When vision is impaired, quality of life and the ability to work experience a drastic and unfortunate decline. Preventing eye injuries should be a top task on every safety professional's to-do list.
According to NIOSH, every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States suffer from an eye injury and require medical treatment. That's more than 700,000 Americans each year! Approximately one-third of those injuries require emergency room treatment and 100 of them result in one or more days away from work.
Utility worksites have various contaminants containing flammable components, including insulating oil in transformers, creosote on telephone poles and hydraulic oils from machinery. The summer months present a whole new set of chemicals, such as insect spray used to fend off mosquitoes when working outdoors.
These chemical components raise questions about whether they have the ability to hinder the protective performance of flame-resistant apparel – which nearly always is required for tasks in the utility industry.
Although these worksite contaminants do not remove the base FR properties of the fabric, the new flammable contaminants can mask the FR, causing the fabric to burn until the fuel is consumed..
Interacting with worksite contaminants often is unavoidable or simply imperative to a productive day outdoors on the job. However, you can take simple steps to protect yourself and your FR apparel from additional flammable hazards.
Oregon OSHA says workers for this construction company were exposed to hazards that could cause death or serious injury as they worked to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland.
An employee was working on an upper deck of a suspended scaffolding system when he fell through a ladder opening, landing on an employee who was working 37 feet below on a lower platform. Both employees suffered multiple injuries.
Oregon OSHA says the employee who fell wasn’t using protective gear. The agency fined Abhe & Svoboda Inc., based in Minnesota, $189,000 for nine violations.
It's well known that lead is harmful. Also well known is the metal's usefulness as a component of industrial coatings, because it holds up against the elements and helps prevent corrosion.
As infrastructure and assets age, it's a matter of when, not if, workers encounter lead hazards. That's why businesses, industry organizations, and governments have worked together to put lead abatement procedures in place and develop lead-safe work practices.
Use these resources and information to help keep workers and the environment safe during lead abatement projects.
Dubai: Phase one of the Airport Road expansion project will be ready by the end of this year with the entire redeveloped freeway to open for traffic by mid-2018, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday. Work on the Dh404-million project includes construction of several multi-level intersections, with almost half of the work on most intersections completed.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, announced on Saturday that 50 per cent work on the development of Al Rashidiya-Casablanca Road intersections has been completed, while the Nad Al Hamar and Marrakech Road intersections are also 40 per cent ready. Al Tayer assured that the first phase of the project will open in December this year, while the entire project is likely to be ready in the first half of 2018. He issued the statement following a recent inspection visit to the project site where he attended a briefing about the progress on each phase of