SITE SIGN IN SHEETS… PAGING JOHN DOE!

Imagine a fire has started at your construction site. Most workers have made it to the muster point, safe and sound. But wait… where’s John? Wasn’t John on site today? No one can know for sure because John never signed in on site. Maybe John is away from site or worse, maybe John is trapped in the fire.  This emergency scenario highlights the importance of using the site sign in sheet.

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Signing in and out of site seems like an easy task, however if the system is not followed, your safety and those around you can be greatly affected.

Sign in sheets capture important information like total worker numbers on site, who’s currently on site and who’s gone for the day. This information is crucial in the event of an emergency, as it provides a roll call of who may need to be rescued.  False information like someone who is signed in but did not sign out posts a threat to the rescuers, who may risk their lives to save someone who is unaccounted for.

Lastly, a site sign in sheet helps to determine manpower requirements like upgraded site safety components. This may take the form of increased onsite facilities and site first aid requirements.

So remember to always sign in and sign out… your safety and the safety of others depends on it.

ALL IN FAVOUR OF SAFETY? SAY “EYE!”

Do you ever think about what life would be like if you could no longer see? Eye injuries can happen anywhere on a jobsite and have too real consequences like partial or full blindness, affect your depth perception and overall quality of life. More than 2.4 million eye injuries occur annually and 90% were preventable had the person worn eye protection.

The Top 3 Eye Safety Mistakes on the jobsite:

  1. Not wearing eye protection. By not wearing eye protection, workers leave their eyes exposed to various jobsite. One of the leading causes of eye injuries on jobsites, are the result of contact with foreign bodies. Splinters, chips, nails and metal fragments are just some of the materials that can cause abrasions or punctures resulting in short-term or long-term vision loss and even the loss of an eye.
  2. Wearing safety glasses that don’t fit properly. Glasses that are too big can slip off or provide easy access to the eyes through the gaps around the nose or sides of the face. Glasses that are too small won’t cover enough of the eye area and can be uncomfortable to wear, causing the wearer to remove them frequently or stop wearing the glasses entirely.
  3. Choosing the wrong eye protection for the job. The wrong choice may not provide the protection you need based on your work, whether it is related to temperature, moisture, light or any other factor. For example, you could have poor vision wearing glasses due to fog, scratches, reflection, bright lights, or even too much tint or shading.

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While taking precautions like wearing safety glasses and additional protection, the best safety practice is always to try to eliminate or isolate a hazard.

All in favour of safety? Say “eye”!

BACK PAIN… DON’T TAKE IT LYING DOWN

It can happen in an instant, you’ve been knocked out flat on your back… literally. How did it happen? Oh right… that box was heavier than expected. You didn’t implement proper lifting technique, use equipment or ask for help.

Like most jobsite injuries, the key to avoiding a back injury is to always plan ahead. Back injuries can cause a range of issues and in some cases even permanent damage.

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Here’s a few tips in helping to keep you off your back and on your feet:

  1. Use machines/equipment to help lighten the load. The safest way to handle or lift something over 50 lbs is to use whatever form of mechanical means you have available. This could be excavators, loaders, forklifts, dollies. pry-bars. Always use machinery or equipment as your first defense.
  1. Ask for help. As a rule of thumb, a single worker can safely lift to 50 lbs without serious risk of a back injury. Anything above 50lbs is simply too heavy for one lone crew member to safely lift. Ask for assistance when lifting over 50 lbs and keep your eyes out for your fellow crew members who are lifting something too heavy.
  1. Discuss the situation with your supervisor. Never hesitate to talk to your site supervisor if you feel that lifting a load could be dangerous. Your supervisor can assist in coming up with a safe action plan to move the load without injury.

While taking precautions to protect your back from injury, the best safety practice is always to try to eliminate or isolate a hazard.

Because you should never have to take back pain… lying down.

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