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avoiding rigging mistakes

Avoiding common crane rigging mistakes

Did you see the recent “viral” video of a construction worker hanging precariously by his hand from the end of a crane block on a Toronto jobsite? According to reports, the man, a rigger with PCL Constructors Canada Inc., became entangled with the crane’s tagline after securing a load (which was suspended above him.) The good news…

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Work at height and PFPE? What is required?

When operating self-propelled and trailer-mounted booms, some situations require personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) to reduce the probability of operator ejection or catapult from the platform. But what about scissor lifts? It’s been a topic of discussion for decades, but little has changed over the years: there isn’t a standard approach or consistent answer about wearing PFPE on a…

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National safety month

June is National Safety Month!

June 1 kicks off the National Safety Council’s (NSC) annual National Safety Month, in which individuals and organizations are asked to make efforts toward reducing unintentional injury and death at work and at home. Despite safety and health training evolving and becoming more widely available, the construction industry continues to struggle with injuries and fatalities. In 2020, more…

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Reducing crane accidents and tip overs

Safety on a jobsite should always be a top priority, especially when hoisting heavy materials. Lifting and placing loads requires precision and attention to detail – and no one knows that better than crane operators. If you think the main objective of getting materials from point A to point B is an easy task, think…

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How to conduct a Safety Stand-Down

OSHA’s annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will kick off on May 2. The yearly event held each Spring is intended to prevent fall-related deaths and injuries by raising awareness of jobsite hazards. It runs through May 6. Whether you’ve conducted 10 Stand-Downs or are trying to plan your first, here’s all the…

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Fall protection

Fall protection tops OSHA list (again)

OSHA has announced its most frequently cited standards for its fiscal year, and for the 11th consecutive time, fall protection – general requirements topped the list. Announced Oct. 12 during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the preliminary list, which represents OSHA Information System data from…

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safety starts at the top

Safety starts at the top

Recently, occupational safety and health magazine EHS Today conducted a survey asking safety professionals what their biggest challenges are. Reading through the 40-plus responses, one theme became clear: the seriousness – or lack there of – of safety and training, and implementing and following proper safety and training programs. (For a sample of responses, scroll down.) Safety is everyone’s responsibility on the job,…

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