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Safety Around the Worksite

Don't start a project without safety being a priority. Safety strengthens your worker's security, it keeps your projects on schedule and it improves the reputation of your organization. Listed below are just a few safety precautions to follow:

Ensure workers are wearing high visibility clothing around vehicles or heavy machinery. You want to make sure that they can be easily seen by drivers and machine operators.

Ensure workers are never positioned between moving and fixed objects such as vehicles, falling or swinging loads and heavy machinery.

Avoid areas where work is being performed above and always wear a hard hat while in these situations.

Shut down equipment before doing repairs or inspections, check wheels on equipment that could move or roll and check to make sure vehicles are in safe operating condition before using.

Inspect power tools to ensure protective guards are in place and that they are in proper working condition.

Always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment when using power tools (safety glasses, goggles, face shield). In general, ensure you are wearing the proper personal protective equipment for your worksite and job.

Stay well outside the swing radius of heavy equipment such as cranes. Again, you want to make sure you are visible to the operator.

Ensure workers attend regular safety training sessions and that only those with the proper training can operate heavy equipment.

Make sure all safety devices on your equipment are in good working order.

These are some basic safety protocols for the construction jobsite; however, these types of accidents can happen in any workplace. Here are some other suggestions you may want to build into your safety and health program.

  • Securely, and neatly, store loose materials
  • Ensure items stored at a height are secure
  • Open one filing cabinet drawer at a time to prevent a tip-over
  • Always walk behind moving equipment when possible
  • Use extra caution around corners and near doorway.
  • Ensure you have the proper safety training needed for your workplace and your job
Winter Driving

Although employers cannot control roadway conditions, they can promote safe driving behavior by ensuring workers: recognize the hazards of winter weather driving, for example, driving on snow/ice covered roads; are properly trained for driving in winter weather conditions; and are licensed (as applicable) for the vehicles they operate. For information about driving safely during the winter, visit OSHA's Safe Winter Driving page.

Employers should set and enforce driver safety policies. Employers should also implement an effective maintenance program for all vehicles and mechanized equipment that workers are required to operate. Crashes can be avoided.

Employers should ensure properly trained workers' inspect the following vehicle systems to determine if they are working properly:

  • Brakes: Brakes should provide even and balanced braking. Also check that brake fluid is at the proper level.
  • Cooling System: Ensure a proper mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water in the cooling system at the proper level.
  • Electrical System: Check the ignition system and make sure that the battery is fully charged and that the connections are clean. Check that the alternator belt is in good condition with proper tension.
  • Engine: Inspect all engine systems.
  • Exhaust System: Check exhaust for leaks and that all clamps and hangers are snug.
  • Tires: Check for proper tread depth and no signs of damage or uneven wear. Check for proper tire inflation.
  • Oil: Check that oil is at proper level.
  • Visibility Systems: Inspect all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window), and wipers. Install winter windshield wipers.

An emergency kit with the following items is recommended in vehicles:

  • Cellphone or two-way radio
  • Windshield ice scraper
  • Snow brush
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Tow chain
  • Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)
  • Emergency flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Road maps
  • Blankets, change of clothes
Brandon Black - (515) 577-5198 or Brandon@IowaCSSI.com 
Michael Messer - (319) 572-3595 or Michael@IowaCSSI.com
Mark Wieland - (515) 577-7622 or Mark@IowaCSSI.com
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