A Safer Moving Experience

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Transporting highly flammable materials in preparation for construction is obviously a dangerous task to do, but no matter the risk, someone has to do it. People who are in-charge of delivering construction materials like oils and gases must be oriented about the important precautionary measures that needs to be observed when dealing with these kinds of materials. Safety must be observed not only in the construction site alone, but also while working on support tasks such as in the delivery of necessary materials to and from the construction site. With the size and weight of the equipment alone plus the added weight of the materials being delivered, safety and caution must really be a top priority for the handlers of these equipment.

Construction materials vary greatly from each other. Transportation equipment dedicated to handle specific materials are available to avoid accidents and breakages of the materials being transported. For instance, a rough terrain forklift is specially designed to lift, carry, and place heavy pipes. Pipes can extend in lengths, sometimes greater than the machine’s length; making the maneuvering of the machine challenging for the operator. Thus, proper training is needed for each constructor to undergo. Click here to know more safety measures during construction.

Top-Down Demolition Method Removes Need for Scaffolding

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Italian firm Despe has found a way to innovate the demolition business by turning things upside-down. Their method (called the TopDownWay) involves assembling a three-story modular steel platform with retractable walkways and framework on top of the tower and deploying hydraulic support jacks on the existing columns of the building to support the full load. By working in three-story sections, it limits demolition activities to the upper floors of the building until it’s completed and the whole frame can be hydraulically moved down the succeeding three floors to begin the next demolition phase. The whole system can also be fully set up in just 20 days and offers a competitive cost for buildings exceeding 75 m to 80 m in height. It eliminates the need for traditional methods that enclose the whole structure in scaffolding (which can be costly and take a long time to setup) and also gives a better alternative to implosion (which can pose a hazard in dense cities and with active buildings nearby). This system, and it’s equivalent cost, can now give owners of old buildings a reason to consider replacing the old structure with a better one instead of just gutting and renovating it. Read the full article here…

How Does a Drill Bit Work?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A drill bit is the rotating tool with sharp teeth made of tough material (e.g. steel, tungsten carbide, and/or synthetic or natural diamonds) that cuts, grinds, scrapes and crushes the rock when drilling and is attached at the tip of a drilling mechanism. Rotary drilling is commonly used in drilling for oil and gas and includes a prime mover, drill bit, drilling fluid, drill collar, hoisting apparatus and rotating equipment. This type of drilling derives its power from the prime mover, while the rotating equipment is what moves the whole system and the hoisting equipment lifts the drill pipe into or out of the drilling well. The drill collar places pressure and weight on the drill bit to make it drill through any rock or sediment, and the drilling fluid helps to lubricate the drilling process. There are many types of drill bits depending on the material/s used and design employed. In addition, different configurations achieve varying results depending on the formation of the drill bits. To find out more, read the full article here…

Managing Suspected Drug Use at the Jobsite

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

According to research conducted by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the construction trade ranks the highest among different professions when it comes to heroin use (with a 3.25 standard deviation from the average rate of abuse/dependence). Also, the drugs prescribed to relieve a construction worker’s back pain or any sustained injury, for example, can be extremely addictive. This, coupled with the fact that construction sites now use more technology and heavy machinery to save on work and costs, makes having an opiate-impaired employee around the construction site an extremely dangerous situation. The challenge is detecting crew members who are taking heroin or illegal prescription drugs, and what stage they are cycling through (under the influence or in withdrawal). It is also important to be able to know how to handle these employees and assist them in getting help. Certainly, turning a blind eye is not an option with all the lives that are at stake. To read more about it, click here…

Wi-Fi sensors could streamline construction safety and production

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

In construction sites, where safety is of primary concern, wireless network (Wi-Fi) technology may soon be used to avoid hazards and save lives. This technology is currently being deployed in refineries and chemical plants where keeping track of the contractors that come in and ensuring that they stay within authorized zones can be hard to manage. Creating a Wi-Fi environment at the location with the use of ID tags, body-worn sensors and sensor stations allow for monitoring of air quality, movement, location and temperature. More sophisticated sensors can also be used to check personnel heart rates or body conditions, or monitor equipment and infrastructure for possible breakdowns. The analytics and queries that could be run using the data compiled by these sensors can not only predict possible common failures but also anticipate disruptive issues that may arise and allow for preventive maintenance to be undertaken. This could prevent or greatly reduce any downtime in the operation and provide lead time in ordering parts. Read the full article here…

New Regulations To Improve Safety In Construction Industry

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

In Singapore, all large construction projects with contract values of $10 million and over will now have to adhere to new the Design for Safety regulations that take effect in the near future. Singapore Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, told an audience of 300 at a conference about the new changes taking effect, and encouraged the company representatives that leaders in the industry need to set the tone for safety and provide workers a safe work environment.

In 2012, of all construction deaths, 44% or 11 lives could have been saved if Design for Safety had been in effect. The program is designed after a British program that had been in effect for the 2012 London Olympics, and Mr. Lim says that by 2018 one thousand industry professional will be trained in the Design for Safety program. To read more details about this program, and the changes that will be implemented, you can click here…

CALLAHEAD’s Ground-Breaking Portable Toilet Ascends New York’s Construction Sites to Keep Workers and the Public Safe

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Earlier this month, CALLAHEAD, announced it’s latest product – the Safety Head portable toilet. The unique porta-potty has a focus on safety with the bright orange exterior along with the strategically placed white, red, and yellow reflectors. CALLAHEAD has been equipping construction sites with quality porta-potty solutions since 1976, and the Safety Head is a sample of another product that is easy to transport, convenient to place, and takes safety seriously into consideration.

The bright orange color of the Safety Head is idea for construction sites along high traffic sites, dark environments, and in tunnels. The porta-potty can be positioned easily with a crane and has a 70 gallon tank that will maintain between cleanings. The interior is roomy with a full size toilet seat and thoughtfully placed urinal. To read more about this product as well as CALLAHEAD the company, you can click here…

Court Affirm Jobsite Safety Trumps Drug Legality

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

There has been a lot in the news regarding the legalization of marijuana and now residents of twenty-three states and the District of Columbia can use marijuana medicinally, and in Colorado and Washington residents can legally enjoy recreational use of the drug. With such overwhelming change to how marijuana is being legally handled, there have been concerns in regards to work-place safety. How should employees that have a medical marijuana card be treated in respects to drug and alcohol policies? The Colorado Supreme Court just ruled that pot-smoking employees can be fired, even if they live in a state where pot use is legal.

The deciding factor of this ruling is that marijuana is still illegal under federal law and contributes to impaired judgment and negative social impacts. Construction employers are happy with the courts ruling experiencing first hand the horrible accidents that can happen if a roof-top worker, heavy machine operator or any employee is impaired on the job site. Click here to read more of marijuana and how it effects work site safety…

Products To Keep Cool At The Job Site

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The summer months are here, and for some that means enjoying the comfy benefits of working in an air conditioned office, but for others, it means finding ways to keep cool while working outdoors at the job site. One such product that is popular is evaporative cooling neckbands, headbands, wristbands and vests. These products have crystals that when soaked in water, will keep you cool and the water evaporates over time and then can be reused. There have also been hard-hat cooling systems that were engineered with a powered fan somehow attached to the hardhat, and at one point were very popular but lately, these are difficult to find on the market.

Another option is to create more shade for yourself, and you can do this by wearing wide brim hats and hard hats that have shade extenders and visors – this is very effective and also will protect your eyes from UV rays. For more ideas on ways to stay cool on your job site this summer, click here for the article and readers comments…

Construction Company Shares Secrets Of Safety Success

Monday, July 13th, 2015

When you work with Western Construction Company, one of the first things you will realize is that safety is the top priority and if you want to keep working for this ultra-safe company, you need to be prepared to do things the correct way. Western Construction Company has a recordable safety rate that is far below the industry average and if you ask Safety Director, Eric Olsen, he will tell you the secret includes a commitment to safety, diligence, and consistently applied and adhered to best practices. The achievement of these safety numbers is impressive with 900 employees putting in 1.9 million hours of work per year.

In an attempt to get their safety numbers even lower, Western Construction found that a large number of accidents are new-employee related, and so by launching a new-employee accident reduction plan, the company more-then-likely will achieve those desired numbers. To read more details about this companies safety plan, you can click here…

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