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I want to share tips about safety here. Ive been looking at safety threads and they are kind of spread out. So I want to have 1 thread where

It can be ladder safety, roof safety, truck/trailer safety, tool safety, etc... Anything related to safety is welcome. Even if it seems obvious to you, it may save some else money or from injury.  

I'll start with something simple.

 1. It is a standing rule that anytime an extension ladder is moved, it must be carried by 2 people. I used to carry them alone and almost got hurt when a gust of wind put me off balance. It could have also damaged my customers house.

2. Once a job is finished the safety rope is put into a bucket with holes drilled into it and rinsed thoroughly so that the integrity is not compromised too quickly by the SH. We also replace the rope every couple of months.

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 I believe every person should have a first aid kit as well as a mini fire extinguisher somewhere on their rig.  Better to have one and never use it than to need one and not have it. IMHO

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If you HAVE to get on a roof, use cougar paws. If you want to add repairs use a sub who is accustomed to working on steep pitches in contorted positions. Not a bad idea to take a 40 hr HAZWOPR class to familiarize yourself with chems and reactions.

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If you HAVE to get on a roof, use cougar paws. If you want to add repairs use a sub who is accustomed to working on steep pitches in contorted positions. Not a bad idea to take a 40 hr HAZWOPR class to familiarize yourself with chems and reactions.



That thread was what got me thinking of a thread dedicated to safety. Thanks Rodney!

 



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Although not a "safety" issue - it pertains to regulation.......if you're carrying that important little fire extinguisher in your truck - make sure you have MSDS for it too!

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Good point Roger. Thanks. Also have it incepted to make sure its in good working order.

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I carry a First Aid Kit and eye wash kit

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Rodney wrote:

If you HAVE to get on a roof, use cougar paws. If you want to add repairs use a sub who is accustomed to working on steep pitches in contorted positions. Not a bad idea to take a 40 hr HAZWOPR class to familiarize yourself with chems and reactions.



That thread was what got me thinking of a thread dedicated to safety. Thanks Rodney!

 

 



Glad to help. I spent 8 weeks in a cast. Fortunately it was winter. I still got on low pitch roofs(in a cast). What a BONEHEAD!!!

 



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Here is the OSHA Small Business Handbook in
PDF you can download and print.


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Do not store your rope,harness or lanyards on the outside of your truck. UV is very hard on these ropes. This equipment needs to be out everynight for drying out.

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Additionally for ladders all persons on a job need to be made aware of all overhead power lines prior to job start. I still train my guys that you always look up and clear the direction you are moving in

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Ridgeway Roof and Exterior wrote:

Additionally for ladders all persons on a job need to be made aware of all overhead power lines prior to job start. I still train my guys that you always look up and clear the direction you are moving in




i PREACH look up to everyone. home owners seldom even look up. i had a lady tell me no i dont have any stains on my ceilings. called me at 9 pm and said when she laid down she saw a stain ABOVE her head!!!!! noboody flippin looks UP! we are predators by nature with no threats from the sky. think how many times a day you look down.



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Rule of thumb when setting ladders. With your toes at the feet of the ladder, extend your arms and if you can place your hands on the ladder without bending your arms or bending to reach, the ladders will be at the proper angle. This was taught in a series of fire fighter training I, II, III. If the ground is wet (ok, this might not meet an OSHA standard but might save your butt), drive a crow bar into the ground at the bottom rung so that the hook is over that rung. Keeps the ladder from slipping. If you want to meet a standard then you have to tie it off with a rope. Your call.

When adding an extinguisher to your equipment keep this in mind:

ABC (or multi-purpose) fire extinguishers use ammonium phosphate as the extinguishing agent. The ABC fire extinguisher is effective on Class A, B, or C fires.

In our case, we need to be more concerned with Class B. Get a good quality 5 lb. or larger
that can be refilled and tested.


First aid kit: A good metal box with a gasket. I have two, one box is over 25 years old and I always add butterflies to mine. A small to medium cut can be closed, without a trip to get stitches. It takes a little practice. They have saved my butt and even people around me many times. These can be found at most drug stores but here's a picture. http://www.cpr-savers.com/Industrials/ban1.html

Another really good adition is gauze tape. Gauze tape is actually just self-adhesive gauze — gauze that sticks by itself. Once you use it you will never use anything else.


Here's an example of kits.
http://cpr-savers.com/Industrials/contractors-construction-first-aid-kits.html


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Get into the habit of placing a safety cone at the front and rear of your vehicle when you set up for the job. Make the cones are the last thing you put away before you leave, so you can be sure nothing is behind your or in front of your vehicle when you pull away.

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Good thread.

Hey Bill,

What are the chances of you posting your safety presentation from Charleston?
I was in a class and missed it.


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Redfisherman wrote:

I carry a First Aid Kit and eye wash kit




 By the way the eye wash doesn't do you any good in the truck. By yourself a small pouch and keep the eye wash on your belt.



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One of the most inportant safty measures that evryone at the job site should know is " YOUR LOCATION " When I get to a job I say the adress and slide the bill onto a clip on the visor and we all know where it is, the owner may not be home or neighbors may not be home. If you ever need help in a hurry the first main question is what is " YOUR LOCATION "

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In a emergency always us your cell phone to call 911. The 911 operator can tell exactly where you are.

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Not totally true only a few 911 dispatchers have tue software to do that.

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Well we got it in N.Y. ! We must be ahead of some other States.

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