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Preventing Falls on Construction Site

I was catching up on some safety reading, and I found this great article on construction safety from Safety+Health Magazine.  First, they have an image from NIOSH.

 As we’ve talked about, falls are the leading cause of death in construction. According to NIOSH, the construction industry averages more than 310 fatal falls and 10,350 serious fall-related injuries a year. Additionally, the majority of fatal falls from scaffolds (86%), roofs (81%) and ladders (57%) occur in construction.

NIOSH has a new fact sheet to help construction employers and workers work safely to prevent falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolds.

The fact sheet has some recommendations for avoiding falls:

For working on roofs:

  • Implement a fall protection program, wear proper fall protection and undergo corresponding training.
  • Use correct anchorage for fall arrest systems.
  • Use a buddy system.
  • Monitor weather conditions when working at height.

For workers on ladders:

  • Choose the right ladder for the job.
  • Don’t overload the ladder.
  • Use the ladder on flat, level ground.
  • Face the ladder while climbing and maintain three points of contact at all times.

For workers on scaffolds:

  • Train and assign a person to supervise scaffold setup.
  • Ensure scaffolds comply with manufacturer guidelines and OSHA standards.
  • Place scaffolds on stable ground or surfaces.
  • Inspect scaffolds and scaffold parts before each use.

It Was an Accident: What to Do after a Workplace Injury

Today, we have an article about workplace accidents from Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer.

If you’re like most people, the idea of getting injured on the job is scary. In addition to lost wages and possible sky-high medical bills, who wants to deal with the logistics of a work injury?

But understanding how to do an injury report can be daunting. And if you don’t do it correctly, you could be denied worker’s compensation when you need it the most.

File an Accident Report

The first thing any employee should do after being injured on the job is to file an accident report. It’s preferred you report your injury in writing to your supervisor. In fact, several states have made it mandatory for all injury reports to be put in writing. Although verbal notice is allowed in some places, you should always report to any supervisor personnel in writing.

Seek Medical Attention

Upon filing your injury report, you should seek out medical help immediately. Even if you don’t think your injuries warrant medical attention, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Some injuries, such as back injuries and ligament tears, don’t present immediately.

In addition, the laws stated by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) allow you to choose any certified doctor to treat you. However, if you are not a federal employee, then you won’t be covered by the FECA.

File a Workers Compensation Claim

When seeking medical attention, you must tell your healthcare provider if the injury is work-related. You also need copies if the doctor records the information as well. In some cases, both employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies will deny claims when medical records don’t specifically state the injury happened at work. Play it safe and ask for duplicate copies of all medical testing and doctor’s notes.

Contact a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Navigating the process of a workers’ compensation claim can be stressful. Not to mention, there are insurance adjusters that are trained to make statements that can go against your claim. If you don’t have solid understanding of your rights, it’s best to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. They will explain your legal rights, complete the necessary paperwork and correspond with your employer and their insurance company to ensure you’re receiving what’s owed to you.

Above all else, never take a work-related injury lightly. If you suffer injury while on the job, take the necessary steps to ensure your legal rights and your health.

Beware of Electricity

Choose a fiberglass ladder when working near electricity

A man in Ohio was electrocuted when his ladder came in contact with a power line. The 45-year old man was working on some apartment buildings. His ladder came in touch with the power line, tripping it and causing the power to go out. Residents called emergency personnel, but the man passed away from his injuries. OSHA came after the accident to investigate its cause.

Like we do with these stories, let’s talk about how this unfortunate accident could have been prevented.

If there is any chance you’ll be working near electricity, choose a fiberglass ladder. Fiberglass ladders don’t conduct electricity so they are safe to use near electricity. Of course, you still need to take other safety precautions, but a fiberglass ladder can help prevent these electricity-related accidents.

Our hearts go out to this man’s family. Stories like this one are truly heartbreaking.

Using Your Adjustable Ladder

When you have work to do, an adjustable ladder can be a great option. For which jobs can you use your adjustable/articulating ladder? Here’s just a start:

Any job that’s on stairs. Each side of the ladder telescopes independently, so if you have a job on stairs, you can have one side of the ladder be shorter than the other side, so you can use your ladder safely if it is adjustable. This idea also applies to sloping ground. If you have to work on a small hill or stadium-style seating, your ladder can safely adjust your ladder to get your work done. Hanging pictures, painting, hanging light fixtures and adjusting smoke detectors are all examples of jobs for your ladder in the staircase position.

Getting on Your Roof. If you need to get on your roof, putting your ladder in the extension position can make that happen. Always use a tall enough ladder and extend it three feet past the roofline. Do you have a roof to inspect? Gutters to clean? Regardless of the task at hand, when used in the extension position, your ladder can help you get any roof-related job complete. The extension position can also help you complete tasks like washing windows.

Almost any Other Job. You can also use your ladder in the stepladder position, and this position allows you to complete almost any job we haven’t covered already. Framing, cleaning, inspecting your home and landscaping are all examples of jobs for your ladder in the stepladder position.

These are just a few examples of jobs for your adjustable ladder, but the options are truly endless!

Benefits of a Platform Stepladder

In the industrial world, we talk a lot about the stereotypical, heavy-duty, industrial ladders – Extension ladders, Articulating ladders, Enclosed ladders and all the variations in these categories.

Today, let’s talk about an unsung hero, the Platform Stepladder.

Some of Little Giant’s platform stepladders include the MightyLite, the AirWing, the Xtra-Lite Plus and the Flip-N-Lite.

Here are a couple of reasons why I love this style of ladder.

  1. They are super lightweight.
  2. They have a super-small storage profile, making them easy to bring from job to job.
  3. They can be set up or taken down with one hand, and they take barely any time to do either.
  4. They are available in fiberglass, so they can be a great ladder for electricians.
  5. The platform helps you get close to your job while limited the foot fatigue that can happen when standing on narrow rungs for hours on end.

Right now, my favorite platform ladder is the MightyLite. It’s made with the same lightweight fiberglass as the HyperLite extension ladders, making it almost as lightweight as an aluminum option. The MightyLight also has all sorts of features engineered into it. The top cap’s design allows you to bring almost any tool you could imagine. There is a hook for a paint can, grooves for drills, nails, screwdrivers, even a groove to hold a fluorescent tubeThe  MightyLite also has the Ground Cue™ bottom rung indicator to let you know when you’ve reached the bottom rung.

Do you use a platform stepladder? Which one is your favorite?

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