Warren’s Words of Wisdom: Spend A Little Time Looking Around the Shop

warren_words_wisdom_LogoSpend A Little Time Looking Around the Shop

I’ll go out on a limb and guess you may be having to be creative about how you get your work done during this current situation and you may have some time to spend looking around the garage/shop. When things are busy, unsafe conditions can inadvertently be allowed to build up and become part of the normal. You probably have a few things that you’ve been telling yourself, like “We’ll get to that one day” or “Should really have that fixed.”

When was the last time anyone did a full safety inspection of the garage and shop? Be honest now, has it been over a year, or since your mother-in-law said she liked you? I’ll bet you a dozen glazed Krispy Kreme’s (the world’s BEST doughnuts) that it’s been too long since you really did a detailed comprehensive safety inspection. Well, now’s as good a time as any, and to help you do a thorough job, I am providing a link to a checklist UConn created that’s pretty good and free. Your garage may have extras that aren’t covered by the checklist, but you’ll be able to identify those unique to your situations and handle them.

General Workplace Health & Safety Inspection Checklist

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  • Does everyone know how to use the eye wash station?
  • Is your eye wash station covered in dust and dirt?
  • Does it have fresh water, or are there small fish in the tank?
  • How long do you flush?

I am a big fan of inspections of slings and rigging equipment. Think about how you treat your rigging equipment (not well)—and then you expect it to lift heavy things and not fail, dropping those heavy things on you. ALL rigging equipment must have a tag/marking telling you the rating of the piece (OSHA). Here’s a great clip to watch to help you identify what to look for and links to additional information.

The 6 Most Common Problems Found During a Rigging Gear Inspection

Anything look familiar? (these are bad by the way)

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A Very Near Miss – The situation depicted below shows a down wire (23K kV) that was lying on a fire hydrant and setting fire to grass. The fire hydrant is connected to a steel water main, and the entire water main was energized. The volunteer fire company stopped at the next fire hydrant beyond the second white house and was in the process of flaking out hose, when the Fire Marshall recognized the electrical hazard and stopped the hose team from touching the fire hydrant. Once Ever source arrived and made the situation safe, the hose team was able to connect and put out the grass fire.

Great situational awareness and hazard recognition by the Fire Marshall, he saved lives!!

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You know your boss may not like you when…

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he wears the hearing protection and doesn’t give you any!
Stay healthy, my friends!

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