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Spotter

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A spotter is an employee trained to look.  The purpose of a spotter is to assist the operator in maneuvering equipment into position to prevent injury to the operator, spotter or other personnel or prevent property damage.  A spotter may be necessary if required by the jobsite, in busy or congested areas, when the operator does not have a full view of the intended path of travel, when backing up, maneuvering into or inside of buildings or other structures, potential for damage to facility systems or structures, in close proximity to other personnel.

Spotters shall be trained on their assigned responsibilities, understand basic operating procedures of equipment they are spotting for, hazards of the equipment and working environment and lower controls and overriding capability of the upper controls of aerial work platforms.

The roles and responsibilities of a spotter include, but are not limited to:

  • According to OSHA the spotter should be positioned to have a clear view of the areas the operator cannot see and to not be in harms way.  Usually behind the equipment or vehicle in view of the driver.
  • The spotter shall allow for sufficient stopping distance and clearance.
  • The spotter and operator shall decide on appropriate hand signals or communications before operations begin.
  • The spotter must always be visible to the operator.  If you can’t see the operator, the operator can’t see you.
  • If the spotter must pass through the operator’s blind spot, make sure the operator understands your actions.
  • The spotter shall stay focused and avoid distractions.
  • The spotter shall make eye contact with the operator before communicating signals.
  • The spotter shall conduct frequent hazard assessment of area for potential hazards and notify the operator if hazards are discovered.  Hazards that should be monitored for include, but are not limited to, drop offs or holes, bumps and floor obstruction, debris, overhead obstructions and high voltage conductors, hazardous locations, inadequate or inappropriate surfaces and support to withstand all load forces imposed by equipment, presence of unauthorized person, poorly lit areas, slippery surfaces or spills.

 

Other Employees

Employees shall maintain a safe distance for operating equipment, generally 6 feet is recommended.  If you must get within 6 feet, make eye contact with the operator and only mover after you get a signal from the operator that is it safe.

 

 

Electrical Safety

Electricity is something we use on an everyday basis. It is something we cannot see, but must respect, since it can become very dangerous if not handled properly.  Even exposure to low voltages can cause severe injury or even death.Gribbins Insulation - Toolbox Talk

Safety rules to follow when working with electrical equipment:

  • Inspect equipment before use to ensure it is in good working order.  If the equipment is defective remove from service, tag it out and report it to your supervisor immediately.  Inspect extension cords, power tools and equipment before each use for cuts, exposed wires, missing ground, etc.
  • Electrical equipment shall be grounded or double insulated in accordance with subpart K.
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) shall be used at all times at the power source with electrical equipment and power tools.  They shall be inspected and tested before each use.
  • Extension cords shall not be run through doorways, walkways, windows or roads unless they are protected.
  • A minimum clearance of 10 ft must be maintained from any uninsulated overhead power line.  No work shall be conducted within 10 ft of an overhead power line unless the line has been de-energized and visibly grounded.
  • Never remove the ground prong or use power tools or extension cords with the ground prong missing.
  • Never overload electrical receptacles.
  • Only employees trained and authorized may repair electrical equipment.
  • Appropriate PPE shall be used when it is possible to come in contact with exposed electrical parts.  It shall be inspected before each use and if found defective removed from service.
  • Non-conductive head protection shall be worn if there is a chance of electrical burns or shock from contact with exposed energized parts.  Protective eye or face equipment shall be used if the employee is exposed to electrical arcs/flashes or from flying objects due to electricity.
  • All temporary lighting must have cage guards over them to prevent breakage of the bulbs and shall be hung by its insulator.  If a bulb is broken the power source must be disconnect and the bulb replace immediately.
  • Remember even low voltages can cause severe injury or even death.
  • Never mix electricity and water.
  • All temporary power panels shall have covers.
  • Do not use electrical cords for hoisting or lowing power tools, materials or equipment.
  • If work must be done on equipment, the equipment must be deenergized and locked and tagged out.  The equipment must be verified to be deenergized before work begins.  If equipment is locked or tagged out no employee shall attempt to operate the machinery.

Fit Tight Covers Earns Governor’s Safety Award

Evansville, Indiana – Fit Tight Covers is among the nine organizations statewide to earn an Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award. The distinction, awarded March 3, 2017 at the Indiana Safety Conference in Indianapolis, acknowledges proactive efforts to eliminate and reduce worker exposure to occupational safety and health hazards. This achievement honors Fit Tight Covers in the category of Education and Outreach (Internal) for General Industry.

Fit Tight Covers is committed to promoting stellar levels of safety. Ongoing internal training programs are in place to advance safety awareness and practices among the company’s employees.

Fit Tight Covers, located in Evansville, Indiana, manufactures removable and reusable thermal insulation covers for commercial and industrial mechanical piping and equipment. It is the only insulation cover fabrication company in the Midwest capable of meeting nationwide demand.

Gribbins Insulation Company Wins Governor’s Award 5th Year in a Row

Evansville, Indiana – Gribbins Insulation Company is one of only nine organizations in the state to receive this year’s Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award. The award, presented March 3, 2017 at the Indiana Safety Conference in Indianapolis, recognizes proactive efforts to eliminate and reduce worker exposure to occupational safety and health hazards. The 2017 award marks the fifth straight year Gribbins has received the honor. This year’s achievement singles out Gribbins in the category of Education and Outreach (Internal) for Construction.

Gribbins Insulation is noted for its robust safety point system program, an initiative enthusiastically embraced by employees company-wide. Providing the highest levels of safety is not only embedded in the company’s mission, it’s a practice that has earned Gribbins Insulation dozens of regional and national awards.

Founded in 1985, Gribbins Insulation is a commercial and industrial mechanical insulation contractor serving the Midwestern United States. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, the company has five branch offices in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

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