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Protecting Construction Crews from Heat Illness

With temperatures rising, it’s time for a refresher on how to keep construction workers from succumbing to the heat.

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Electrical Safety Tips for the DIYer

It’s not made of metal, but the human body is still a pretty good conductor of electricity thanks to the wet, somewhat salty tissues inside. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when tackling DIY projects.

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Safer Worksite Lighting in a Flash

Construction is an inherently dangerous business.

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Preparing for Concrete Abrasive Blasting

The use of abrasive blasting on concrete can provide unique texturing effects as well as an effective bond for coatings.

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Achieving Welding Safety

Welders regularly face various risks that affect the eyes, nose, throat, lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, urinary tract, skin, and even the central nervous system. Hazards associated with welding include burns, shock, parti

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Safety Tips for Backhoe Operation

Unfortunately, the functionality and size that makes loader and backhoes an asset for so many tasks can also lead to accidents.

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Reducing Noise on the Jobsite

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that job sites limit the exposure of workers to no more than 85 decibels for eight hours of work. While this standard protects against long-term d

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The Keys to Preventing Crane Accidents

Crane accidents have caused enough headline-grabbing injuries and fatalities in recent years that cranes have become associated with disaster in the public mind. But most if not all of these accidents are preventable.

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Common Safety Mistakes when Using Pneumatic Tools

Pneumatic tools include chippers, drills, hammers, jack hammers, nail guns and sanders.

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Common Safety Mistakes when Using a Jigsaw

A jigsaw is a handy way to cut curves and patterns in thin materials, including wood, PVC, and metal. The blade moves rapidly up and down, cutting the material as you push the tool through it.

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Trench Safety Best Practices: Plates, Panel Shields, Rails, and Shoring

Any worker operating in a trench should have a clear understanding about the hazards involved in their work; among them, the potential for a cave-in stands out as one of the most frightening.

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Common Safety Mistakes When Using One-Man and Two-Man Augers

A power auger, whether one-man or two-man, may be the fastest route between you and a hole in the ground that needs drilling. But a mistake when using one doesn’t augur well for your health.  

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Common Safety Mistakes when Using a Chainsaw

Misuse of this powerful, high-speed wood cutting tool causes about 36,000 injuries annually.

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Common Safety Mistakes When Using a Nail Gun

Injuries from the nail gun account for some 37,000 trips to the emergency room each year. The tool can sink thousands of nails a day consistently, accurately and safely when used correctly.

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Rescue Kits: Why They're Important On A Jobsite

Approximately 6.5 million people work at construction sites across the nation on a daily basis.

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Common Safety Mistakes When Using an Aerial Lift

Whether you call it a boom lift or a cherry picker, sometimes it's all about being able to work at elevated levels without having to spend time erecting scaffolding. But too often that convenience comes at a price.

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Demolition Safety: 4 Ways to Avoid Injuries During the Most Dangerous Phase of Your Project

Putting up a structure is dangerous work. Taking one down can be just as dangerous.

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Common Safety Mistakes When Using Earthmoving Equipment

Bulldozers, backhoes, graders, trenchers, compactors, excavators — these are the big boys on a construction site. They can turn almost any terrain, from prairie to rocky hillside, into smooth, level ground.

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4 Tips for Working With a Scissor Lift

Scissor lifts provide a versatility needed for tasks ranging from construction to entertainment, allowing operators to position t

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What Does GFCI Mean, and What Do They Do?

When working with electrical circuits, a normal operation consists of the same amount of current flowing from line to load and returning from load to line.

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How to Help Prevent Backovers

Every year, dozens of construction workers are injured and killed when a dump truck or another vehicle backs over them. In 2011 alone, 70 people died this way.

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5 PPE Items All Construction Workers Should Have

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is something all construction workers need to keep themselves protected while they are on the job site.

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Why and How to Review 'Near Misses'

Sometimes bad things "almost happen" on construction sites. Someone would have stepped on a nail sticking out of a board if a co-worker hadn't given a last-minute warning.

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How to Evacuate a Construction Site Quickly

The Challenge: Evacuating the site quickly in an organized fashion to avoid injury and property damage.

 

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5 Ways to Avoid Fall Protection Equipment Fails

A fall-related injury is the worst nightmare of many construction workers, not to mention their managers.

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5 Building Blocks of Safer Construction Sites

The key to a safer workplace isn't just in the tracking and reporting of accidents.

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High Standards: Improving Safety on Aerial Work Platforms

Accidents on aerial work platforms are preventable with proper training, equipment inspection, maintenance and basic safety measures.