In the thick of the holiday season, with distractions on every side, it's more important than ever to stay focused on the job and be mindful of safety. That's where the "four seconds to safety" rule comes into play: pause for four seconds to look around, identify potential hazards, and focus on the task at hand. It's a mental reset, a mindfulness practice that can help to ensure a safe season, both at work and at home.
When you catch yourself working away, but your thoughts are on last-minute gifts to grab and upcoming party plans, STOP, take those four seconds and come back to the present moment. Look for a hazard in the middle of your activity. Are you standing safely on that ladder? Is your work area free of clutter that could be a tripping hazard?
Injuries happen at home around the holidays, too: falls during decorating, burns or cuts in the kitchen and traffic accidents as we rush to and from holiday gatherings. How often could we spare ourselves the pain and hassle of being injured at the holidays if we just slowed down and took four seconds to refocus on safety?
Think of those four seconds as a gift to yourself and your loved ones. Slow down and stay safe this holiday season.
OSHA defines "barricade" as "an obstruction to deter the passage of persons of vehicles." Exposed wires, moving machinery and open excavations are just a few of the potential hazards requiring barricades.
Barricade tapes allow us to demarcate and restrict access to job site hazards, but did you know that OSHA and ANSI regulations specify color coding of barricade tapes?
The graphic below shows OSHA-specified tape colors.
OSHA does not specify requirements for the size or weight of the tape, nor does it dictate the wording on the tape.
ANSI specifies colors and usage of barricade tapes as follows:
1. Yellow/Black Barricade Tape serves as CAUTION and POTENTIAL HAZARD from:
Falls from ladders can be as painful as a fall from a roof. About a third of all reported falls are falls from ladders. Many fall-related injuries result from improper use or the use of a defective ladder.
Step/extension ladders are made to access/egress upper levels, not to be used as work platforms. There are ladders, such as order pickers, that are specially designed for use as work platforms. These ladders are constructed with a small platform and guardrail.
Safe Work Rules for Ladder Use: