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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

July 14, 2015

In this issue:

 

Construction Q&A: Who can be a qualified rigger?

Q We are planning on performing our own rigging on a steel-erection project in the near future. Who can be a qualified rigger? Also, is there a requirement that the rigger qualification be nationally recognized?

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Construction Q&A: Using compressed air cleaning for cleaning concrete forms

Q What are Oregon OSHA's requirements for using compressed air to clean out concrete forms? It appears that federal OSHA allows cleaning forms with more than 30 psi as long as there is a relief valve and chip protection. I'm not sure I understand what chip protection is either.

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How do you identify hazards? Here are six things you can do

If you want to prevent accidents from happening, you have to know how to identify workplace hazards. Basically, a hazard is something that can affect your employee's safety or health. Workplace hazards have many sources, but they are not infinite and you can control if you can identify them and determine how they can harm your employees. Sources of hazards include tools and equipment, substances, materials, energy, conditions, processes, and work practices.

Here are six things you can do to identify hazards and make your workplace safer:

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Behind the wheel and distracted to death

"All together now, one two, three… Keep your mind on your driving… keep your hands on the wheel… Keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead…" Paul Evans & The Curls got the message at least partially right back in September 1959 with the pop hit, "Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat)." But today, the message is serious: visual, manual, and cognitive distractions all play a role in car crashes.

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Watch out for overhead power lines

In theory, overhead power lines are designed so that there is sufficient clearance between the energized conductors and the ground – but in practice, the outcomes are different. Nationwide, overhead power line injuries have outnumbered all other types of electrical injury since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking these cases in 1992. Even a low-voltage shock can kill, but overhead power lines are routinely operated at voltages exceeding 765,000 volts between conductors.

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