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7 Workplace Safety Tips that Every Employee Must Know

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If employers are to believe, then nothing in a workplace is more embarrassing and unfortunate than employees getting injured on the job. And not only is this scenario tough for the employers, but it is also disturbing for the entire team of employees and the management.

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SAFETY CODE FOR HANDLING AND STORAGE OF BUILDING MATERIALS

When manually moving materials, employees should seek help when a load is so bulky it cannot be properly grasped or lifted, when they cannot see around or over it, or when they cannot safely handle the load.Handles or holders should be attached to loads to reduce the chances of getting fingers pinched or smashed. Workers also should use appropriate protective equipment. For loads with sharp or rough edges, wear gloves or other hand and forearm protection. In addition, to avoid injuries to the eyes, use eye protection. Source: SAFETY CODE FOR HANDLING AND STORAGE OF BUILDING MATERIALS

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Up in smoke? How to carry out a fire risk assessment

Fire Safety’Fires need three things to start – a source of ignition (heat), a source of fuel (something that burns) and oxygen:
sources of ignition include heaters, lighting, naked flames, electrical equipment, smokers’ materials (cigarettes, matches etc), and anything else that can get very hot or cause sparks, sources of fuel include wood, paper, plastic, rubber or foam, loose packaging materials, waste rubbish and furniture, sources of oxygen include the air around us.

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Health and Safety, Industries, Management Skills, Professional Skills, Risk Assessment

Worker Crushed to Death by 3,000-Pound Concrete form: $135K OSHA Fine

A Wisconsin company faces a $135,804 OSHA fine in connection with a worker’s death in August. A 3,000-pound concrete form fell on the worker and crushed him to death.
OSHA issued two citations to Huffcutt Concrete of Chippewa Falls:
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 A General Duty Clause willful citation: One of the two hooks on a hoist wasn’t fully fastened in place and was missing a safety latch, causing it to fall on worker Otto Kolpien, crushing and instantly killing him ($126,749), anda serious violation for not conducting a periodic inspection of energy control procedures ($9,055).

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Understanding Occupational Safety and Health in India

A massive percentage of 63.6% individuals are of working age group, out of which, 90 percent are currently working in the informal economies of agricultural and service sector. Only a minimal number of 10 percent is working under some organized sectors like industry, mining, etc. In recent times, the nation has also witnessed the rise of some new service industries like IT and BPO. With a population exceeding 1.2 billion in numbers, India is not only one of the largest growing democracy and economy in the world but also a land full of opportunities. Continue reading “Understanding Occupational Safety and Health in India”