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October Safety Topics 118-122

October Safety Topics 118-122

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Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #118
GENERAL SAFETY - THE BASICS OF SAFETY
Through several years of investigating accidents and research in the field of accident reconstruction, leaders in the field of occupational accident prevention have concluded that there are specific reasons why accidents occur. They found that workersafety is dependent on worker behavior and human factors. They developed ten safety rules and, while some of you may haveheard them before, they are worth repeating:
 
1. STAY ALERT - and stay alive. The more awake a worker is, the less likely he or she is to get hurt. If you are unsure how tooperate equipment or perform a task, ask your supervisor. Don't guess and muddle through. Make sure you know in advancethe correct, safe way to do it.
 
2. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES - work clothes should fit properly. Anything that can catch in machinery or trip you up ishazardous. Wear protective clothing and equipment as required.
 
3. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS - if you need a hammer, get a hammer. It may be handier to use a pair of pliers, wrench, screwdriver or even your fist. But you will have only yourself to blame if you break your fingers.
 
4. LEARN HOW TO LIFT - Lifting takes more than muscle; it is an art. Don't try to show how strong you are; you may end upin a hospital. Get help to handle anything that is too heavy or cumbersome for you.
 
5. DON'T BE A PRANKSTER - practical jokes and horseplay can be dangerous around machinery. If you feel the urge to play,resist it until after work.
 
6. BE TIDY - Good housekeeping reduces hazards in the workplace or your home. Always put away tools when they are not inuse. Keep the floors clean, pick up scraps, wipe up spills. A slip or trip can be fatal.
 
7. REPORTING IS IMPORTANT - Never fail to report accidents, defective equipment, and unsafe conditions.
 
8. GET FIRST AID IMMEDIATELY - if you're hurt -- even if it is just a scratch. Neglect of the injury may lead to seriousinfection, weeks of lost time, even permanent injury.
 
9. BACK YOUR SAFETY PROGRAM - If you have an idea you believe will reduce accidents, tell your supervisor about it.Set an example by obeying safety rules. Cooperate with your safety committee.
 
10. NEVER TAKE A CHANCE - Next to sheer carelessness, the short cut is probably the biggest killer of all. To save aminute or two, you may lose a lifetime. Whatever you are doing, if you are not doing it safely, you are not doing it right!!
 
 
Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #119
SEVEN COMMON ACCIDENT CAUSES
Consider this statistic: 80 out of every 100 accidents are the fault of the person involved in the incident.
Unsafe Acts
cause
 four times
as many accidents & injuries as
unsafe conditions
.Accidents occur for many reasons. In most industries people tend to look for "things" to blame when an accidenthappens, because it's easier than looking for "root causes," such as those listed below. Consider the underlyingaccident causes described. Have you been guilty of any of these attitudes or behaviors? If so, you may have notbeen injured-but next time you may not be so lucky.
 
Taking Shortcuts: Every day we make decisions we hope will make the job faster and more efficient. Butdo time savers ever risk your own safety, or that of other crew members? Short cuts that reduce your safetyon the job are not shortcuts, but an increased chance for injury.
 
Being Over Confident: Confidence is a good thing. Overconfidence is
too much
of a good thing. "It'll neverhappen to me" is an attitude that can lead to improper procedures, tools, or methods in your work. Any of these can lead to an injury.
 
Starting a Task with Incomplete Instructions: To do the job safely and right the first time you needcomplete information. Have you ever seen a worker sent to do a job, having been given only a part of the job's instructions? Don't be shy about asking for explanations about work procedures and safetyprecautions. It isn't dumb to ask questions; it's dumb not to.
 
Poor Housekeeping: When clients, managers or safety professionals walk through your work site,housekeeping is an accurate indicator of everyone's attitude about quality, production and safety. Poorhousekeeping creates hazards of all types. A well maintained area sets a standard for others to follow. Goodhousekeeping involves both pride and safety.
 
Ignoring Safety Procedures: Purposely failing to observe safety procedures can endanger you and your co-workers. You are being paid to follow the company safety policies-not to make your own rules. Being"casual" about safety can lead to a casualty!
 
Mental Distractions from Work: Having a bad day at home and worrying about it at work is a hazardouscombination. Dropping your 'mental' guard can pull your focus away from safe work procedures. You canalso be distracted when you're busy working and a friend comes by to talk while you are trying to work.Don't become a statistic because you took your eyes off the machine "just for a minute."
 
Failure to Pre-Plan the Work: There is a lot of talk today about Job Hazard Analysis. JHA's are an effectiveway to figure out the smartest ways to work safely and effectively. Being hasty in starting a task, or notthinking through the process can put you in harms way. Instead, Plan Your Work and then Work YourPlan!
"It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once
." (
Mark Twain
)
 
Safety Meeting
Given By_____________________ Date_________________
Prepared by:Justin Robinson Toolboxtopics.com 
Topic #120
THE THREE-POINT RULEYou Don't Have To Fall Off A Truck!
Falling while getting into or out of heavy equipment, a truck or tractor cab, hooking up air and electrical lines, or mounting ordismounting trailers is a sure way to get seriously hurt. An insurance industry study showed that falls from vehicles producedinjuries that were almost 25% worse than other types of injuries.
 
Even an ankle sprain can play havoc with your ability to use the clutch. Minor injuries can cost you big in terms of lost incomeand downtime.
 
The biggest single cause of falls from a vehicle is driver error and failure to follow the THREE-POINT rule.
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID FALLS?
 
No matter what type of access system your vehicle has available, use the THREE-POINT system to significantly reduce thechance of a slip or fall. The THREE-POINT system means
three
of your
 four 
limbs are in contact with the vehicle at all times-two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.
 
The THREE-POINT system allows a person to have maximum stability and support, thereby reducing the likelihood of slipping and falling. Be a winner; use the THREE-POINT system.
 
DO'S
 
 
Wear shoes with good support -- not sandals, bare feet or high heels.
 
 
Exit and enter facing the cab.
 
 
Slow down and use extra caution in bad weather.
 
 
Get a firm grip on rails or handles with your hands.
 
 
Look for obstacles on the ground below before exiting.
 
DON'Ts
 
 
Don't climb down with something in your free hand. Put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get downon the ground.
 
 
Don't rush to climb out after a long run. Descend slowly, to avoid straining a muscle.
 
 
Don't
ever 
jump out. You may land off balance or on an uneven surface, and fall.
 
 
Don't use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
 
 
Don't use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.
 
 
Don't become an injury statistic.
 
The only person who can prevent a fall is you! The professional driver or operator knows all the do's and don'ts of getting inand out of vehicles and practices the Three Point Rule every day.

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