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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.

Emergency Action Plan

ToolboxTalkAn EAP is a written document required by OSHA.  The purpose of this document is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during work pace emergencies.  These plans inform employees on what to do and where to go in case of severe weather, fire, earthquake, or other catastrophes.  When reporting to a new jobsite, each employee should be made aware of the EAP for that site.  When working on large sites employees shall review the EAP each day to ensure they have know the proper evacuation route and assembly area for their location.

An EAP should include:

  • Means of reporting fires and other emergencies.  This can include procedures for reporting emergencies such as dialing 911, or an internal emergency number, or pulling a manual fire alarm.
  • Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments.  These are to inform employees who is authorized to order an evacuation, under what conditions and evacuation would be necessary, how to evacuate, and what routes to take.  Maps should be used to identify the escape routes to be followed by employees from each specific facility location.  These procedures can also include actions to be taken before or while evacuating such as shutting windows, turning off equipment or closing doors behind them.
  • Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate.
  • Procedures to account for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed.  This might include procedures for designated employees to sweep areas, check offices and rest rooms, before being the last to leave a workplace or conducting a roll call in the assembly area.
  • Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them.
  • Names and job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan.
  • A description of the alarm system to be used to notify employees to evacuate and/or take other actions.  The alarms used for different actions should be distinctive and might include horn blast, sirens, or public address systems.

Hazard Recognition – Part 1

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There are many things that we do each day before work begins – we receive our job task, gather tools and equipment and move to our work area.  But another important thing each of us should do is to look at all the hazards in our work environment before beginning our task.  You should continue to evaluate the job throughout the day for hazards that may have changed or occurred during the course of the day.  Hazards should be corrected or eliminated before proceeding with the task at hand.  If you cannot correct the hazard yourself, contact your foreman or the safety department.

A hazard is defined as a chance, a chance of being injured or harmed or a possible source of danger.  Jobsites are filled with many different hazards whether it be the task you are performing, task others are performing around you, equipment, chemicals, heat sources or weather conditions.  Hazards should be recognized and eliminated through engineering controls, administrative controls or personal protective equipment.

The following is a list of some of the hazards that are frequently encountered on jobsites include.  This list does not cover all the hazards, but ones that we face on an everyday basis.

Material Handling and Storage – Manual handling hazards include improper lifting and carry techniques, carrying too much weight, incorrect gripping or lacerations.  Mechanical handling hazards include untrained forklift operators, uninspected equipment or congested areas.  Storage of material hazards include materials staked too high, unsecured materials that could become airborne or fall and storage in walkways or doorways.

Machine guarding – Hazards in this category include improper or missing guards around rotating or reciprocated equipment and guards on tools.  An example of this would be guards on grinders.

Slips/Trips/Falls – Hazards to look for include slippery surfaces, poor housekeeping, extension cords or other debris laying in walkways, inadequately barricaded or covered holes, stairs or uneven surfaces.

Scaffolds – Hazards include slippery surfaces, unsafe access, uncompleted scaffold, uninspected scaffold, employees modifying scaffolding without the direction of a competent person, falls, struck by falling objects, electrocutions, scaffold collapse or wheels not being locked on rolling scaffolds.

Aerial Lifts – Hazards include untrained employees, defective equipment, electrocution from overhead power lines, tip over hazards, not using 100% fall protection, not closing gates or chains, poor housekeeping on jobsite or in lift, collision hazards, explosion and fire hazards, inadequate floor support, overhead hazards, drop offs, holes or bumps, strong or gusty winds or using other devices to elevate yourself from the platform.

Ladders – Ladders are one of the most common tools used, but can also be one of the most dangerous if not used correctly.  Hazards in this category include uninspected ladders, ladders used on unstable or unlevel surfaces, slippery hand, rungs or shoes, using a step ladder as a straight ladder, using the top step or top of the ladder, not maintaining 3 points of contact or using the incorrect type or size of ladder.

Elevated Heights – Hazards exist not only where employees are subject to a fall of 6 feet or greater, but if a fall to a lower level or a piece of equipment below could occur.  Fall protection or prevention should be used when needed.  To eliminate these hazards always maintain 100% fall protection, inspect equipment before use, use anchor points capable of withstanding 5000 pounds, tie off points should be determined to ensure that your fall arrest equipment would stop you before you come into contact with lower levels or equipment, if you are using a 6 ft. shock absorbing lanyard you will need to tie off at least 19 feet above you to arrest the fall before striking the ground.  Also, look for hazards where if a fall occurred you could be propelled over a hand rail.

Tools / Power Tools – Hazards in this category include untrained employees, laceration, flying debris, electrical shock, unguarded equipment, not following the manufacture’s recommendation, using tool for unintended use, unsecured tools when working at elevated heights or using defective tools.

Lead Awareness

Lead, a basic chemical element, is a heavy metal.  It can be combined with various other substances to form numerous lead compounds.  Exposure to lead can occur during demolition or salvage of structures where lead or lead-containing materials are present, new construction, alteration, repair, or renovation of structures that contain lead or materials containing lead, installation of products containing lead, or removal or encapsulation of materials containing lead.  Exposure may also occur when transporting, disposing, or storing, of lead or materials containing lead on a construction site, and maintenance operations associated with construction activities.

The permissible exposure limit (PEL) for lead is 50 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air (50μg/m3), averaged over an 8-hour workday.  When a work area is above the PEL signs must be posted.  The action level is 30 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air averaged over and 8-hr workday.  The action level triggers several ancillary provisions of that standard such as exposure monitoring, medical surveillance, and training.


Lead can be absorbed into your body through inhalation and ingestion.  When lead is scattered in the air as dust, fume, or mist it can be inhaled and absorbed through your lungs and upper respiratory tract.  Inhalation of airborne lead is generally the most important source of occupational lead absorption.  You can also absorb lead through your digestive system if it gets into your mouth and swallowed.  Handling food, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or make-up that have lead on them or handling these items with hands contaminated with lead will contribute to ingestion. A significant portion of the lead that you inhale or ingest gets into your bloodstream.  Once in your bloodstream, lead is circulated throughout the body and stored in various organs.  Some of this lead is quickly filtered out of your body and excreted, but some remains in the blood and other tissues.  As exposure to lead continues, the amount stored in your body will increase if you are absorbing more lead than your body is excreting.  Even though you may not be aware of any immediate symptoms of disease, this lead stored in your tissues can be slowly causing irreversible damage, first to individual cell, then to you organs and whole body systems.

Health Effects

Acute effects (short term) of overexposure – Lead is a potent, systemic poison that serves no useful function once absorbed by the body.  Taken in large enough doses, lead can kill you in a matter of days.  A condition affecting the brain called acute encephalopathy may arise which develops quickly to seizures, coma, and death from cardio respiratory arrest.   Short term occupation exposures of this magnitude are highly unusual, but not impossible.

Chronic effects overexposure – Chronic overexposure to lead may result in severe damage to your blood – forming, nervous, urinary and reproductive systems.  Some common symptoms of chronic overexposure include loss of appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, anxiety, constipation, nausea, pallor, excessive tiredness, weakness, insomnia, headache, nervous irritability, muscle and joint pain or soreness, fine tremors, numbness, dizziness, hyperactivity and colic.  Chronic overexposure to lead impairs the reproductive systems of both men and women.  Overexposure to lead may result in decreased sex drive, impotence and sterility in men.  Lead exposure may cause birth defects to children.

Employees should immediately notify your employer if you develop signs or symptoms associated with lead poisoning or if you desire medical advice concerning the effects of current or past exposure to lead or your ability to have a healthy child.


Respirators must be used when the employee’s exposure to lead exceeds the PEL, engineering and work-practice controls are not sufficient to reduce the employee exposure below the PEL, an employee request a respirator and interim protection is required during the assessment of exposure.  Protective work clothing shall be worn to prevent the contamination of an employee’s clothing.  Types of this protective clothing include:  coveralls or similar full-body work clothing, gloves, hats, shoes, face shields, vented goggles.

In any work area where an employee’s exposure to lead is above the PEL readily visible signs must be posted.  These signs shall contain the wording:  WARNING, LEAD WORK AREA, POISON, NO SMOKING OR EATING


Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people, their work and the physical work environment.  The goal of ergonomics is to fit the job to the individual and promote healthy and safe work practices.

MSDs Hazards

Construction risk factors include repetitive motions, high forces, awkward postures, and vibration exposure.  These can occur from activities such as manual material handling, hand tool usage, and prolong equipment operation.

  • Repetitive Motions – Doing the same motion over and over puts stress on muscles and tendons.
  • Awkward postures – prolonged work with hands above the head or with the elbows above the shoulders, prolonged work with the neck bent, squatting, kneeling, or lifting, handling objects with back bent or twisted, repeated or sustained bending or twisting of wrist, knees, hips or shoulders, forceful and repeated gripping or pinching.
  • Forceful lifting, pushing or pulling – handling heavy objects, moving bulky or slippery objects, assuming awkward posture while moving objects.
  • Contact Stress – repeated contact with hard or sharp objects.
  • Vibration – over use of power hand tools.

Signs and Symptoms

Injuries that can result from a single event, but most often result from cumulative wear and tear are called musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).  These injuries occur to the soft tissue or nervous system affecting the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints and spine.  These disorders are not typically the result of any instantaneous or acute event but reflect a more gradual or chronic development.

Signs – decreased grip strength, decrease in range of motion, loss of muscle function

Early Symptoms – numbness, tingling, or shooting pain or stiffness in your back, neck arms, and shoulders, pain, swelling or stiffness in joints and hands.  Report these symptoms to you supervisor immediately so that changes can be made to correct the problem before it results in a permanent injury.

How to report MSDs

  • Employees who think they are showing signs or symptoms of MSDs should report them to their supervisor or the safety department immediately.
  • Once a possible MSDs has been reported it will be the responsibility of the Safety Manager to review the claim to determine if in fact it is a MSD.
  • Early treatment and intervention can often prevent worsening conditions and permanent injuries.
  • Report any job task that you think you result in exposure.

How To Avoid these Disorders

Strategies you can use to reduce your exposure to CTDs:

  • Do a few warm-up exercises before you take on any physically demanding tasks.
  • Plan ahead. Look at the job you are about to do and think of ways to make it easier on your body.
  • Eliminate unnecessary carrying. Reduce manual handling task by using forklifts, hand trucks, or dollies.
  • Remember to use proper lifting techniques.
  • When using hand tools, avoid awkward and repetitive movement by using the right tool for the job.
  • Avoid repetitive trigger-finger action. Select tools with larger switches.
  • Change positions, stretch often, and take short breaks from repetitive motion tasks.

Winter Safety

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With the possibility of slick conditions during winter months due to snow and ice, employees must take extra precautions while working, walking and driving.

If possible snow and ice should be removed in walking or working areas prior to employees entering.  If removal is not possible, the following precaution should be taken while walking or working in slick conditions:

  • Always use hand rails and plant your feet firmly while climbing stairs.
  • Bend your knees and take short steps and walk at a slower pace.
  • Avoid placing hands in pockets or carrying heavy loads to increase balance.
  • Be prepared for a fall and try to avoid using hands or arms to break your fall.
  • Wear boots, overshoe with slip resistant soles or cleats.  Boots that have smooth surfaces will increase the risk of slipping.
  • Remove as much snow and water from your boot as possible before entering buildings.
  • Use extra caution when entering and exiting vehicles always have a secure grip on the vehicle.
  • Use retractable lanyards when climbing ladders due to slick conditions.

Driving during slick conditions also greatly increases the risk of vehicle accidents.  The following are a list of precaution to follow while driving in slick conditions:

  • Allow sufficient time to get to your destination.  Accelerating, stopping and turning all take longer on snow cover roads than they do on dry pavement.
  • Stay alert and always wear your seat belt.
  • Stay calm, maintain a safe speed and drive defensively.
  • Maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles.  It is recommended that you should obey the “4 second rule” or longer during slick conditions.
  • Make sure your car is in good working order.  This includes good tire tread, engine tune up, lights working properly, clean windows and sufficient windshield wiper fluid.
  • Plan moves carefully.  Never jam on your brakes, instead pump your brakes slightly a few times.  Acceleration, turning, passing also present increased hazards.
  • Be aware of conditions that could lead to “black ice” since it is almost invisible.  “Black ice” usually occurs due to snow melting and re-freezing.  Pavement that may be covered in “black ice” may look dry but appear darker in color and dull looking.
  • Be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled road because they will be the first ones to freeze.
  • Watch out for snow plows and sand truck and do not try to pass them.
  • If you get stuck do not spin your wheels.  Try to turn the wheels side to side to remove the snow around them.  Then lightly touch the gas to ease the car out.  If this doesn’t work try to shovel around the wheels or pour sand, gravel or salt around the wheels.

Hand and Power Tools Safety

Hand and power tools are something we use on a daily basis and sometimes take for granted, but can cause serious injury if the proper procedures are not followed.  The following are a list of recommended procedures to follow:

Hand and Power Tools

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Use the tool only for its intended use.
  • Maintain and store the tools properly.
  • Never point tools at other employees.
  • Hand tools to other employees. NEVER THROW TOOLS.
  • Secure tools when working at elevated heights.
  • Always cut away from you body, if possible.
  • Make sure you have a firm footing and a good grip before using tools.
  • Wooden handles that are loose, cracked, or splintered shall be replaced.
  • Hand tools for placing and removing materials shall be such as to permit easy handling of material without the operator placing a hand in the danger zone.
  • Any fan with the periphery of the blades less than 7 ft above the floor or working level, the blades shall be guarded.  The guards shall have openings no larger than ½ inch.
  • Machines that are designed for a fixed location shall be securely anchored to prevent walking or moving.
  • Each tool shall be looked at before and during use to determine what PPE is necessary for that tool.


  • Tools designed to have guards, shall be equipped with guards while in use.
  • All reciprocating, rotating, or moving parts of equipment shall be guarded if they expose a hazard.
  • Methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the area from hazards associated with the point of operation, rotating parts, flying chips, or sparks, etc.  Examples of guarding would be barrier guards, two hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc.
  • Point of operation is the area of the machine where work is actually performed upon the material being processed.  Any of these points that expose employees to hazards shall be guarded.
  • Power saws, portable power tools, guillotine cutters, shears, powered presses are all examples of machines which require point of operation guarding.
  • Safety guards of the types where the operator stands in front of the opening, shall be constructed so that the peripheral protecting member can be adjusted to the constantly decreasing diameter of the wheel.  The maximum angular exposure above the horizontal plane of the wheel spindle.


  • Any hand or power tool shall be inspected prior to daily use for any defects.
  • Any equipment that is found to be defective shall be red tag and removed from service.
  • Tools shall not be returned to service unless repaired by a qualified repairman.
  • Electrical equipment shall be double insulated or grounded in accordance with subpart K.
  • All temporary lighting must have cage guards over them to prevent breakage of the bulbs and shall be hung by its insulator.
  • Extension cords shall be run so they do not run through doorways, walkways, windows, roads, unless they are protected.
  • Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) shall be used at all times with electrical equipment and power tools.  They shall be tested on a monthly basis.



Defensive Driving

Safe driving is important on and off the clock. When driving a vehicle, there are many hazards that we face – some created by the person driving and some created by others.

The following is a list of defensive driving tips to follow:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Adjust your seat and mirrors before driving.
  • Secure all loose objects before driving.  If you are involved in an accident or have to make a quick maneuver objects can become airborne.
  • Maintain concentration on driving, rather than work or personal issues. Be aware of your own action as well as actions of other drivers, pedestrians or wildlife.
  • Do not use cell phones for talking, texting or e-mailing while driving.
  • If possible, plan your travel route before leaving.
  • Always keep a safe stopping distance between you and the car in front of you. Use at least the four second rule between you and the car in front.  This leaves you enough room to react and stop your vehicle.
  • Be aware of blind spots when changing lanes.  Look in all direction and always use your turn signals.
  • Always follow the speed limits.  In wet, icy or slick conditions, slow down and take your time.
  • Know and obey all traffic rules, regulations and laws.  If you are unfamiliar with the area, slow down and take your time.
  • Do not drink and drive.  Always assign a designated driver.
  • Keep a cool head.  Do not drive aggressively and don’t take chances.
  • When confronted by aggressive drivers, avoid eye contact, stay calm, try to get out of the way safely, and do not escalate the situation.  If you are being followed by a threatening driver, do not stop, and proceed to the closest police station.
  • Pay special attention when driving in work zones.  These zones create extra hazards with people working, decreased lane widths, frequent stops and alternate routes.
  • Do not drive when drowsy or tired.  Symptoms of fatigue include eyes closing or going out of focus, trouble keeping your head up, cannot stop yawning, trouble remembering driving the last few miles, drifting between lanes.
  • Inspect your vehicle before each use to ensure it is in good working order.  Make sure the brakes do not pull to one side, there is not too much play in the steering wheel, no whining noise when you make a sharp turn, all lights are in good condition and working, tires are inflated properly and in good condition, windows are clean and clear and your horn works.
  • During rain, sleet, or snow, make sure to slow down, take your time, and be cautious.
  • When backing a vehicle, use a spotter if you do not have a clear path of travel and a good line of sight.

Aerial Lift Training

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Aerial lifts are an important piece of equipment we use on a daily basis, but can become an extreme hazard if proper procedures are not followed.  The main causes of injuries from aerial lifts are electrocutions, falls, tip-overs, caught between and struck by.  It is imperative that employees abide by the following safety rules when using aerial lifts to prevent being injured.


  • These machines are not electrically insulated and will not provide protection from contact with or proximity to electrical current.  Maintain a clearance of at least 10 ft. between any part of the machine and its occupants, their tools, and their equipment from any electrical line or apparatus carrying up to 50,000 volts.  One foot additional clearance is required for every additional 30,000 volts or less.  Allow for machine movement and electrical line swaying or sagging.
  • Occupants must wear a full body harness with a lanyard attached to an authorized anchor point.  Guardrails are not approved anchor points.  Before operating the machine, make sure all gates and chains are closed and fastened in their proper position.
  • Maintain firm footing on the platform at all times.  Do not use ladder, boxes, steps, planks, guardrails or similar items to provide additional reach.
  • Do not raise the platform or drive the machine with the boom extended or raised unless on a firm, level and smooth surface.  Never exceed the allowable side slope or grade while driving.  Do not use on moving surface or vehicle.
  • Do not exceed the maximum platform capacity.  Distribute loads evenly on platform floor.  See model operation manual for actual capacity rating.  Do not push or pull any object with the boom.  Never attempt to use the machine as a crane or attach overhanging loads.  Do not tie off machines to any adjacent structure.
  • Inspect work area for clearances overhead, on sides and bottom of platform and lift base when lifting or lowering platform and driving.  During operation, keep all body parts inside platform guardrails.
  • Keep non-operating personnel at least 6 ft. away from the machine during all driving and swing operations.
  • Use extreme caution when entering and exiting the lift.  Face the machine and use three points of contact.  Always exit through the designated anchor point.  Do not climb over guardrails.
  • Keep the base of the lift at least 2 ft. from holes, bumps, drop offs, obstructions, debris and other potential hazards on the floor or surface.
  • Do not operate the machine in strong or gusty winds, JLG states not to operate in wind above 28 MPH.
  • Do not increase the surface area of the platform or the load.  Increase of the area exposed to the wind will decrease stability.
  • Only two employees are allowed in a lift at one time.  Only one person may operate the machine at a time.
  • Use the boom functions, not the drive function, to position the platform close to obstacles.
  • Be aware of stopping distances while driving or maneuvering.  Do not operate quickly in restricted or tight areas or when operating in reverse.  Use extreme caution at all times to prevent obstacles from striking or interfering with operating controls and persons in the platform.
  • Use a spotter when driving in areas where vision is obstructed.  Always warn personnel not to work, stand or walk under a raised boom or platform.  Barricades may be required to achieve this.
  • Limit travel speed according to conditions of ground surface, congestion, visibility, slope, location of personnel, and other factors which may cause collision or injury to personnel.
  • Do not alter or disable machine components that in any way affect safety or stability.
  • Always inspect and document a lift inspection before work begins.  If lift is not working properly, do not use, red tag and inform your supervisor.





Slips, Trips, and Falls

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Slip, trips and falls are preventable if employees recognize the elements that create these hazards.
Slips are usually caused by too little friction or traction between your feet and the walking/working surface which causes you to lose your balance.  Slips often result from wet or oily surfaces, spills, weather hazards, walking/working surfaces that do not have the same degree of traction, or loose or unanchored materials.
Trips happen when your foot or leg hits an object and your momentum throws you off balance.  Trips often result from obstructed view, poor lighting, poor housekeeping, uneven walking surfaces or cords and hoses running through walkways.
Slips and trips often result in falls, but there are also many other ways you can fall. The following is a list of measures that need to be taken to prevent these types of incidents:

  • Walkways must be kept clear and free of debris, cords and equipment.
  • Do not take inappropriate shortcuts.
  • Unnecessary hurrying, horseplay or other distracting activities may lead to slips, trips and falls.
  • Pay attention to what you are doing and others around you.
  • Set up ladders properly and make sure hand, shoes and rungs aren’t slippery.
  • Do not use stepladders as straight ladders.  Maintain three points of contact while climbing ladders.
  • Use retractable lanyards when climbing scaffold ladders above 6 feet.
  • Always use handrails when walking down stairs.
  • Maintain an unobstructed view ahead of you when carrying materials.  If need get help when carrying bulky or heavy loads.
  • Maintain adequate lighting in work areas and walkways.
  • Never jump when climbing down from trucks, scaffold, ladder, lifts or platforms.  Use three points of contact and carefully lower yourself down.
  • Wear shoes suitable for the conditions you are working in.  The soles of your shoes increase the amount of friction between your shoes and walking/working surface.
  • Do not step on objects in your walking path.  Go around them or move them.  You never know when the object will give or what is underneath it that may cause you to lose your balance.
  • Never walk backward on roofs or elevated surfaces.
  • Report unsafe conditions or acts immediately, including loose handrails, steps, ladders.
  • Be extra caution in wet conditions.  Watch for ice in your work area. Do not walk on it, use ice melt or work in another area that is ice-free.
  • Use extra caution when entering or exiting buildings, surfaces may have different degrees of traction.
  • Always inspect steps leading to scissor lift and maintain three points of contact when entering and exiting.

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