Orange as far as the eye can see. Road construction projects are everywhere. In fact, there may not be a single road that isn’t getting some much needed attention.Read More
Automotive mechanical repair shops have many exposures. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the exposures for internal operations, as well as hazards to the general public, customers, and employees.
Here are some of the ways you can protect your employees, customers, and property:Read More
When I visit machine shops or manufacturers, I often ask many questions related to the lockout/tagout program. I usually hear, “Uh huh, yep, we have one of those,” but see no evidence of the employees’ using their lockout/tagout devices. Sometimes, I’ll even hear, “Lockout what?”
Lockout/tagout is a safety procedure used to ensure that employees are protected from the unexpected power or start up of machinery and equipment during service or maintenance work. Lockout/tagout devices must be used before servicing or maintaining machinery or equipment, when hazardous energy exists, or if an unexpected start-up could occur. The lockout not only prevents machinery from being turned, it prevents machinery and equipment parts from moving. The tagout provides a warning. Many kinds of equipment require a lockout/tagout device, including presses, power saws, conveyors, pumps, production equipment, and trash compactors.Read More
With the holidays quickly approaching, many retail stores look forward to the extra boost in sales this busy season brings. Unfortunately, the extra busyness of the season can sometimes cause problems for store owners. Here are some tips to help get retail stores through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.Read More
Mike was still a young man the day his life changed forever. He was working at a residential construction site. He and his coworkers were laying out walls on the floor of the new home and Mike was taking measurements near the edge of the second story. No one knows exactly what happened, but he fell over the edge and landed on construction materials 22 feet below. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a paralyzed from the waist down. This is an actual West Bend work comp claim. If a fall protection system had been in place, it could have been prevented.
Auto mechanics and repair technicians are exposed to many hazards in their jobs. This includes slips and falls, particles in the eye, cuts, and burns from hot car parts. One of the most serious hazards, however, is often overlooked. This is exposure to friable asbestos from friction wear of brake pads/shoes and internal clutch parts. Aftermarket parts often manufactured overseas typically contain higher asbestos content, along with older model vehicle parts or used parts obtained from auto salvage yards.