Wednesday, January 24, 2007

ABC of Alabama signs safety alliance with OSHA

ABC of Alabama signs safety alliance with OSHA
By Barbara Ibrahim

In an effort to improve safety and health guidelines of Alabama construction workers, the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Alabama chapter recently formed an alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

According to Jay Reed, vice president of ABC’s Alabama chapter, the safety alliance with OSHA will make safety documents readily accessible to contractors and construction workers in a non-threatening environment.

Over the past three to four years, Reed said the ABC safety committee realized emerging contractors were not taking the time to ensure all OSHA safety requirements were being followed. If OSHA were to come onto a jobsite and find that their standards were not being met, written citations could occur.

This prompted the Alabama chapter to take action – in the form of informational “tool box kits” that will be distributed to its members.

“By providing this kit at no cost, emerging contractors get a list of suggested guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe worksite,” Reed said.

In addition, the kits provide contractors with proper contact information for future training and a way to get answers regarding the new safety program.

Part of the alliance also includes ABC of Alabama and OSHA working together to develop a library of safety-related materials, which will be located at the chapter’s headquarters in Birmingham after renovations to the building are completed.

“This commitment shows ABC’s dedication to safety on their members jobsites,” Safety Committee Chairman Jerry Gillis said. “The ABC Safety Committee is continuously looking for new and innovative ways to communicate their safety outreach programs. This new alliance does that by making OSHA documents readily available.”

Monday, January 08, 2007

OSHA Quick Card: Aerial Lifts Safety Tips

Aerial lifts include boom-supported aerial platforms, such as cherry pickers or bucket trucks. The major causes of fatalities are falls, electrocutions, and collapses or tip overs.

Safe Work Practices
  • Ensure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment.
  • Maintain and operate elevating work platforms in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Never override hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices.
  • Never move the equipment with workers in an elevated platform unless this is permitted by the manufacturer.
  • Do not allow workers to position themselves between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket. Movement of the lift could crush the worker(s).
  • Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet, or 3 meters, away from the nearest overhead lines.
  • Always treat powerlines, wires and other conductors as energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated.
  • Use a body harness or restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket to prevent the worker(s) from being ejected or pulled from the basket.
  • Set the brakes, and use wheel chocks when on an incline.
  • Use outriggers, if provided.
  • Do not exceed the load limits of the equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker, tools, and materials.
For more complete information:
OSHA Occupational
Safety and Health
U.S. Department of Labor (800) 321-OSHA

OSHA 3267-09N-05