April 20, 2015
Consider this scenario:
A boom lift runs over a can of spray adhesive at a busy construction site. At the same time, a worker is doing a welding task on an open floor directly above the boom lift. A welding spark falls to the ground and ignites the vapor from the spray adhesive.
It's an unlikely event, but it happened. Fortunately, there was a fire watchman on the site who was able to extinguish the fire and there were no injuries. What's the takeaway message? Debris and other waste material increase the risk of an accident. Reduce the risk by cleaning up and disposing of waste on a regular schedule.
Of course, all of your answers should be "yes."
Oregon OSHA's construction rules that cover housekeeping include 1926.20, General safety and health provisions; 1926.25, Housekeeping; 1926.51, Sanitation; 1926.250, General requirements for storage; and 1926.252, Disposal of waste materials.
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