As some of you may know, April 28th has been designated as the Day of Mourning across Canada. It is to honour those who have been lost due to workplace accidents. It also plays as a gental reminder to re-new our commitment to creating safe workplaces.
In lieu of this important day of rememberance taking place just last Thursday, we thought there's no better time to remind everyone, especially in construction, to be extra cautious when out in the field. There are many preventable accidents and sometimes it just takes a simple reminder or two to keep your workplace in the safest state possible!
We turned to a recent "Workplace Safety" post by SiteMax Systems Inc. for some key pointers not to be forgotten. They are as follows:
- Never use damaged tools. Be sure to examine every tool before you use it, even if it was just used yesterday. You never know if something happened in only the last few hours that could make it dangerous for you to pick up or turn on. This applies to tools big and small- take extra precaution when handling anything that could cause you or a co-worker harm.
- Never use scaffold in bad weather. Even though you may think some light rain won’t cause a lot of problems, you should still be wary of slippery surfaces. Avoid scaffold in any sort of rain or snow storm, it’s definitely not worth the risk of trying to work through it.