Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Preventing Repetitive Motion Injury - On the job tool box talks

Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome result from performing a task or motion repeatedly without giving the body time to rest, recuperate and repair from the activity. These injuries may also be increased by awkward positions or postures, vibration, and using hands to pound or push on things. Other common repetitive motion injuries also include tennis elbow, bursitis of shoulder, hips, and/or knees and tendonitis.

How to apply prevention strategies:


You need to warm up muscles before use. Doing a quick five minute exercise can prevent repetitive motion injuries. Almost any stretching regime will help.


Extend and stretch both wrists and fingers acutely as if they are in a hand‐stand position. Hold for a count of 5.

Straighten both wrists and relax fingers.

Make a tight fist with both hands

Then bend both fist done while maintaining the fist. Hold for 5.

Straighten both wrists and relax fingers hold for 5.

Repeat 10 times then relax arms to side and shake out fingers.

Use the right tool
- Handles should be comfortable and fit to the individual. Modifications with foam, tape or other materials can be used to improve comfort of grips. Broken or damaged grips are usually bad from an ergonomic standpoint and should be replaced.

- Keep bladed tools sharp. This will decrease resistance and muscle strain.

Watch the pace
- Mix things up. Try to avoid doing the same repetitive activity for more than 20 minutes or so. Take a break and stretch, clean up scrap, inspect work or other activity to give your muscles a change and/or rest.

- Try not to rush. Pushing speed will increase muscle strain and increase chance of other accidents. Listen to your body

- Muscle pain is a warning. Don’t ignore it.

- Change your position, stretch, modify tool handle or just take a break when your muscles start hurting. You may be preventing a serious accident.

This information is provided by: Assurance Agency

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Falling Object Protection

The OSHA fall protection rule also covers falling object protection. The rule requires your employer to take measures to protect you from falling objects.

Hard hats are the number one defense against overhead hazards including falling objects. However, hard hats are not enough. An additional method of protection must be used when there are employees working or walking below.

Falling object protection alternatives
OSHA provides a number of falling object protection methods to select from, depending on your company’s need. The choices are toeboards and screens, guardrails, canopies, signs, barricades, or simply moving objects away from the edge.

Falling object protection methods
Guardrails — When guardrails are used to prevent materials from falling from one level to another, any openings must be small enough to prevent passage of potential falling objects.

Toeboards — When toeboards are used as protection from falling objects, they must be erected along the edges of the overhead walking/working surface for a distance sufficient to protect persons working below.

To ensure a toeboard can stop falling objects, it must be capable of withstanding a force of at least 50 pounds applied in any downward or outward direction anywhere along the toeboard.

Toeboards must be a minimum of 3.5 inches tall, have no more than 0.25 inches clearance above the surface, and be solid or have openings no larger than one inch.

Where tools, equipment, or materials are piled higher than the top edge of a toeboard, panelling or screening must be erected from the walking/working surface or toeboard to the top of a guardrail’s top rail or midrail, for a distance sufficient to protect employees below.

Materials storage — To prevent tripping hazards, no materials or equipment, except masonry and mortar, can be stored within 4 feet of working edges.

Excess mortar, broken or scattered masonry units, and all other materials and debris must be kept clear of your working area. Remove these materials regularly.

During roofing work, materials and equipment cannot be stored within 6 feet of a roof edge unless guardrails are erected at the edge. Materials near a roof edge must be stable and self-supporting.

Canopies — When used as a protection from falling objects, canopies must be strong enough to prevent collapse or penetration by objects that may fall onto them.

Being hit by falling objects at construction sites is not only possible but probable at some point in your career. Being prepared is the best defense against serious injury.

This information is provided by: Assurance Agency

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Silica Hazard​ in Construction

This course is designed to assist contractors with the new OSHA Silica Health Standard for Construction, 29 CFR 1926.1153.
This course will cover the following topics representing the sections of the standard:

    Scope and Definitions
    Specified & Alternative Exposure Controls
    Respiratory Protection
    Written Exposure Control Plan
    Medical Requirements
    Communication of Hazard

At the end of this class each student will be able to:

    Identify the tasks performed by their employees covered by the standard
    Select which exposure control plans are needed for each identified task
    Select the appropriate respirator (if needed) for each identified task
    Draft a written exposure control plan
    List the medical surveillance requirements
    Draft methods of communicating the hazards of silica to their employees
    List the recordkeeping requirements

Classes will be held on:

March 21
April 11
May 2
June 21
July 11


Monday, February 20, 2017

Fall Protection for Walking/Working Surfaces

There’s a new OSHA general industry standard for walking/working surfaces and fall protection. These new rules will cover all permanent places of employment, i.e., contractor shops, garage areas and general facility operations. New fall protection options are now available for employees who perform infrequent and temporary work on low-slope roofs and expect the phase-out of cages and wells for fall protection on fixed ladders over 24 feet.

Most of the rule will become effective 60 days (January 2017) after publication in the Federal Register, but some provisions have delayed effective dates, including:

  • Ensuring exposed workers are trained on fall hazards (6 months),
  • Ensuring workers who use equipment covered by the final rule are trained (6 months),
  • Inspecting and certifying permanent anchorages for rope descent systems (1 year),
  • Installing personal fall arrest or ladder safety systems on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections, including fixed ladders on outdoor advertising structures (2 years),
  • Ensuring existing fixed ladders over 24 feet, including those on outdoor advertising structures, are equipped with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system, or ladder safety system (2 years), and
  • Replacing cages and wells (used as fall protection) with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 feet (20 years).

Come learn how these rules affect your business; get up to date and don’t fall behind in compliance.

Students will receive a picture ID card and a copy of the new standard.

Member Price:
Open Class:   $175 per person
Private Class: $150 per person for 10 or more

Non-member Price:
Open Class:   $275 per person
Private Class: $235 per person for 10 or more

Next class is February 28, more dates:
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19

Visit to register for an open enrollment class online or to schedule a private class please contact Callie Cordoba, Operations Manager at 708-449-8600x214.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sponsorships are still available for the 2017 Construction Safety Conference

Join this unique opportunity to sponsor the Construction Safety Conference!

Download the Sponsor Form. 

Breakfast Sponsor Monday (4 available) - $250           
Breakfast Sponsor Tuesday (4 available) - $250               
Session Sponsor Monday (5 available, 1 sponsor per room) - $250               
Session Sponsor Tuesday (5 available, 1 sponsor per room) - $250    
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Construction Safety Council, 4415 W. Harrison St., Suite 404, Hillside, IL 60162 ** Fax 708-449-8604

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