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Ensure Your Company's Scaffolding is Safe

In the construction industry, a scaffold is much more than a simple platform to stand on. It allows workers to reach heights on buildings that would be deemed unsafe, should one use a ladder for the same purpose. Though temporary, these structures are mighty and, without them, our construction capabilities would no doubt be greatly hindered!

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Preventing Fall Injuries This Winter

Responsible construction managers know that winter work brings with it its fair share of safety hazards and possible OSHA violations. Not that these cannot be mitigated, of course; keeping your workers safe only requires a little forward thinking and investment.

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How to Spot Quality High-Visibility Vests

Of course, high-visibility clothing is designed to be easy to spot! Wearing personal protective equipment is an important safety precaution for workers in a variety of construction settings. However, high-quality pieces of high-visibility clothing are a little harder to spot and discern from their shoddily-made brethren. To the untrained eye, after all, a reflective vest looks like a reflective vest!

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Why Proper Respirator Fit is Important

A respirator may sound like a scary medical device, but in the construction safety equipment field, it’s anything but scary. In fact, countless construction specialty contractors and other construction employees use these devices day in and day out to protect themselves from long-term illnesses caused by harmful workplace fumes.

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Proper Workplace Hazard Communication

Construction specialty contractors and anyone who manages in a similar field have one thing in common: they want to ensure the physical safety of their employees. Aside from an obvious moral obligation to do so, proper safety protocol prevents both legal and PR disasters that can cost the company thousands.

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What is a Competent Person? Why are They Needed?

Competence: it is defined, outside of the construction business, as being able to perform any given skill adequately. Outside of construction, a competent person, by proxy, needs to be trained just enough to be able to get the job done. However, inside the construction business, “competent person” takes on a whole new meaning. It’s a title shrouded in legal jargon under OSHA regulations—a title that requires more than mere competence to obtain, and a title that can be confusing to understand, even for seasoned construction firms.

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Best Safety Products for Use in Cold Weather

Winter is just around the corner! As any Minnesota native knows, this means below-zero wind chills, ice coating every surface imaginable, and a never-ending need to protect oneself against the winter weather. Down jackets, hand warmers, thick boots, you name it—all are essential parts of surviving the season.

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Sorting Through Respirator Myths

Though the purpose and use of respirators in the industrial world may seem straightforward, they are actually more complex than you may realize. If your respirators are not properly maintained, not only are you risking a fine for an OSHA violation, but you are also putting yourself and your employees at risk by exposing them to harmful air.

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Developing Your Emergency Plan

If there is an emergency at your worksite, it is crucial to have an emergency escape plan to keep you and your employees safe. Not only do you need to have an emergency plan, but you also need to train your staff on what to do during an emergency. Though a detailed emergency plan is essential, if your employees do not know where to find it or what to do, it can do more harm than good.

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Industry Myths About Chemicals

As new technologies and substances continue to be developed and exposed to the public, their efficiency is unquestioned; however, how safe they are when exposed to people and the environment are in question.

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