Hand Safety

Shoelaces, guitar playing, rock climbing….all have something in common. They all require the use of our hands! No matter what kind of work you do, you likely use tools. But have you ever considered that your hands can be tools too and that the rules you’d employ to take care of other tools also apply to your hands? Many people don’t stop to consider this. Consequently, occupational hand injuries account for more than one million emergency room visits per year.

The next time you are at work, take 5 minutes and think about how much it would change your life if something significant happened to your hands. When conducting a task make sure you think about hand position, how you are using them, and what is the appropriate level of protection you need to take care of these extremely valuable appendages. If you see a coworker doing work that could use a bit more protection, SPEAK UP!

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Hand Safety

Being a Good Spotter

Backing up seems to be a normal, frequent, and typical activity on any given construction site. After all, we do it everyday in our own personal vehicles with no issues or problems. However, this simple mundane activity has some of the worst statistics in damage and harm to workers and property. To avoid any harm from coming to people or property, follow these basic steps prior to starting any form of reversing with a machinery or vehicle (OSHA, 2019):

  • Ensure that spotters and drivers agree on hand signals before backing up.
  • Instruct spotters to always maintain visual contact with the driver while the vehicle is backing.
  • Instruct drivers to stop backing immediately if they lose sight of the spotter.
  • Not give spotters additional duties while they are acting as spotters.
  • Instruct spotters not to use personal mobile phones, personal headphones, or other items which could pose a distraction during spotting activities.
  • Provide spotters with high-visibility clothing, especially during night operations.

For further information be sure to visit https://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/backover/spotter.html

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Line of Sight

When operating around machinery, whether you are in the cab or on the ground, line of sight should be top of mind. An operator with good line of sight with workers on the ground can prevent serious bodily injury. When walking around a working piece of machinery, always maintain good eye contact with the operator and be constantly thinking of where you are in relation to the machine. Here are 5 things to be constantly thinking about, can you think of anymore?

  • Where do I stand?
  • Do I have eye contact and communication with the operator
  • How does the machine work
  • Where are the no-go zones

If you don’t have one of these answers, do not enter the work site!!

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Loader Backhoe and Operation

Be Bear Aware

As the summer time rolls around, there are many amazing things here in Western Canada we can get excited about.  Longer days, warm sunshine, and great patio or campfire weather after a long day on the job. One thing that re-emerges every year though are those big cuddly looking creatures we like to call bears. As cuddly as these guys look though, they are far from the hugging type.  Being bear aware in the back country is something that should be top of mine whenever working in the remote setting. Site hygiene, waste management, and proper protective equipment should be a part of any health and safety management plan. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep trash and waste cleaned up and placed in appropriate bear safe containers
  • Make lots of noise and go in groups when possible while travelling through remote settings
  • Don’t run when surprised by a bear!  This could further startle or trigger a charge
  • Back away slowly and quietly when possible if you see the bear before the bear notices you
  • If you are noticed, keep your arms up to make yourself larger, speak in low steady tones, and back away slowly
  • Keep bear mace handy and within reach (having it buried in your backpack or truck won’t do you much good)
  • When safe and from a far enough away distance, make sure to appreciate these magnificent creatures that share the forest with us!