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Posted on: January 15, 2013 By: Trevor Atherton, Safety Mgr

Hazard Awareness, Recognition, and Reporting

A hazard is defined as an accident, a thing likely to cause injury, a chance of being injured or harmed, or a possible source of danger.

Hazards are present on every jobsite.  They include falls, flying debris, lacerations, electrical, confined spaces, noise, use of tools, fire, illumination, scaffolds, ladders, aerial lifts, defective equipment, material handling and storage and housekeeping. It is the right and responsibility of every employee to work in a hazard free environment.  Take a few seconds before beginning your task to look for hazards created by the work you are about to perform, evaluate the current weather conditions, and consider the workers, equipment and machinery around you.

Employees are reminded frequently of the major hazards, but it is the less obvious ones that usually injury us.  Complacency and taking things for granted are causes of a large number of injuries each year.  Recognizing hazards and correcting them can save you and fellow coworkers from injuries.

Employees should immediately report any hazards to their supervisor or safety personnel.  If it is a hazard that you can correct safely, go ahead and correct the hazard and then report it to your supervisor.

The following are a list of steps for registering a complaint.  If the hazard is not corrected in a reasonable amount of time, proceed to the next step.

  1. Correct the hazard yourself if possible and then report the hazard and corrective action.
  2. Report the hazard to your foreman.
  3. Report the hazard to your General Foreman, if present on the job.
  4. Report the hazard to your Steward, if present on the jobsite.
  5. Report the hazard to the Gribbins Safety Department (812) 422-3340.
  6. Report the hazard to Gribbins Insulation Upper Management.
  7. As a last resort, if an attempt has not been made to correct the issue, contact OSHA.

If there are questions during any step please contact the Safety Department.  Also, please report any hazards and corrective actions to the Safety Department through a phone call or one of the relevant forms (see safety manual).  Your action may prevent yourself or someone else from being injured in future!

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