Reasons why our job site and crew safety is a daily topic
Hugging a child * Kissing a spouse * Laughing with friends * Walking the dog * Watching a sunset * Enjoying your favorite meal * and the list goes on
Yes the processes and procedures to avoid accidents and injuries are important * Yes keeping projects running smooth and efficiently is critical * Yes ongoing training and education is vital. However, the main focus must always come back to the quality of life of our people.
On the job site safety and preventative medicine are always on our minds:
- Any knee work requires knee pads and a rack attack to support the back and lessen the pressure on the knees.
- Whenever we mix water and power all our crew wear their rubber boots.
- All grinding requires a respirator
- Hard Hats, Vests and Safety Glasses are mandatory at all times.
OSHA Silica Dust Exposure Regulations
In order to improve worker safety standards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, passed a new ruling on June 23, 2016 that aims to reduce the amount of silica dust that workers breathe in on jobsites. Under this ruling, all employers will be responsible for preventing employees from inhaling silica dust in amounts that exceed the permissible exposure limit, or PEL, but will most significantly impact professionals in the construction industry. Originally scheduled for June 23, 2017, OSHA has revised the compliance deadline to September 23, 2017. The new ruling will reduce worker exposure to no more than 50 micrograms of silica dust over an eight hour shift will go into effect in the construction industry
Employer responsibilities for limiting silica dust inhalation
The specific requirements for minimizing levels of silica dust on jobsites are outlined in OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1926.1153. In general, employers must implement the use of engineering controls in conjunction with jobsite equipment to regulate silica dust to the minimum permissible exposure limit, or PEL. Engineering controls include equipment that uses water or air ventilation to control dust. Engineering controls are required to be used when workers operate equipment that cuts, drills, saws, grinds, mills or crushes over an eight hour shift.
August training included CPR renewals and proper lifting and posture