center (ERC).
This project is a 45,900 sq. ft. multi-functional facility and will house a new outpatient imaging center, pharmacy, office, and simulation suite for medical procedure training.
Nestled between the Lee Street Parking Garage and the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, the ERC will mimic the material palette used for the surrounding buildings, featuring an extensive glass façade, as well as a green roof with terrace access.
Designed by CO Architects and Train & Partners Architects, this project is seeking LEED Silver certification.
It’s that time of year again when driving can be treacherous. Black ice is the deadliest danger when driving during the winter and is formed when snow melts and then refreezes. Since it is almost invisible, many people drive at normal speeds resulting in serious accidents. Pavement that looks dry but appears darker in color and dull-looking should alert to the presence of black ice.
Many accidents could be avoided by following these tips for driving safely during snowy and icy conditions.
- Drive at slower speeds, anticipate stops at traffic lights and intersections, and apply breaks sooner than normal helps ensure accident-free stops.
- Leave extra space between vehicles allowing room to maneuver in case something goes wrong.
- REMEMBER TO KEEP WINDOWS CLEAR.
- Always try, if possible, to drive and go out after the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to clear the roads.
- Allow extra time to reach your destination during the winter or when the weather is bad.
- If your car is stuck, DO NOT spin your wheels. This will only dig the car in deeper.
- Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
- Use a light touch of gas, to ease your car out.
- Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car wheels, to help get traction.
Remember to always be safe when driving, no matter what season, and in the winter take extra precautions when driving.
The tool belt is the mark of a tradesman, a hard-working person who knows how to get the job done. Even if you don’t use one at work, chances are you use a tool belt for home maintenance and renovation work. Using a tool belt correctly will help ensure safety while working.
Some major do’s and don’ts are:
Tool Belt DO’s
- DO choose the right belt assembly to keep implements safe and secure
- DO make sure the tool belt is made of a sturdy material
- DO keep tools in correct sized pockets, pouches, and slots
- DO balance the weight of a tool belt so the weight is equal on each side (the average tool belt should weigh 15-20 pounds)
- DO guard all sharp tools with scabbards or sheaths
Tool Belt DON’TS
- DON’T pack around excess supplies causing unnecessary weight
- DON’T use the tool belt as a safety belt when working from heights
- DON’T hang tool belt on nails, hooks or other protruding objects
- DON’T wear belt repeatedly causing chronic discomfort and back problems
Carrying tools on a belt keeps hands free for tasks and work; just always make sure to follow the do’s and don’ts of tool belts!
During the Holiday Season, you’d probably be disappointed if the only gift you received was a box full of safety tips. Come on, admit it. What you really wanted were those miracle golf clubs that can drive a ball a mile down the fairway or a bass boat.
But let’s think for a moment. A box full of safety tips could mean a lot:
- You don’t lose your vision when that steel shard hits because you’re wearing safety glasses.
- You have just a slight headache when that 2x4 from the third floor glances off your hard hat.
- When you drop a jackhammer, those steel-toed boots protect your feet.
- When you operate a hoe-ram all week (BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM!), those ear plugs maintain your hearing.
- When you stand behind the excavator and the operator suddenly puts it in reverse, you heed the back-up alarm and step out of harm’s way.
- When you excavate a 10-ft. trench over a major gas line, the one-call center marks the line’s precise location, allowing you to work safely.
All year long you've heard messages that remind you to "work safely…don't take short‐cuts… prevent accidents…." To do this, of course, you have to keep your mind on your work. But this time of the year, your mind may be everywhere else but on your work. You may be thinking….
• How will I pay for Christmas??? It costs a fortune!
• Traffic is so bad I'm a wreck every time I get where I'm going.
• My relatives and their kids are going to be here for a whole week!
• If I hear Alvin & The Chipmunks one more time, I'll smash the radio!
So, from the Donley's family to yours... Happy Holidays!
And remember, one of the best gifts you can give your loved ones, is YOU returning home safe!
Noise is unwanted sound that can effect job performance, safety, and your health. Psychological effects of noise include annoyance and disruption of concentration. Physical effects include loss of hearing, pain, nausea, and interference with communications when the exposure is severe.
Hearing protection is essential when noise exposures can't
be controlled at their source. Both
earplugs and earmuffs provide a physical barrier that reduces inner ear noise
levels and prevent hearing loss from occurring. However, people often resist wearing these or
use them incorrectly. Employees resist
wearing hearing protection more than any other type of personal protective
One reason is that they don't think they really need it. But
hearing loss occurs so gradually (even in intense exposures) that by the time
you notice it, irreversible damage has already occurred. Another reason for not
wearing hearing protection is that it can feel uncomfortable. Sometimes workers
"spring" the muffs so they don't seal properly against the head, or
snip off the inner portion of ear plugs leaving only the outer end to fool
their supervisor. If you feel the need to do this, see your supervisor about
obtaining a different type or style that fits you comfortably and correctly.
Slight initial discomfort may be expected when a good seal
between the surface of the skin and the surface of the ear protector is made.
The amount of protection you obtain depends on obtaining a good seal and even a
small leak can substantially reduce the effectiveness of the protector.
Remember to check the seal several times each day. Protectors - especially ear
plugs - have a tendency to work loose as a result of talking or chewing, and
must be resealed occasionally.
There are many different styles, types, and brands of ear
protectors available, but when correctly fitted, they all provide similar
levels of protection. The best hearing protector for you is one that fits
correctly so that you can wear it properly.
SIGNS YOU MAY NEED HEARING PROTECTION
1. If it is necessary for you to speak in a very loud voice,
or shout directly into the ear of a person to be understood, it is likely that
the noise level is high enough to require hearing protection.
2. If you have roaring or ringing noises in your ears at the
end of the workday, you have probably been exposed to too much noise.
3. If speech or music sounds muffled to you after you leave
work, but it sounds fairly clear in the morning when you return to work, you
are being exposed to noise levels that are causing a temporary hearing loss. In
time, this can become permanent so please take care and use hearing protection.