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20 06, 2017

Safety Lessons from Across the Pond and How the British Regulate Lifting Equipment

The British regulations for the proper use and inspection of lifting gear may not apply here in the colonies, but they can be helpful to get another perspective on workplace safety. While the fundamental principles remain the same, here are the basics of British lifting gear safety practices. Lifting products include any equipment used at [...]

19 05, 2017

3 Important Safety Aspects to Consider for Construction Workers

If you're beginning a career as a construction worker, it's important to fully understand the potential risks. Most construction workers take pride in being tough, but it's not just your safety at risk. You also have a responsibility to keep your coworkers safe on the job. There are plenty of jobs out there that are [...]

19 05, 2017

Understanding Best Safety Practices for the Material Handling Industry

While it might not seem like material handling requires much dangerous work, that's a dangerous assumption. Especially when workers are handling extremely heavy materials like lumber or working with equipment like cranes, forklifts, and conveyors, workplace accidents can easily happen. Even fully trained and certified workers can be injured on the job, but workers who [...]

16 03, 2017

A Short Checklist for Using Personal Fall Protection Equipment

Without any fall arrest or safety equipment, a person can easily fall upwards of seven feet in two-thirds of a second. There's just about nothing you can do in that amount of time to stop someone from falling, which means that safety equipment is absolutely crucial to have on at all times when working in [...]

7 02, 2017

Lifting Shackles: A Brief Guide

Shackles and other lifting gear have been used in our industry for many years. And although worker injuries and illnesses have recently decreased -- in 1972, there were 10.9 incidents for every 100 workers, in 2011, there were 3.4 for every 100 -- that doesn't mean that regulations are always followed. Because lifting equipment like [...]

24 01, 2017

5 Tips for Safe Web Sling Use

Moving construction materials is one of the first steps of any major construction process, aside from planning of course. It's a necessary part of every project. Cranes, derricks, hoists, powered industrial trucks, and conveyors are all used for material handling and are operated by virtually all employees. Cranes, derricks, and hoists all rely on web [...]

20 12, 2016

The Dangers of the Workplace: Review Your Fall Arrest Equipment

Working in any field that requires you to work on scaffolding can be dangerous. Fall injuries happen much too often in the U.S., and it's important that every worker follows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) three step prevention process when it comes to falls: OSHA's steps are planning, providing, and training. It's important [...]

7 11, 2016

If you are in the Construction Industry Make Sure to Follow These Safety Tips

Construction work is often defined as one of the most dangerous professions. After all, the job includes lifting equipment, hook rigging, heavy material handling, and crane training. No matter how careful a worker can be, there will be always be hazards in the workplace. In order to prevent danger and personal injury, here is a [...]

31 10, 2016

An Intro to Common Rigging Supplies

Companies in various industries rely on lifting gear and rigging equipment to move cargo on a job site. Employees must be qualified to work in these types of environments, and this may include certification that demonstrates their understanding of the engineering principles involved in rigging. They must also be comfortable with the tools necessary for [...]

20 09, 2016

Comparing the Different Kinds of Fall Protection Systems

There's a basic three-step process that all OSHA fall protection guidelines adhere to: plan, provide, and train. These simple measures can help save lives and prevent dangerous falls in the workplace. However, something as complex as workplace safety can't really be condensed into a three-word slogan. There are several choices you will need to make [...]