Here’s just a quick update on the things I’ve been working on the last week or so.
I got back to Utah this last week, and spent the majority of the week catching up on things at the office. I touched base with a few people who have been coordinating projects for me. I also helped with filming a couple of training and ladder demo videos.
Today, I had the opportunity to do some ladder training in the area. There is a company framing a house in Provo, and they had me come and give a short ladder safety training to the team. They all took the training very well.
Safety really is personal. We work to provide useful safety training topics, but, the fact of the matter is that we are talking about helping real people return to their real families. Even the news articles we talk about on this site are about real people.
I recently found this blog post talking about a safety officer who remembered to take an on-the-job accident personally. In the video, Mike Honeyman of Arctic Arrow Powerline Group in British Columbia tells how he developed the occupational health and safety program for his company. He talks about how he wrote the company’s safety manual to help his men be safe.
Mike then talks about a workplace accident that taught him the importance of focusing on people rather than just throwing a safety book at employees. One of his employees was working on a power line and got electrocuted, resulting in losing both his arm and his leg. The accident resulted in an investigation into the company, including the safety training program. Mike talks about how on the job accidents like this one result in the company being criticized for focusing too much on numbers and data rather than focusing on people.
As Mike says in the video, “It doesn’t matter what you have written down in a book if that doesn’t translate into something real with the people that you are responsible for as a business owner, it means nothing. It’s about connecting with people and really showing them that when you are talking about safety, you mean it. And what you mean is that you actually want them to be safe.”
Since the employee’s accident, Mike has worked hard to focus on the people. The man who was injured has also helped Mike revamp the safety program. It’s great to see a manager who cares so much about the safety of his employees. Let’s remember as we plan and carry out our safety trainings that our efforts need to be personal.
The main goal of the Hub is to provide resources to you as safety professionals to help you with your job. In this post, we will explore some of the best outside resources we have found to help with the training. We’ve mentioned most of these at least once in various posts, but here is a list with the sites we have found the most valuable.
Our List of Resources
American Ladder Institute
This website is a great resource for anyone who works on or trains those who work on ladders. The website has various safely pages including one for basic ladder safety, one for video safety training, links to other resources and a way to order a training DVD. This website also has ladder standards and information from ANSI. Overall, it’s a great resource to check out.
OSHA has some great information on their website as well. They have all the required ladder safety guidelines. They also have instructions (with pictures) on a ladder’s proper use. OSHA also has great, downloadable handouts. Since OSHA is one of the ladder safety enforcers, they are a great place to look for ladder safety tips.
This site was put together with fall prevention tips for those who work in construction. This site is full of great tips and other resources to help train on fall prevention. There are tips for using for both ladders and scaffolds. There are also tips for working on roofs. In addition to the safety tips, there are a couple of informational pages, including a couple of images showing the number of construction falls in the US in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The Hub is just one of many blogs that has tips for ladder safety. Other sites with great resources are OH&S Magazine, Blog 4 Safety, Safety at Work Blog and the Safety Care. There other blogs not included in this list as well. If you just search ladder safety blogs or work safety blogs, a huge list will come up.
These are the resources we find the most valuable at Little Giant. If you have time, take a few minutes to check them out and find some information to help you and your team!
New Year’s I have been on the road doing some safety trainings. I do a lot of trainings for smaller companies, but I also do training for some of the larger companies around. Just last week I was with the Army Corps of Engineers giving them some ladder safety training in Washington DC. I also trained a team from CAT in Massachusetts.
Sometimes I return to companies and provide more in depth trainings. This was not the case with these particular companies – they were just basic first trainings, but still, they went very well.
This week I am in LA doing some more training. Today, I am doing some training for Johnson & Johnson contractors. Here’s a photo that was taken today of the 450 attendees.
Were you at the trainings last week or this week? What information did you find the most valuable?
Today on our Facebook page, we shared this photo with the caption “At least he’s tied off?” Looking at this photo, it’s hard to believe someone could be following some safety guidelines while still using the ladder so wrong!
Issues with this Tied Off Version
Let’s analyze this picture a little bit and decide what the worker could have done better.
It’s a little difficult to tell exactly what the worker is trying to do from the picture, but it is obvious he is not using the correct ladder for the job. This violation seems to be the biggest issue with the worker. In this particular work set-up, it looks like an Aerial Safety Cage or articulating ladder would have worked better for the job than this backwards-facing extension ladder. With the Cage, he would not even need to be tied off.
The second main point of concern is the way the extension ladder is being used. The ladder should be leaned against a wall or sturdy surface, instead of against thin air. The ladder should also be set up at 75.5 degrees. We don’t know exactly what angle this ladder is at currently, but it definitely doesn’t look steep enough.
Also, looking at this photo, there is another problem. The coworker is sitting the background, and it looks like he is laughing. I would hope if there was an unsafe worker on a job site, his coworkers would call him out, rather than sitting back and watching.