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Talking & Thinking Safety

    Nowadays most organizations start meetings with a "safety moment". Someone comes up with a topic (often at the last moment) and says a few words, reminding people to be aware of something or avoid a certain hazard. These dull, perfunctory speeches do more harm than good: they reinforce the notion that safety is about "checking the boxes", and promote the idea that safety is up to "someone else" -- in this case, whoever's turn it is to present the safety moment.

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suspension trayma

    Picture this...

    Two workers are conducting maintenance on a bridge when one loses his footing and falls. His fall protection gear kicks in and arrests his fall almost as soon as it starts. His life has been saved - but he's not out of harm's way yet.

    This worker is still suspended in his fall protection harness, waiting for help. He's at risk for serious health issues, loss of consciousness, and even death.

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marijuana in the workplace

    The occupational health and safety landscape in Canada is about to face a great challenge: the legalization of marijuana. This substance may make food taste great and music sound even better, but it's at odds in the workplace.

    Let's take a look at a brief history of marijuana in Canada. Prior to the year 2000, there was no medical marijuana in the country. This all changed with the landmark court case of Crown v. Parker where Parker was a Canadian with epileptic seizures and, within the privacy of his home, found marijuana to decrease the severity of his illness. He was charged with marijuana possession, a charge that was eventually struck down in the court of appeal as a Charter of Rights and Freedoms issue, seeing as it would deprive him of his liberty and security.

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Exhausted employees

    Sleep disorders and sleep deficiency are hidden workplace issues that affect employers across the U.S.

    New research from the National Safety Council and the Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative reveals that an American employer with 1,000 workers stands to lose about $1.4 million each year in absenteeism, diminished productivity and healthcare costs because of exhausted employees, many of whom have undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders. The costs of fatigue in an average-sized Fortune 500 company climbs to about $80 million annually.

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In The Event of a Fall, Do You Have a Plan

    You've chosen the right safety harness, completed the proper training, and you have a fall protection plan in place. But what happens after the fall? Do you have a rescue plan in place to promptly retrieve a worker who has become suspended in their system?
    Why a rescue plan is important
    What many people often fail to recognize is that fall protection also includes descent and rescue. When a worker falls and is suspended in their harness, oftentimes calling 911 won't result in the most time-efficient rescue.
    The reality is that rescue services are often a secondary aspect for most fire departments. When a fire department arrives at the scene for a rescue, they will need to spend time assessing the site and its hazards, which can result in precious time passing before the rescue actually takes place.
    This is why it is beneficial to have a rescue plan in place and to have workers trained on the proper use of on-site rescue equipment in order to conduct their own timely rescues.

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Fall Protection Fundamentals SRL

    From roofers to construction workers; from window washers to electricians. Millions of workers put their lives on the line every day by working at height.
    Falls from height remain one of today's biggest workplace hazards. Often, a worker's only line of defense is their fall protection equipment, which commonly includes a self-retracting lanyard (SRL). When your life is on the line, you need to know that your SRL will do its job. Part of your job is knowing how and when to properly inspect it.

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Safety Changes you need to know

    Pop quiz: What's the most commonly cited OSHA violation, year after year (can't wait for the answer? See Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations You May Have Committed Last Year for the most recent list)? If you said falls, you know a thing or two about safety violations. Hopefully you know the statistics and haven't experience one personally. But even if you've avoided work-related falls, chances are you know someone who hasn't been so lucky. Thankfully, OSHA is taking some steps to protect workers from falls. Let's go over what you need to know and answer some commonly asked questions about their new walking-working surface rule.

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Inspect Your Harness When Working Alone

    A van pulls up to the jobsite and a service worker gets out, ready to tackle the case of the malfunctioning street light. He prepares his bucket truck and pulls out his fall harness. It's old and ratty - probably not much help. So, he leaves it inside the truck and climbs into the bucket. He has to get the job done. By failing to wear a safety harness, this lone worker put himself at serious risk for injury or death. OSHA regulation 1910.67 mandates that workers in buckets must wear fall protection equipment, with the lanyard connected to an anchor point on the boom or bucket. Failing to do so can have serious consequences. Mechanical failures can result in buckets flipping or separating from the boom, causing workers to fall. There have also been incidents of line trucks being struck by passing vehicles, launching the worker out of the bucket

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Choosing the Right Fall Protection Lanyard

    I was working from a scissor lift one day with my partner, and we couldn't quite get close enough to the spot we needed to reach. My partner stepped up on the lower guardrail to get the extra height he needed. He's a big guy, and very strong. When he finished sticking the material where it needed to be, he pushed off the overhead beam and jumped back onto the floor surface of the lift. This made the lift sway, and I thought for a minute that we might tip

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LATCHWAYS SRL recertification

    Gravisys Inc. technicians are certified by the manufacturer to conduct repairs and recertification. This is able to be conducted at the Gravisys office and onsite at the clients facility.

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PORTABLE FALL ARREST TRAILER FOR SALE

    The Portable Fall Arrest Trailer System combines the simplicity of a horizontal rail and trolley system with a portable structure to provide reliable fall protection where it's needed, when it's needed. The trailer-mounted system can be easily transported on the job site. The unit is self-contained and does not require a special vehicle to transport it.

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Fall Arrest Force and Clearance

    Gravisys Ins. is a proud member of the Structure, Tower & Antenna Council (STAC)
    The Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) helps ensure communications antennas in Canada continue to be constructed with the highest regard to worker safety. STAC is a non-profit Council of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, representing and providing collaborative forum for Canadian wireless communications carriers, tower owners/operators, tower and rooftop equipment engineering service suppliers and wireless communication facilities construction and maintenance contractors.

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DBI-SALA Lad-Saf™ Sleeve Notice

    Please see the attached DBI-SALA™ Lad-Saf Sleeve recall/replacement notice The incidents reported were due to misuse of the traveller and not defects in the sleeve design itself. With the Stop Use/Quarantine notice, and no immediate replacement X2 or X3 sleeves available, this could potentially put many operations out of service, causing site delays and standby costs.
    In order to avoid potential operations downtime and additional delays, you can contact 3M™ Customer Services at 1-800-387-7484, ext 2012, for additional information on the safe use the affected sleeves until replacements can be made available.




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Fall Arrest Force and Clearance

    The two most important aspects of fall arrest systems are force and clearance, in that order. They are the basis of everything else that is done to design a fall arrest system and specify the equipment to be used with that system. The forces must be high enough to arrest a fall in as short a distance as possible, yet still be low enough to not injure the worker as the fall is arrested. Most fall injuries occur from heights as low as 1.8m (6 ft).

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Fall Protection Equipment Misuses

    While at the ASSE Safety 2016 in Atlanta this week, Craig Galecka of LJB Incorporated and Shawn Smith with the U.S. Navy, presented a Dave Letterman-style Top Ten List of the most common fall protection equipment misuses.
    In the order of presentation, they are:

    Number 1. Rebar snap hooks Snap hooks aren't intended for loading. Galecka and Smith recommend using anchorage connections.

    ( https://www.constructionequipment.com/top-ten-fall-protection-equipment-misuses)


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The Sky Isn't Falling

    The sky isn't falling and your tools shouldn't either.
    Fall protection refers to anything that can fall, whether it's a worker, tools or equipment.
    ( www.capitalsafety.com/en-us/Documents/EHS-Sky-Isnt-Falling-Your-Tools-Shouldnt-Either-Caldwell-March-2016.pdf)


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Most Overlooked Aspect

    The Most Overlooked Aspect of Fall Protection Employers should understand that by choosing a fall arrest system, they are obligating themselves to develop a rescue plan and corresponding rescue training.

  • Imagine the relief of a fallen worker when he realizes a fall arrest system has worked, saving him from a life-threatening plummet. Now imagine the panic that sets in when the worker realizes there is no rescue plan in place. This doesn't have to -- and shouldn't -- be the case. Ideally, the fallen worker will, instead, be comforted by watching a well-coordinated rescue plan spring into action.
  • In the course of their work, fall protection consultants see many different approaches to protecting workers. Unfortunately, one common observation is that even the most proactive companies tend to minimize or blatantly ignore the need for fall protection rescue. In fact, many in the industry believe rescue is the most overlooked aspect of fall protection.
  • ( By Scott Mirizzi, Nolan Miller)

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Wear Your Fall Protection

    A comprehensive fall protection program prevents injuries, saves lives and makes good business sense. ISEA's user guide was created to provide the following:

  • Provide guidance to users on the need for proper fall protection planning to either remove the fall hazard; prevent access to the fall hazard, restrict worker movement at the fall hazard, or provide the proper fall arrest equipment;
  • Illustrate fall protection systems;
  • Familiarize fall protection equipment users with the appropriate OSHA and ANSI standards pertaining to their use;
  • Assist in the proper selection, care, use and inspection of fall protection equipment.
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Safety Stand-Down

    In a construction setting, the term "safety stand-down" is used to describe a wide variety of activities where normal work is paused and the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue. While some employers may use stand-downs to call attention to specific hazards present on their site as an intervention, the National Falls Campaign has adopted the use of the stand-down to draw attention to fall hazards, which are present on most construction sites. The first National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls was held in June 2014, and reached an estimated 1 million workers. The second Stand-Down was held in May 2015 and reached over 1.5 million workers
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Overlooked Aspect of Fall Protection

    Imagine the relief of a fallen worker when he realizes a fall arrest system has worked, saving him from a life-threatening plummet. Now imagine the panic that sets in when the worker realizes there is no rescue plan in place. This doesn't have to -- and shouldn't -- be the case. Ideally, the fallen worker will, instead, be comforted by watching a well-coordinated rescue plan spring into action.
    (https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2011/07/01/The-Most-Overlooked-Aspect-of-Fall-Protection.aspx )

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The Right Fall Protection System

    If you've worked in an environment where people are required to work at heights, you've probably heard the rule that once you're above 6 feet you must tie off. But what does this even mean? Tie what to where?
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Calculate Fall Clearance

    In this chapter we will show you how to calculate your Required Fall Clearance Distance (Measured from a Rigid Anchor Point). Learn about calculating fall distance using various fall protection products.
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Saves A Father's Life

    Last month, Tanner Kane, a worker with Apollo Incorporated, was using a bar to provide leverage for popping forms off the top of a retaining wall in Kennewick, WA. One minute he was working alongside his partner, the next, he'd vanished, catapulted clear over the thirty foot wall.
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