Pinch Points - Don't Get Caught!
Pull the Plug
We take them for granted — the machines that complete production tasks with greater speed, accuracy, and efficiency than any manual method ever could. Machinery also reduces the physical demands of work that can lead to employee muscle strains and sprains. When much of the work is mechanical, the risk of personal injury is greatly reduced.
However, there is a downside to using machinery.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
A common tool we use in the field, in the shop, and the office is an extension cord. We need to consider the potential for issues coming from the use of extension cords before we plug up one and go about our way with the task at hand. The most important thing to remember is that extension cords are for temporary use only. Permanent wiring is to be installed when the application is no longer temporary.
The Right Angle
Safety and housekeeping are related as closely as hand is to glove. When our housekeeping habits are poor, we can expect a higher incidence of injuries, not to mention quality defects and the decrease in productivity. When including the additional cost of insurance and potential OSHA citations, the expense of poor housekeeping can exceed much more than the time it takes throughout the day to keep a clean and organized work area.
Stay high and dry!
We use handheld angle grinders in the field and facility shops to grind excess metal from welds, remove rust, and for special finishing operations. Since this tool is hand operated, the safety, efficiency, and quality of the work depend upon the ability and experience of the operator. As with all tools, there can be expected a certain amount of risk involved while operating. The angle grinder is no different.
Don't Start That
During a flood, the water level and the rate the water flowing will likely change quickly and unexpectedly. To stay informed monitor local radio and television stations. It is best to avoid flood waters at all costs and evacuate immediately when water starts to rise. Have a plan and don't hesitate to react in a safe, thoughtful manner.
Ready for This?
Each of us has a responsibility in fire prevention. Whether you are a Welder, Quality Control, E-Tech, Pipe Fitter, Office Worker, etc. If you fail to do your part in trying to prevent fires, we may not only lose our jobs as a result of the fire, but we also may suffer an injury, or worse. The fall season is beginning and this is the time of year we see an increase in fires both in the industry and at home.
This year, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) theme is "Don't Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today," to place continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and others with access and functional needs. You can help by ensuring you make your plan for yourself and your family.
Protecting our fingers and hands is essential for our daily work and our quality of life. Work-related hand injuries are one of the leading reasons workers end up in the emergency room and miss work. Damage to the nerves in your fingers and hands, loss of a finger, a skin burn or allergic reaction, can negatively impact the quality of our work and detract from our quality of life.