It's Just The Smart Thing To Do - 12/10/2018

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Monday, December 10, 2018


It's Just The Smart Thing To Do

If you happened to catch last week’s Safety E-QuickTip I said to prevent accidents in the workplace, safety is one of those things we must always consider in all that we do, all day, every day or we find ourselves shortcutting safety procedures.

Well, this week I looked out the front window of my home and saw a roofing contractor replacing the shingles on my neighbor’s roof, and what did I see?

Four men on the roof stripping off the old shingles with no fall protection and a person working down below working without a hard hat.

Apparently, they didn’t read last week’s Safety E-QuickTips.

Now, I know this was not a steep sloped roof. In fact it was only about a 4X12 pitch – one that most contractors would feel comfortable working on without any form of fall protection, but per OSHA, fall protection is required even in residential construction except . . .

“When the employer can demonstrate that it is infeasible or creates a greater hazard to use these systems, the employer shall develop and implement a fall protection plan which meets the requirements of paragraph (k) of 1926.502.”

In this case I can tell you without a doubt that fall protection was feasible.

I forgot to mention one other thing that was going on that day. It had snowed the night before and there was about a half inch on the roof when they started that morning.Not only that, but there were flurries through the day, so this made the process of working on the roof a little more of a challenge since I could see the men were slipping a bit as they walked across the roof.

As for the person working on the ground without a hard hat, again I understand that the odds of something coming off the roof, such as a shingle stripping shovel or old shingles with nails, is slim but if something did, especially one of those shovels -that could cause a serious head injury.

I am happy to say that no one fell off the roof that day and no one was struck by any material below, but this was truly a case where not one person on that job had any real concern for their safety or the safety of others working.

Please take a moment and consider your safety and that of others in all that you do this holiday season and the upcoming new year –

It’s just the smart and right thing to do.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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