Whether a breaker has tripped and the power is out or you need to turn off the power to an electrical system, checking and resetting switches is a simple process. Watch this brief video to learn how to check the breaker box in your office trailer.
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There’s little doubt that the drones are here to stay for construction. Though their safe and legal use among other air traffic and over pedestrian areas is a growing concern. The Drone Act is part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2012. It requires the FAA to “fully integrate the use of drones into U.S. airspace by 2015.” Several regulations have been passed as a result. Here’s what you need to know before using a drone on a construction site.
Know Before You Fly
FAA has enacted strict regulations regarding the commercial and private use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones in all shapes and sizes, including remote Read more
As more construction firms consider using drones for information gathering, many are wondering what’s next for drones in construction? The latest construction-specific drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), can be programmed to fly over construction zones to capture birds-eye-view photos and video that can be used for site selection, surveying and visual project updates. Some drones can even send collected information directly to related construction software for use in 3D modeling.
As drone technology becomes more advanced and less expensive, questions rise regarding additional uses for UAVs. Here are few to consider:
Using Drones to Identify Potential Safety Hazards
Daily safety meetings are standard on many jobsites. Consider the benefits of daily Read more
- Stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop.
- Have a working ABC, UL fire extinguisher in the kitchen and remember the acronym P.A.S.S.
- Pull the pin.
- Aim the spray nozzle at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the nozzle to spray the contents.
- Sweep back and forth as you spray the base of the fire.
- Keep a fire-resistant oven mitt close to your cooking area. If a fire starts in a pan, use the oven mitt to pick up the lid and cover the fire. Turn off the stove and do not remove the lid until the pan has cooled.
- In the case of an oven fire, keep the oven door closed and turn off the oven to prevent flames from spreading. If the fire does not go out quickly, call 9-1-1.
- Never wear loose clothing while cooking as it can catch fire from hot burners or open flames.
- Make sure a kitchen smoke alarm is installed and in good working condition before you start cooking.
- Never pour water on a grease fire as it is likely to spread. Using a fire-resistant oven mitt, carefully cover the pan, turn off the burner and wait until the pan has cooled before you remove it.
- Turn pot handles inward to avoid spills that commonly result in burns.
- Never put glass dishes or lids on a stove top. They can overheat and explode.
- Unplug small appliances when not in use.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
The construction industry is changing faster than ever. Customer expectations and competition are driving firms to evolve quickly or fail. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Several emerging trends are changing construction firms for the better. Others, however, are keeping the industry from meeting rising demands. Construction Dive recently published the article 10 Trends Defining the Construction Industry. We thought you might find her list interesting. Here’s a brief look at some of her top picks, along with a few of our own.
It’s the one trend everyone is talking about. Construction needs more workers to keep up with demand. Contractors had 143,000 unfilled jobs in June of this year, according to the Read more
The heat is on. And anyone working outdoors or in confined spaces is at risk for heat-related illness, such as heat stroke. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is combating heat illness with an App that gives iPhone and Android users real-time analysis of rising temps.
According to OSHA, the App calculates the heat index and displays a risk level for outdoor workers. The App also lists preventative measures that should be taken to protect workers at risk and the symptoms of heat-related illness.
The OSHA App changes to red
in “Extreme Risk” situations.
Eliminating hazards in the factory or on the jobsite can be as easy as selecting the best tool for the job. As we recognize National Safety Month, here are a couple tools that can reduce your risk without blowing your budget.
Cutters with “Smart Knife Technology” retract the blade automatically when it loses contact with the material it’s cutting. The blade will self-retract even if the user tries to override the safety system by leaving the slider in the forward position. Cutters with Smart Knife Technology cost slightly more than conventional cutters but can prevent injuries making them well worth the investment.
This may be the easiest way to prevent falling object injuries on a worksite. Tool lanyards are elastic straps that connect tools to a tool belt or personal fall protection.
Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries:
- Use tool lanyards.
- Keep all material at least 3 feet from a leading edge, other than material specifically required for work in process.
- Remove items from loose or unsealed pockets, especially top shirt pockets, such as phones, pens, and tools.
- Do not hang objects over guardrails.
- Secure all objects when working on an elevated surface.
- Ensure toe boards are present and inspect toe boards frequently. They should be at least 4 inches high and continuous. 4 inches is the minimum height with a maximum ¼-inch clearance from the working surface.
- Require hardhats and other relevant PPE for everyone in areas at risk for falling objects—no exceptions. Make sure that this is effectively communicated.
- Rope off the area, if possible, where fall/drop hazards may exist – especially if work is being performed on a ladder.
- Work as a team to avoid complacency and remain vigilant of these procedures at all times.
- Ensure hardhats and other required PPE is inspected prior to use and is used in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.