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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.



Applying Insect RepellentAll of summer’s beauty wouldn’t be the same without nature’s most nightmare-ish creations rudely interrupting our work. While most bites are a harmless nuisance, causing swelling and irritation, sometimes, a bite can be dangerous. It’s important to know prevention techniques as well as how to act in case of a dangerous bite.

As mosquitoes and other insects begin to make their homes on our sites, there is no better time to visit some safety tactics to lessen your chance of getting stung or bitten.

1. Avoid scented deodorants and sprays.
Insects are attracted to the appealing scent of various grooming products. Try to keep those products to a minimum if you will be working outside.

2. Tighten the lids on food and drink containers.
For the same reason as above, ensure that your containers are sealed tight and put in a safe area.

3. Watch out for nests and hives.
Pay close attention to your work site. Perform a hazard assessment before you start you work, and if you locate a nest or hive, alert your supervisor and let the rest of your team know of its location.

4. Wear long gloves.
Covering as much of your body as much as possible will help keep you safe from bites.

5. Wear insecticide.
We saved the most obvious for last. There are several different types but if you have sensitive skin, there are natural products available.

Bug bites become a cause for concern if individuals have allergies, or if the insect is venomous. To protect yourself, you should be aware of your allergies. If you require an EpiPen, let your team (and your superintendent) know and demonstrate how to use it properly. While venomous spider bites are uncommon, they are a possibility. If you start to feel muscle cramping, nausea or soreness around the area, seek medical attention immediately.   

Your local weather report will provide information about various insect populations near you.






It is, however, entirely preventable with a little bit of Ultraviolet (UV) knowledge.worker and solar panels

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures sunscreen protection from UVB rays − the rays that cause sunburn and contributes to skin cancer. Typically, you can multiply the SPF number by ten to know how many minutes you can stay in the sun without burning. It’s important for Chandos employees to be aware of the dangers that come with working in the sun and the personal safety precautions they can employ themselves.

Sunlight doesn’t only do direct damage; light reflected off of bodies of water and, related to our construction sites, concrete can also cause UV exposure.

Weather reports include a UV index, which can provide you with some clues on how to prepare for your work day:

  • When the index is high (7 or higher), you can get sunburned in only 15 to 20 minutes.
  • The highest exposure of the day is from noon to 2 pm.

To limit the damaging effects of the sun on site:

  • Wear a shirt and long pants to cover most of your skin.
  • Protect the rest of your skin with sunscreen (the more you sweat, the more often you need to reapply sunscreen).
  • Protect your eyes. Wear safety sunglasses if the tint doesn’t interfere with your vision (most safety glasses—clear or tinted—decrease your UV exposure).
  • Wear a lip chap with SPF to prevent the sensitive skin on your lips from burning.
  • Reapply sunscreen if you start to feel yourself burning.