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  • This is Only Temporary: Temporary Worker Safety

    How many times have you heard this line? I know I’ve used it myself at home when
    explaining my way out of something I just did or committed to. In Industry however, the use and definition of temporary connotes something completely different as it refers to workers and their hiring status. The temporary worker or “temp” as they are referred to, fill a need in the workplace for those companies not yet ready to commit to a long term employee status, especially if business is cyclical or if growth is actually sustainable. This also gives them the opportunity to see if the new temp hire will be a fit in their employee profile. Over the last several years temp agencies have grown in number by leaps and bounds, creating a whole new segment of workers in our society. These workers are not always treated with the respect they deserve, especially regarding their safety. Employers are responsible for ensuring the training and safety of the new temp hire.

    Below please read the latest news release form OSHA, NIOSH regarding temporary workers

    Aug. 25, 2014temporary worker safety

    Contact: Office of Communications
    Phone: 202-693-1999

    OSHA, NIOSH announce recommended practices to protect temporary
    workers' safety and health

    WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job.

    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels made the announcement today at the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association annual conference in National Harbor, Md. The new Recommended Practices publication highlights the joint responsibility of the staffing agency and host employer to ensure temporary workers are provided a safe work environment.

    "An employer's commitment to the safety of temporary workers should not mirror these workers' temporary status," said Dr. Michaels. "Whether temporary or permanent, all workers always have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Staffing agencies and the host employers are joint employers of temporary workers and both are responsible for providing and maintaining safe working conditions. Our new Recommended Practices publication highlights this joint responsibility."

    Temporary workers are at increased risk of work-related injury and illness. OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, launched last year, includes outreach, training and enforcement to assure that temporary workers are protected in their workplaces. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated many reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, some in their first days on the job. The Recommended Practices publication focuses on ensuring that temporary workers receive the same training and protection that existing workers receive.

    "Workers sent by a staffing agency to a worksite deserve the same level of protection from workplace hazards as the host employer's workers do," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "Recognizing that temporary workers are often new to the workplace to which they are sent, we believe these recommended practices will provide a strong foundation for host employers and staffing agencies to work together to provide a comprehensive program that protects the safety and health of all workers."

    The new guidance recommends that staff agency/host employer contracts clearly define the temporary worker's tasks and the safety and health responsibilities of each employer. Staffing agencies should maintain contact with temporary workers to verify that the host has fulfilled its responsibilities for a safe workplace.

    Make sure to check out the recommended practices publication for temporary workers and these additional resources on temporary workers.

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

    As an employer this includes temp agencies. Make sure you provide the safety orientation relevant to your industry. The news release you’ve just read is good news for all of us as it will continue to pay dividends not only in dollar savings but also in the prevention of needless injury, and the continued growth of a safety culture. So from this blogger “Make it a Safe Day!

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  • I Can't Believe I Didn't See Him

    I’m sure all of us have muttered those words at least once in our lives. Sometimes we were more surprised and startled by the discovery than our potential victims. At times it can be quite comical, but conversely there are times when it can lead to an injury or worse it can be fatal.

    I often see walkers and bike riders wearing what appears to be industrial or public agency3m-reflective-mesh-vest high visibility safety vests, or tees. OK, so it’s not very fashionable, but what a great idea! My wife and I are both walkers and cyclers, and are taking the plunge into the fashion world of Hi-Vis safety.

    So how do we as safety advocates know when it’s appropriate to advise on the use of or type of Hi-Vis clothing? The ANSI/SEA 107-2010 Standard is the place to find your answers.  According to ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) "High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear is an industry consensus standard that specifies requirements for apparel and headwear that is capable of visually signaling the user's presence.” The standard also specifies the types, classes and colors of high-visibility safety garments required based on wearer’s activities and nearby vehicle and equipment speeds. For more information regarding the regulation please visit their website.

    Garments are the same. There are performance classes either 1,2, or 3 and they are defined by the total area of visible background and retro reflective material. These classes are directly proportional to the environment and hazard the wearer is going to be exposed to. So, a hazard analysis should be performed by a competent person as defined by OSHA, and in accordance with the “General Duty Clause”. The higher the class number, the greater the hazard or risk associated with the garment worn.

    For example:

    Class 3, the highest risk, your worker needs to be visible through a full range of body motions from a minimum distance of 1280 feet. These workers include EMTs, utility works, flaggers, etc.

    Class 2 Hi-Vis Safety Garments are worn by those workers exposed to traffic moving in excess of 25mph, or if the environmental background is more diverse. These workers include roadway construction, crossing guards, first responders and utility crews.

    While a Class 1 garment is for use where equipment speeds do not exceed 25mph like parking lot attendants, or warehouse ops.

    As for myself and my wife I think we’ll opt for class 2. Now if we can just get the designer version. Make sure to check out our assortment of Safety Gear and from everyone at SafetyInstruction.com, make it a Safe Day!

  • Public Agency Safety: A Tribute to the Garbage Man

    I grew up in a small town in North Central Wisconsin. Not saying that I’m completely grown up even today, but that’s where the process started. .Harry Truman was president then followed by Dwight Eisenhower.  Everybody knew everybody. You didn’t need cleats or a uniform to play ball. A ball with all the strings on it was prized, and the baseball bat was usually cracked, nailed and taped. The police chief was nick named “Fuzzy,” I never did know his real name.

    A real interesting group was the village crew and most of them had nick names as well. Garbage Man Crackerjack was the driver for the garbage truck. He was a really, really big fella, but had a smile that didn’t quit. If you had something that needed special attention, or something that was really heavy, you just left a six pack beside it to thank them. As the truck drove by we would tease them as the one on the back was hanging on for dear life. We were reminded by our parents that that is something you didn’t want to do for a living, as if there was a stigma about working in that vocation. These guys worked hard in all kinds of weather and usually retired with bad backs.

    All of that has changed since then. The work is still hard, but the idea of working for a public agency has risen, and the career is now a good choice for pay and benefits. The technology is vastly improved and the equipment is better suited to the task. Refuse collection is now a one man job here in our village, and he doesn’t get out of the truck.  Education and training is far more important for this generation of public employees, and safety has stepped to the forefront.

    These men and women are responsible for our public sanitation, the way our cities, villages, and parks look, road work and flagger safety, storm cleanup, and water and sewer plant safety, Does anyone know what a Hydro Vacuum Truck is? Then there is the illusive dog bite just lurking around the corner. So many things complex ,and some so simple. There is a myriad of hazards involved in being a part of a Public Agency and all require training, and or licensing for not just their safety but ours. I think about them when I hear the snowplow at 4 in the morning. These men and women deserve our thanks and respect for their dedication. Thank them when you get a chance.

  • It's That Time of the Year: Refresher Training

    Yesterday I checked my calendar only to discover that summer is rapidly coming to a close and school doors will be open again in three short weeks. Parents will again be sending the kids back to the classroom for more training and retraining, as I’m sure some of what they learned was left on the sandlot. Later my wife and I were out to dinner and during the course of ordering our waitress announced our choice of potatoes. I opted for the “Twice Baked”. Well of course I had to ask if they weren’t baked right the first time. I thought my wife was going to get up and leave, she told the bemused waitress not to pay attention to me. I ordered the “American Fries.”

    Safety training is much the same. Of course the training is done once but additional trainingtraining is important and retraining reinforces the previous training. Just like the twice baked potatoes the potato was good before but now it’s mashed we add a little chive and cheese and its even better. You send the kids to school for the same reason. “Back to School time” is a good reminder for all of us in safety to take a look at our training programs and retraining where necessary and  required by OSHA standards. To keep your training current, review your past training log  as well as updating or auditing your hazard assessment. If you have an LMS (Learning Management System) reviewing your training log should be simple and automatic.

    OSHA does require retraining in some areas for example if Asbestos is a part of your hazard assessment then annual retraining is required, Fork lift training is every three years unless the application or equipment has changed or the operator has had a problem then retraining is required. BBP Blood Borne Pathogens, is an annual requirement, Fire Extinguishers, Hearing Protection, LOTO when there is a change, Confined Space Entry, Respirators, are all annual trainings. Hazcom is another one if a new hazard is introduced. This is also a good time of the year to think about adding new topics and take a look at your 2015 budget process.

    I didn’t say put the boat away or cover up the grill yet or not plan a weekend outing in the mountains. Enjoy the rest of summer, do a little fishing  or plan a picnic, and if you’ve never had twice baked potatoes give them a try.

  • Hand Signals: Mixed Signals with Unintended Consequences

    Early in my life I quickly learned the value of signals. I learned the difference in a smiling
    face, and a scowling face, someone waving with all five fingers or just one. Then of course there was the whole dating thing, and a whole new set of signals, including mixed signals which can have unintended consequences. Riding your bike is popular again, so along with your helmet, there are ways to alert motorists of your intention to; 1.) right turn, left arm out from your side and 90 degree angle up at the elbow, like waving, and use all five fingers. 2.) left turn, left arm straight out from your side. 3.) slow down or stop, left arm out away from your side and forearm down. Don’t be embarrassed to use these, and teach your children early by example, but it’s never too late to start though, and please wear your bike helmet. You could save a life.

    In the world of industry signals are just as, or even more important. The role of hand and hand signalsbody signals play a very important role in, crane, mobile lift cranes, overhead crane, aerial lifts, bucket and boom truck safety. Much like traffic signals the operator must be completely aware of his surroundings, and signals given by the signal caller on the ground. Both the caller and driver must work together in harmony trusting one another, like dating. The signals will tell the driver to stop, reverse, move ahead slowly or by inches, raise the load, lower the load, or move it right or left even by inches. Disaster can be the consequence of “Mixed signals.” Both must be aware of the hazards on and above the ground. A sight survey should be standard procedure prior to performing any job, and a safety check on the equipment is an absolute must! In 2006 there were 72 crane –related fatal occupational injuries as reported by the bureau of labor statistics. As of November 2010 signalers and riggers must be qualified, so make sure your driver and signaler are competent and have the proper qualification training. There are new rules for crane operators as well, which will be effective as of November 10, 2014. With several rules in place and new ones being put into effect, it is important to have an OSHA compliant plan in case accidents do happen.

    Whether its signals in industry, at home, on the street or classroom, it’s not just about red lights, green lights or the law which could hold you accountable for not knowing them.  It’s about respect for what they mean and why they are important to us.

  • Tuberculosis: The White Plague

    Much has been written about tuberculosis or the ”White Plague” named so because it made the patient appear pale. It earned its place in history because it dates back to early man, and wherever they migrated they took their diseases with them.  Like its symptoms seen below this disease just seems to be persistent, and just doesn’t want to go away. In the 1800’s into the early 1900’s tuberculosis or TB  killed more people than any other disease. My grandfather Gus succumbed to the disease, where he was confined to what was termed a “sanitorium”.

    By the mid 50’s it appeared that significant progress had been made in treating the disease
    and even thought that it might be eradicated. However, in the mid 80’s, TB made a comeback. In America today it is estimated that 10 to 15 million people carry the Latent TB virus with 20,000 new active cases a year. Worldwide the numbers are considerably worse, and TB is in the top 15 leading causes of death!!

    I do rely on the Center for Disease Control for information. Below you’ll find a short synopsis of the disease including symptoms which they have provided..

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of TB.

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. The TB bacteria usually attack the lungs, but can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

    Symptoms of TB Disease

    Symptoms of TB disease depend on where in the body the TB bacteria are growing. TB disease symptoms may include:

    *A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer tuberculosis
    *Pain in the chest
    *Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
    *Weakness or fatigue
    *Weight loss
    *No appetite
    *Chills
    *Fever
    *Sweating at night

    TB is NOT spread by

    *Shaking someone's hand
    *Sharing food or drink
    *Touching bed linens or toilet seats
    *Sharing toothbrushes
    *Kissing

    If you think you may have been exposed to someone with TB disease, contact your health care provider or your local or state TB control office to schedule a TB test, either a TB blood test or tuberculin skin test.

    At Safetyinstruction.com we are not just concerned with job hazards but with the general health and well being of all. So this blog will continue to present information that we feel is pertinent, and should be a part of the discussion in keeping all safe, healthy and informed. Tuberculosis is a disease that you will want to take serious, and research vaccines available for its prevention.

    Information like this is only good if used. Take some time today, and keep you and your family safe from the perils of Tuberculosis.

     

  • Ergonomics: Can You Throw a Softball?

    Did this really exist 40 years ago? Just what is it and what does it mean to you?
    well here is a short but direct definition from “About home” ergonomics

    Definition: Ergonomics is the science of work.

    “Ergonomics derives from two Greek words: ergon, meaning work, and nomoi, meaning natural laws. Combined they create a word that means the science of work and a persons relationship to that work.

    In application, ergonomics is a discipline focused on making products and tasks comfortable and efficient for the user.

    Ergonomics is sometimes defined as the science of fitting the work to the user, instead of forcing the user to fit the work. However, this is more a primary ergonomic principle rather than a definition”.

    As a safety advocate I think we see a lot of the symptoms and results of poor ergonomics, and probably don’t give it much thought until you or an employee are on the way to the doctor or pharmacist for pain meds, surgery, or physical therapy. This can literally be a real pain in the tush (not the medical term). Take a look around your work space, or audit your surroundings. Are you standing, sitting, turning, bending, typing or keyboarding as they refer to it today, lifting, walking, staring into a monitor or computer screen, throwing a baseball? Yes I did play a little baseball.  What about repetitive motion? All of these conditions can lead to muscular and or skeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, eye strain, torn rotator cuff, or any of a dozen problems with your neck and  back. Yes I did have shoulder surgery.

    Avoiding these issues are solved by “Ergonomics.” Set up your workstation efficiently, choose the right chair and note the proper posture, and key board height, get up occasionally and stretch those back muscles and shoulders right down to your fingers. Standing? Start with proper footwear, and check out the cushioned anti-fatigue mats available today. Make sure your supplies are within easy reach to prevent twisting, so you’re not doing the “Beatles” old song “Twist and Shout”. Is lighting the issue? Have your health and safety person take a look at it for you. That’s a part of their job. If you have to lift? make sure you know the proper technique, lift with your legs not with your back or get the right equipment to do the lifting, pushing, or pulling for you. Putting a widget in a box all day? Check with your supervisor to see if you can rotate out to another job every couple of hours or so. If you recognize an issue, be proactive, don’t wait until you or your job jeopardizes your health.

    Whether you are in the office, the plant, laboratory at home in the kitchen, or are a softball player on weekends, learn how to throw a ball properly so you can play catch with the grandkids when you’re 63.

  • Mosquitoes: The New State Bird

    Summer is well, half over if you’re not counting the summer solstice which occurred just a few short weeks ago. The kids have only been out for summer break for 4 weeks, and already the back to school sales are chomping at the bit to take a bite out of mom and dad’s checkbook. Before we start that conversation however we should really consider a different type of bite– A Mosquito Bite –

    Here in Wisconsin we’ve had more than our share of rain, and of course with those MosquitoMosquito Bite Biteconditions come mosquitoes as they need standing water to breed. We’re thinking we might change our state bird. “Mother Nature Network” in an article by Melissa Breyer, gives us 10 interesting things you didn’t know about mosquitoes.

    1. The smell of chocolate confuses them
    The carbon dioxide we exhale excites and attracts mosquitoes, which is a bummer since we can’t exactly stop breathing to prevent their stealthy attacks. But researchers have found that certain scents – some of them minty, some fruity, and some that smell like caramelized chocolate – can stun the buzzing bugs’ carbon dioxide sensors, thus making it harder to find their next dinner.

    2. Mosquitoes buzz in our ears because …
    Mosquitoes can sense carbon dioxide up to 100 feet away. Since human beings exhale carbon dioxide through the nose and mouth, mosquitoes are attracted to our heads, perhaps leading to more incidents of “self-slapping while sleeping” than any other cause.

    3. Male mosquitoes are passive
    Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite animals and feed on blood; while they’re causing us misery, male mosquitoes are flitting about the flowers and feed on nectar.

    4. Viruses increase their bloodlust
    Female mosquitoes already have an unquenchable need for blood, but researchers have found that the dengue virus, which the mosquitoes transmit to humans, makes them even hungrier for the red stuff. The virus manipulates the insect’s genes to make them thirstier for blood; it also activates genes to increase the mosquitoes' sense of smell to become better hunters. (What a brilliant and creepy virus!)

    5. Parasites makes them go nuts for dirty socks
    Not only do parasites live on and feed from their hosts, but these clever creatures can manipulate the behavior of their hosts to increase their odds of spreading. Scientists have shown that mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite want longer and more frequent blood meals than non-infected mosquitoes, all to better the chance of getting a human host. Other research has found that mosquitoes with malaria are also drawn to the smell of human sweat; as was evidenced in experiments with the use of a well-worn sock.

    6. Mosquito spit is itchy
    When a mosquito has set her sights on a target, she hones in, dive-bombs, and inserts her wee little proboscis into the victim’s skin. As she sucks she leaves behind a dollop of saliva, which serves as an anticoagulant so that she may better feast. Unfortunately, most of us have a natural immune response to mosquito slobber that results in histamines and the dreaded itch.

    7. Not all mosquitoes carry West Nile virus
    Of the thousands of known mosquito species, the dreaded West Nile virus is found in around 60 of them. (It's also found in more than 200 vertebrates.) The virus usually cycles between Culex mosquito species and common urban birds like robins, northern cardinals and house sparrows. Nearly 80 percent of people who are infected with the virus will not show any symptoms, which range from mild irritation and stupor to coma and death.

    8. Alexander the Great may have died from a mosquito bite
    Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian Empire, never lost a battle and is considered one of history's most successful commanders, but he may have met his final defeat at the hands (or mouth) of a mosquito infected with West Nile virus. A paper published in 2003 argues that a lone mosquito infected with the virus was his ultimate undoing.

    9. They’re petite yet pokey
    An average mosquito weighs 2 to 2.5 milligrams, which would seem to enable them to fly more swiftly, but not so. Mosquitoes fly at speeds between 1 and 1.5 miles per hour, making them one of the slowest flying insects of all.

    10. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world
    Beware the dangers of tigers, sharks, snakes? Actually, fear the mosquito, the most lethal creature on the planet. More deaths are caused by mosquitoes than any other animal, thanks to bugs' aid in spreading malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis. A single malarial mosquito can infect more than 100 people; and according to the World Health Organization, malaria kills a child every 45 seconds in Africa.

    So there you have it, now what do we do to protect ourselves and family from the pesky little things:

    1. Don’t give them a place to breed. Eliminate standing water.
    2. They rest and hide during daylight hours in vegetation so keep your grass short and weeds etc trimmed.
    3. When going outdoors protect yourself and children with the use of a recommended repellant there are four repellants that have a been approved by the EPA: DEET, Picardin, oil of Lemon Eucalypyus, and IR3535.
    4. If entertaining or just relaxing outdoors place a fan or two on the deck as mosquitoes have a tough time in moving air.
    5. Protect yourself from being bitten and eliminate where they breed with the proper safety training.

    Further There are other insects you’ll want to protect yourself from and avoid like bees wasps and spiders, all of which present cause for concern to you, or someone you love. Now go out and make it a safe summer.

  • Safety Doesn’t Take Off the Fourth of July

    This past weekend we celebrated the 1st birthday of one of our grandchildren, but in addition we were treated to a wonderful parade and fireworks in Thiensville WI. It was completely “Americana.” The parade was complete with the American Legion color Guard, clowns, local, and high school marching bands, a band from Great Lakes Naval Academy, bag pipers, old cars, politicians, fire trucks and cotton candy vendors. Fireworks completed the day as we sat on a hillside overlooking the river and park where they were celebrating their annual pre Fourth of July civic celebration. I felt like I was in a story from mythical “Lake Wobegon” as told by Garrison Keillor.

    I would like to take this opportunity along with the team at www.SafetyInstruction.com to fourth of julyacknowledge and thank those brave souls who sought to find freedom on a new continent, a new land. It’s difficult enough to make a decision to move and buy a new house, but think about moving your family to an entirely new land. This country was not only dangerous, but getting there was even more treacherous, and life threatening. The only thing it promised was a new start. They all came for different reasons. Many came for religious freedom, some for farmland, some just for adventure, and gold. By 1770 more than 2 million people lived and worked in this great new land, but political oppression followed them here as well. On July fourth in the summer of 1776 thirteen colonies which were established had just about enough, and declared their independence from England. They declared their independence fought for and earned it.  We celebrate their resolve, the Declaration of Independence” and their world changing decision. A great nation was born, and we are a part of what it has to offer; -- Opportunity – Yes there continues to be struggles and some political challenges but where else can you do what you do. Work and live where you want. Practice your religion, have open debate, and guaranteed rights, as outlined by our preamble and constitution. Today we live in a mostly free and safe environment; it is our responsibility to protect not only this land but also the constitution which continues to serve all interests in its simplest form.

    One more item of discussion before you enjoy your holiday. Keep it safe. If you have fireworks, use them properly and within the limits of local ordinances, if you’re grilling out be prepared with your fire extinguisher, Drive carefully to and from home there will be a lot of traffic out there. Make sure your first aid kit is up to date and well stocked, as well as sunscreen, and insect repellant. Now get out your flag and display it where everybody can be proud.

  • Skid Steer Loader Like a Swiss Army Knife

    A skid steer is not a very complex piece of equipment, yet it is one of the most diverse Skid Steerworkhorses in the construction, logging, farming and landscape industry. It reminds me of a “Swiss army knife” several tools all in one pocket. I’ll admit this is a topic I’m a little short on experience, other than just plain common sense. So I’ve invited an expert who is involved in the manufacturing sector, building attachments for skid steers. Tom O’Brien is a partner on the sales and marketing team for Berlon Industries a “made in the USA” manufacturer who provides a wide array of attachments for the skid steer industry, including for www.skidsteers.com . Below you’ll find Tom’s thoughts on Skid Steer loader safety. If you would like to contact Tom direct, he can be e-mailed at marketing@berlon.com.

    Skid Steer Loader Safety

    "A skid steer loader is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment on farms and job sites because it can be easily maneuvered into tight spaces. Adding to its versatility is the multitude of attachments that are available to complete specific type jobs.

    Due to the nature of the design, and the fact that the machine is working, the center of gravity constantly shifts depending on the job, terrain, and the attachment being used. Generally the weight of the skid steer loader is concentrated at the rear of the machine between the wheels. While working and moving items with a bucket or attachment the center of gravity moves forward and higher.

    With this in mind there are several key safety factors to be considered while operating a skid loader.

    1.) Carefully review the loader manufacturer’s instructions and limitations prior to operating
    2.) Be sure you are in the operator’s seat when you start the engine
    3.) Never allow passengers on the machine with you
    4.) Wear your seatbelt and keep it fastened at all times
    5.) Carry your load as low as possible at all times
    6.) Never lift, swing, or move a load over another person
    7.) Avoid sudden stops, starts, or turns
    8.) Never park a skid loader on a hill or slope
    9.) Be careful not to overload the bucket, attachment or your machine
    10.) Always keep your hands, arms, legs, and head inside the operator’s cab
    11.) Never bypass or modify safety devices
    12.) Be sure to identify any overhead utility wires in your work area and avoid them
    13.) If you are digging know where all underground utilities are located
    14.) Never operate a skid steer loader unless you have been authorized and properly trained
    15.) Always wear snug-fitting clothing that will not catch on the levers
    16.) Know your blind spots because in those blind spots could be people, vehicles, equipment, or buildings.
    17.) Never use drugs, alcohol, or medication while operating a skid steer loader as these can and will impair your ability to operate or react

    Keeping your employees safe should be job #1. Following these recommendations will allow you and those around you, to stay safe while working on the job site."

    So there you have it. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Skid Steer Safety should be high on the list of priorities for any jobsite supervisor if he wants to make sure his employees are not only qualified operators, but he can also be confident that they are able to return to their families after the workday is over. You might also want to visit this link for further information  https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib011209.html

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