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How to Choose Fall Protection Equipment

Posted by Nardine Bellew Apr 24, 2019 11:51:24 AM

There are so many choices when selecting safety harnesses—different types of buckles, padding, impact indicators, and more. All OSHA-compliant harnesses will keep workers from plummeting to the ground below, but pricier models will do more to prevent injury; they may have additional padding in essential locations, more adjustment points, additional stretch in the webbing, or other safety features.

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Topics: safety, Construction, fall protection, harness, fall protection equipment, D-Ring, rooftop, protective equipment, personal fall equipment

How to Prevent Falls at Your Job Site

Posted by Nardine Bellew Apr 23, 2019 4:39:40 PM

Scaffolding and ladders can be a construction worker’s worst enemy. Without proper safety equipment, they are putting themselves at risk for the #1 cause of construction fatalities—falls. With one of every three construction deaths being the result of a fall, it’s an employer’s responsibility to provide proper protection.Contact Us

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Topics: safety, Construction, personal fall protection, ladder, scaffolding

Best Practices for Rooftop Spring Cleaning

Posted by Amy Westebbe Apr 4, 2019 2:07:28 PM

Spring signals that it’s time for a new start. So after the ice melts, what can you do to renew the safety of crews inspecting a roof or working on rooftop systems? A good idea is to check for debris left over from snow, ice and gusty winds. And why not use this time to review safety policies, conduct a company-wide refresher on rooftop safety, and make sure that your workers and job sites are well equipped.  

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Topics: Construction, fall protection, OSHA, roof

Tips for Working at High Elevations

Posted by Susan Ring Dec 27, 2018 7:20:53 PM

Hazards and dangers are inherent in any job, but when working high up in the air, the risks increase. From roofers, to window cleaners, to construction workers – everyone needs to be prepared for the risks involved in their job while working at a higher elevation. Most accidents that occur are a result of falls but many of these can be prevented. Here are some tips to increase your awareness and help you to stay safe at higher elevations.

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Topics: safety, Construction, personal fall protection, protection, roof

Fall Prevention FAQs

Posted by Susan Ring Sep 19, 2018 10:02:44 AM

Can you remember coming across a situation in which you felt unsafe and your intuition kicked in to guide you through? Thank goodness for that sixth sense. Sometimes, however, it's not about intuition. It's about knowing the facts and getting input from knowledgeable safety experts. Our priority at General Safety Services is to keep people safe. (It is our middle name, after all.) We'd like to share some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive to help you with your safety process.

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Topics: safety, Construction, OSHA, personal fall protection, roof, skyilght, window washing

Hidden Hazards At Your Job Site

Posted by Susan Ring Sep 4, 2018 11:13:21 PM

According to OSHA, falls are one of the most common causes of work related injuries and deaths. But did you also know that many of these accidents can be prevented? Most falls aren't from terribly high roofs. Most falls are from ladders and roofs less than 10 feet high.

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Topics: safety, Construction, fall protection, personal fall protection, protection

Safety First: Why Don’t You Have Fall Protection?

Posted by admin Jan 19, 2017 8:32:58 PM

Last Tuesday, a local construction worker fell to his death in a tragic accident; his fall yet another unfortunate statistic enforcing the need for proper safety equipment. Despite regulations, the contracted HVAC worker was alone on the roof of the Millbury Cinema complex when he fell approximately 30-35 feet from the unsecured structure. The victim was unresponsive to first responders and later pronounced dead at UMass Memorial Medical Center. While deemed an accident, NBC’s website reports, “a MPD Detective, the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representatives are conducting concurrent investigations” (Buja, 2017).

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Topics: accident, death, Boston, Construction, fall protection, local, n m, News, roof

Women in Construction

Posted by admin Jan 5, 2017 3:09:33 PM

Construction is a man's world. This generalized and gender-biased opinion regarding gender in careers requiring manual labor is this: women can’t, shouldn’t, and aren’t welcome. Or--perhaps even more discriminatory--women who do work physical jobs are less “feminine” than those who do not.

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Topics: safety, working, Construction, News, women

New OSHA Ruling & What That Means for You

Posted by admin Dec 21, 2016 1:48:12 PM

OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment Ruling

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Topics: Construction, fall protection, News, OSHA, personal fall protection

Skylight Regulations Require Fall Protection Equipment

Posted by admin Dec 9, 2016 1:30:22 PM

Many homeowners enjoy the additional sunshine that a skylight can bring. However, installing a skylight can be quite dangerous for construction personnel. In fact, occupational fatalities caused by falls remain a serious public health problem throughout the United States. Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries indicate that falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic injury death in the workplace, accounting for 13.7% of such deaths (808 of 5,900) in 2001. During that year, 23 workers died in falls through skylights, 11 died in falls through existing roof openings, and 24 died in falls through existing oor openings. Most of these deaths occurred in the construction industry [BLS 2002(a)].

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Topics: Construction, fall, industry, News, protection, roof, skyilght

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