Understanding Environmental Hazards on the Work-Site

Every year, power line electrocution leads to numerous injuries and fatalities. Not to mention, each power line carries a high voltage, making it an even greater safety hazard. There must be a way to reduce the rate of injuries and deaths. Our Sigalarms protect against power line contact by warning those who are in close proximity. However, power lines aren’t the only safety hazard to keep in mind. In the lifting industry, environmental hazards play a huge role during the labor process.

Environmental Hazards

Working outdoors presents an array of factors that may lead to risk. In fact, cold weather and marine habitats present safety hazards when designing, manufacturing, and handling lifting equipment. Because freezing temperatures are prevalent in the United States and Canada, it is critical to be aware of the consequences. There’s more at risk than workers. The equipment itself presents additional hazards that can affect everything in its boundaries. How exactly do environmental hazards affect workers and their labor?

Freezing Weather

By all means, once the temperature decreases below freezing, equipment can become affected. Unlike other materials, there are some tools that cannot withstand such extreme temperatures. The majority of today’s equipment has been designed to battle through cold weather. However, systems found in lifting equipment contain components that become a hazard when in frigid temperatures. For example, the fluids, electronics, hydraulics, and engines.

Marine Habitats

Working in coastal areas is a hazard in itself. Additionally, using cranes to lift materials can be a challenge when near the shoreline. One common material on-site is steel, which can be greatly affected by water. For example, steel may experience corrosion, fatigue, or brittleness due to cold weather and water. For cranes, this can also be a serious matter. To determine the suitability of equipment, always contact the manufacturer to determine the properties of equipment being used in marine environments.

Effects of Weather

Weather is a major driving force and determinant of the energy or electricity consumption pattern. Recently, the U.S. East Coast has experienced arctic winds, leading to temperatures below zero. Mainly, frigid temperatures have a great effect on a material’s durability, strength, toughness, and brittleness. When completing projects, workers must be confident that equipment will carry out tasks effectively. Lifting equipment serves to take the place of manual labor in a safer and more efficient way. Without the proper function of materials, multiple issues may arise. In some cases, it may lead to injury or death.

Power Line Outage

In previous years, America has experienced severe power outages due to downed lines. In fact, during the winter of 2012-2013, the U.S. East Coast suffered the worst blackout of the decade. This is due to the extremity of the cold winter climate. Not to mention, a lack of preparation left the states in turmoil. With this information, we can begin to measure the effects of winter on power supply. The industry needs to figure out a way to balance the electrical demand during extreme weather. Sigalarm is on a mission for safety, and we must work together to prevent future mishaps.

Safety Above Weather

Since 1952, Sigalarm has had an influence in the world of safety with their proximity alarms. Before manufacturing warning systems, Sigalarm considers all factors, such as weather, to ensure safety. To that end, Sigalarm has wireless proximity alarms that can operate in almost all environments. Contact Sigalarm today to learn about their warning systems available and the new ones coming out!

Wire Rope Maintenance

As the world leader in power line warning systems, Sigalarm takes safety to the next level. Part of that safety involves properly maintaining machines on the work site. When developing power lines, wire rope serves as an important tool within the process. It is used to lift and equip cranes which then assists workers in lifting other necessary materials. A wire rope consists of hundreds of components that must move and interact in unison in order to bend and support massive weights. Workers must keep this mind when planning their next project. To ensure a successful and timely project, it is beneficial to take safety precautions from the very first step.

Read more
Responding to OSHA violations

Construction companies all over the world battle with employee misconduct that leads to violations. While the majority of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards deal with employer responsibilities for workplace safety, there are many factors that account for violations of these rules. After receiving inspections from OSHA about employee misconduct, construction companies raise the following question. What if a contractor has trained its employees on safety rules but these workers refuse to follow procedures? Is the employer still responsible?

Read more
Safety Regulations to Combat Future Crane Accidents

Crane accidents have been prevalent in the news recently. In April 2019, a crane accident happened in downtown Seattle killing four people and injuring three others. Unfortunately, about 44 people are killed and injured each year in the U.S. from crane accidents. These mishaps have led operators and contractors to question whether or not they have the proper training needed for these cranes. According to Alabama-based crane inspector James Pritchett, most crane incidents come down to human error. At the end of the work day, laborers need to be aware of all necessary precautions in order to ensure safety. Our mission at Sigalarm is to save lives in every circumstance we can. This includes supporting regulations to combat crane accidents.

Read more
Trenching and Excavation Safety, What You Need to Know

There are numerous trenching and excavation safety requirements set by OSHA. This is no surprise, as trenching and excavation are among the most dangerous construction operations. OSHA defines excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the Earth’s surface formed by earth removal. On the other hand, trench is a narrow excavation (in relation to its length) made below the surface. Read on to learn some of the key elements to enforce excavation safety.

Read more
Reducing Risk Exposure

The construction industry holds one of the highest risk quotient in the business world. So, it is needless to say that they follow regulations and equipment training thoroughly. However, companies can reduce risk exposure even more if they train their employees on different equipment and find solutions that contribute to having an even lower risk exposure on the job site. Read on to see how companies can achieve this.

Read more
OSHA announces final rule

OSHA’s electric power generation standards address workplace safety. The rules within the standards concern the safety and health of employees working with electric power generation, transmission and distribution. However, the final rule was updated nearly 40 years after they had been established with the aim to improve the operation and maintenance of equipment. Read on to see why these standards are crucial and demand periodic revision.

Read more
Firetruck Power Line Accidents

There is a nearly endless list of equipment that can benefit from Sigalarm installations. These are vehicles with masts, such as television Electronic News Gathering vans, border patrol vehicles, and fire trucks. It’s important to note that power line contact accidents are common outside the construction industry too. So, in the case of fire truck power line contact accidents, what measures can employers take to ensure safety?

Read more
Aerial Equipment Safety

Accidents related to power line contact are more common than not. Whether it happens to crane operators or workers on the ground, this is a problem that Sigalarm fights to resolve. But what about the safety of those operating aerial equipment? While Sigalarm proximity alarms are not designed to work within 10 ft from power lines, it is important to address aerial equipment safety.

Read more
New OSHA Standards Spur Response From SC&RA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, provides a range of guidelines designed to keep workers safe on the job. As of May 2018, OSHA printed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding construction cranes and derricks. The goal was to provide clarification on employer responsibilities regarding crane operator safety. Sigalarm is deeply concerned with this topic. Read on to learn about the latest OSHA operator certification rules, along with the SC&RA’s response to the changes being proposed.

Read more