Hazard up high

March 29, 2009

scaffold-3-18-09

scaffold-3-18-09

This was a scaffold downtown. The one guy is up on a four foot ledge with no harness. The parapet is only a foot high. The Cal City CSHO came out right away. The next day, they all were wearing harnesses.

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Picture for the week

March 22, 2009

From the Chicago Sun times. I sent it to the local office. They said the paper had worse photos.
zoo

Fall arrest needs to be worn.

Because it was afraid of being used on a roof.

Forklift Pallet holds the scaffold pick

Forklift Pallet holds the scaffold pick

Rack Under-Ride Accidents

March 12, 2009

stand up forklift

stand up forklift

There have been fatalities when standup type fork trucks crush the operator under a rack cross bar.
Prevention:
Guarding made by the lift truck manufacturer may be available to prevent this hazard.
Lower all shelves so that if rear of PIT strikes rack, the rack will not enter the cab
Use trucks that have an extended backrest or other raised area on top of the cab
Lower the 2nd level rack so that truck’s overhead guard will strike the rack
Purchase/retrofit PIT’s with corner posts or other guards to prevent under-ride. Posts may be available from lift truck supplier.

Epiphany

March 12, 2009

I was driving back from a sparse VPP speech today and I was thinking that I wish I could reach more people on some of the things I had to say.
Yesterday, I was chatting with Misette and she mentioned a fatality trend I had not seen before.
I thought why not do a safety blog? There really is not one out there by anyone who discusses what works and what is happening in the field.