Safety & Training

Trench and Excavation Safety

The Truth Behind Trench and Excavation Safety

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Many people don’t appreciate the weight of soil. One cubic foot of soil weighs between 90 and 140 lbs. Just one cubic yard of soil (27 cubic ft), weighs between 2,430 and 3,780 lbs. The human body isn’t designed to accept the trauma of having that much weight fall on it. The deaths and injuries result from suffocation, crushing, drowning, loss of circulation and objects rolling or falling into the trench or excavation.

Safety Programs and Policies

Speaking of Safety Programs and Policies…

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Most companies like yours have a written safety program that spells out the company’s safety policies, procedures and responsibilities. However there is a dilemma with written safety programs, which could cause a lot of problems for a company, especially if that company is involved in an OSHA hearing or some form of litigation related to safety.

Taking the Wheel

Taking the Wheel

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Perhaps one of the most easily recognizable machines on any jobsite, excavators have a unique design that makes them ideal for tasks like demolition, material handling, digging, grading and dredging. From compact models weighing as little as 2 tons to massive, 36-ton behemoths, excavators have proven themselves to be indispensable tools for contractors all over the world.

To Detect and Protect

To Detect and Protect

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The importance of damage prevention when digging around underground utilities cannot be understated. By avoiding a utility strike, contractors not only protect their company, but the public from potential danger or lost services.

Equipment Inspection

Equipment Inspection Is Essential to Safe Operations

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How effective are your equipment inspections? In a perfect world, equipment operators should be inspecting their equipment each day before using it — but do they actually perform this very important task? Daily inspections are not only essential to the life of the machine, but also for the safety of the operator and the crew.

NUCA of the Carolinas Holds Auger Boring School

NUCA of the Carolinas Holds Auger Boring School

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NUCA of the Carolinas held an Auger Boring School May 13-17 in Aberdeen, N.C. The chapter partnered with Leo Barbera of Horizontal Equipment Co. to facilitate the training. Students traveled from North Carolina, Texas, Minnesota and South Dakota to attend the school.

Invest in Safety Certifications

Invest in Safety Certifications

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Safety management is not just a job — it is an honorable profession. Safety professionals and practitioners are all of the safety managers, directors and coordinators currently working for companies today. They do not have to be certified, nor do they need a lot of letters after their names, but it is to their advantage and to that of the companies they work for to have certification.

OSHA

Employee Representation During OSHA Inspections

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) authorizing non-unionized employees to select a union organizer or community activist to act as the employee’s representative during an OSHA inspection provided the representative was selected by the employees.