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It’s true that accidents do happen, but there are also ways to keep them from happening.

One way is being vigilant in the use of locks or lockout devices that physically secure each energy isolation point so the equipment they serve can’t be energized during repair or maintenance. Another less-safe way is the use of tags.  Tags should always be used with locks to draw attention to the fact that the equipment is locked out, and to ensure it can’t be inadvertently turned back on.

Lockout/tagout systems involve two types of workers: authorized people and affected people. An authorized person is someone with the knowledge, training and experience to engage in hazardous energy control. The authorized person generally performs the required repair or maintenance and they inform all affected employees that lockout/tagout procedures will be performed before beginning work on the equipment. The authorized person puts on locks and tags, controls the keys to the locks being used, and is the only person allowed to remove locks or tags after work is finished. The authorized person might be the machine’s operator or someone else such as a designated repair person.

An affected person is any worker affected by the equipment being out of service and who is not involved with lockout/tagout or maintenance operations. Employees who work in the same area are also considered affected if their job duties are interrupted by the equipment being shut down. We do not want an affected person turning on equipment by mistake.

A general lockout/tagout procedure can look like this:

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OSHA spells it out pretty clearly: “Working on and around stairways and ladders is hazardous. Stairways and ladders are major sources of injuries and fatalities among construction workers. Many of the injuries are serious enough to require time off the job. OSHA rules apply to all stairways and ladders used in construction, alteration, repair, painting, decorating and demolition of worksites covered by OSHA’s construction safety and health standards.”

   It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that by their very nature ladders are inherently dangerous, especially when used incorrectly. And as a result, OSHA has specific rules about using ladders and working near ladders, as well as how ladders should be designed.

    In general, there are three categories of ladders used in the workplace:

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Severe weather can occur at any point throughout the year with certain seasons being particularly prone to more frequent and intense storms. Ensuring your safety requires constant preparedness reguardless of the season or time of year.  Power outages can occur for various reasons or a combination of factors. Severe weather conditions such as strong winds, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, extreme temperatures, hail and other natural events like floods, solar flares and earthquakes can lead to power outages. Other contributors of power outages are equipment failure, human error, animals, cyberattacks and grid overloads during periods of high demand. Portable generators can serve as a temporary power source during power outages, but they can also pose deadly risks if improperly installed or operated. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) encourages consumers to increase their knowledge of electrical safety, as understanding the hazards associated with portable generators could save lives.

Here are some important facts and statistics:

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