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NOV 2016

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COATINGSPRO NOVEMBER 2016 23 WORK IT SAFE Workers may be at risk of crushing injuries due to contact with falling or rolling objects, as well as punctures from sharp objects. Injuries may be prevented by the use of appropriate footwear. Workers may be exposed to injuries, including: Crushing from falling objects; Crushing from rolling cylinders; Punctures from sharp objects; Burns or shocks from electrical hazards; Burns from molten metal or hot surfaces; Skin contact or burns from chemicals; Slips and falls from wet or slippery surfaces. Workers must wear protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of falling or rolling objects or objects piercing the sole. Examples include: Impact injuries from carrying or handling materials such as equip- ment, objects, parts, or heavy tools that could be dropped or from objects that may fall during work activities; Compression injuries from work activities involving forklifts, gas cylinders, and heavy pipes, which could roll onto worker's feet. Puncture injuries from sharp objects, such as nails, screws, staples, scrap, or sheet metal, which workers may step on. Protective footwear must meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z41 or equivalent design requirements. Safety shoes or boots may be required to provide special electrical conduction or insulation to prevent electric shock or static electric spark. Chemical-resistant boots may be required to provide protection from caustic, reactive, toxic, or corrosive materials during cleaning or surface preparation. Slip-resistant soled shoes should be worn when working on slippery surfaces. For more information, contact: OSHA, www.osha.gov area using a mechanism that extends and retracts the lifeline as the worker moves around. If the worker falls, the device is designed to sense the sudden acceleration and arrest the fall. An essential part of the fall-pro- tection program, descent and rescue devices are used to retrieve a worker who has fallen. Such devices include tripods, davit arms, winches, and comprehensive rescue systems. Choosing the right descent and rescue equipment depends on the jobsite, the task being performed, and the available workforce. It is important to note that fall-protection equipment goes beyond personal fall arrest systems. Other equipment needed at the construction site may include ladders, scaffolds, nets, and guardrails, depending on the work environment. A lways provide workers with the equipment they need to get the job done safely. "Fall Protection" refers to anything that can fall, whether it's a person, tool, or equipment. "Struck by falling objects" continues to be one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) fatal four, the top four causes of death on construction sites. As a result, no worker is prepared for work at height until he or she is fully equipped with fall protection for tools. For all objects at height, it's not about catching the object — it's about preventing things from falling. W hen using fall protection equipment for tools, it's important that lanyards, attachment points, and wristbands allow the worker to use the tool with little to no interference. To help maintain your workers' tools' functionalities, they should not need to modify the tool to effectively attach them to the fall protection. Products like D-rings, self-vulcanizing tape, tool cinch attachments, and quick spins and rings complement the design and functionality of the tool without altering them. Never attach a tool weighing more than 5 pounds (2.3 kg) to a person working at height. If a heav y object gets loose, the weight and force could dislocate a wrist or shoulder or, at the very worst, pull a worker over a ledge or scaffolding. Tools weighing more than 5 pounds (2.3 kg) should be secured to a fixed structure or anchor point approved by the site. Wearing and Using the Equipment Simply providing workers with the right equipment is not enough. Unlike hard hats, safety glasses, and gloves that are intuitive to use and don't require training, fall protection gear is more specialized — and workers need to be trained how to use it properly. e effectiveness of fall protection gear, no matter how durable or reliable, is compromised when workers don't use it correctly. at's why contractors should always enlist a specialist to show workers not only what tools to use but also how to use them. is is where the final letter, E, is addressed for Education & Training. W hen employ ing a fa ll protec- tion program, a lways enlist a licensed professiona l to show your workers how to effectively use their fa ll Safety Watch

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