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If you are working at heights, in a lift, on a ladder, scaffold, etc, it is important to set up a control zone to establish your work area. Establishing a control zone ensures that other works stay out of your way (come to think of it, this could be a valuable safety tool in the office as well) when you are performing potentially harmful work, i.e. if you have the potential to drop a hammer on someone’s head.
If there is potential for a piece of material to drop, or for a tool or person to fall, a control zone should be set up. Depending on the situation and the work being performed, control zones can be created by using caution or danger tape, depending on the situation. There should always be a barricade tag to explain the hazard existing inside the control zone. This also applies to control zones at heights if working close to a root edge. The industry standard is 6’, however, at Chandos, our control zones are 10’ from a leading edge. If a control zone on a roof is established, you may work within it without being tied off. The minute you cross that barrier, tie off is required.
Call before you dig because nobody digs a hole that shouldn’t have been dug.
Because summertime is the busiest season for ‘New Builds’, it’s important for us to remember that it is our responsibility to “Call before you dig”. We have a legal obligation to obtain locates before breaking ground. And if you work on site during the breaking ground stage and didn’t know that, you should feel bad.
The time and money it costs to request a locate, have them arrive on site and locate buried facilities is nothing compared to the incident of a buried line getting hit. The potential for repair and injury are far too high. We are responsible for doing our due-diligence. This is an industry standard and not just a Chandos practice.
Everyone should take the time to check “As Built” drawings in conjunction with visuals checks. Visual checks can help the Chandos team detect any hazards not identified by locates.
“Click Before You Dig” is a resource for all of Canada to help you acquire locate requests. It’s also good practice to request private locates when possible!
Literally one of the easiest way to save someone’s life.
If you’re in the construction industry, you’ve no doubt heard of near misses. Although, a refresher never hurts (get it?):
A near miss is defined as an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage – but had the potential to do so. Instead of looking at what happened, near misses are concerned with what could have happened. A simple way to put it: you’re walking on your job site and you almost get struck by something.
According to the National Safety Council, seventy-five percent of all accidents are preceded by one or more near misses. From that, we can deduce that close calls should serve as wake-up calls; something is wrong and it needs to be corrected.
We have no interest in learning the hard-way when it comes to safety. By recognizing, reporting and reacting to the underlying problems that caused the incident, our Chandos teams not only reduce the number of near misses, but also reduce the number of actual incidents in the future.
If you are asking yourself if an event was a near miss, report it.