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Weekly Toolbox Talk: Heavy Rain Hazards

Floodwaters often overwhelm sewage systems, leading to discharges of raw sewage that’s full of dangerous bacteria and other biohazards. Rotting animals and other organic wastes may also turn the water into a toxic cocktail.

Weekly Toolbox Talk: Floor Openings

Safely covering a floor opening with a piece of plywood requires more than just laying down the material over the hole, or even nailing it down.

Total on the job safety means a total job of eliminating a hazard. Half a job or inadequate or incomplete jobs of covering hole in the floor. Why did it happen?

Weekly Toolbox Talk: Labels

You have often heard the story of the child who thinks he is drinking from a container filled with water or soda only to discover, after taking a few sips, that he is actually drinking potentially harmful liquid such as gasoline or cleaning fluid.

Weekly Toolbox Talk: Carelessness Causes Accidents

Note to Supervisors: Read and prepare for meeting by looking over your jobsite and how your personnel are approaching their jobs. Carelessness is not acceptable.

Project Safe states quite simply:

Employee Basic Safety Rules, Safe Work Habits: “Careless disregard for the safety of other employees will not be tolerated and is grounds for immediate termination. “

Weekly Toolbox Talk: Extreme Weather

WHY TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER?

Actually, we have no control over rain, snow, sleet, wind, lightning or sunshine. But we can control what happens on our job as a result of the elements. Some of the biggest problems on construction jobs are caused by wind and lightning. Wind probably causes the most accidents; lightning can be deadly.

WATCH OUT FOR WIND

Weekly Toolbox Talk: Extension Cords

Even a simple extension cords needs to be looked after. It’s a shock or fire hazard when deteriorated, worn-out or used improperly.

Three-wire cords are for outdoor appliances and electric power tools. The third wire is a ground. Never plug these cords into an ungrounded electrical outlet. Don’t disconnect an extension cord by pulling the cord. Remove it by the plug; otherwise the end frays and loosens.

Weekly Toolbox Talk: Heat Stress

Hot weather causes more fatalities than any other weather-related source. Heat waves rarely are given adequate attention but in fact, they claim more lives each year than floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined. Heat waves are a silent killer. Heatstroke also affects both genders equally. However, because many men were exposed to heat in the workforce, the annual death rate is 2 times higher in men than in women.

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