5 Minutes For Safety

Safety and Health Resources for Safety Meetings

Safety & Health Tips:Illustration of someone pushing a luggage cart - Don’t pull when you can push something. Pushing let’s you use larger muscles and you’re less likely to slip and fall.

  • Running propane- or other fuel-powered equipment indoors can cause deadly amounts of carbon monoxide to build up quickly inside rooms and other enclosed work areas. Exposure symptoms may not be detected until it’s too late.
  • Don't eat, drink, or store food and beverages around hazardous chemicals. This helps ensure that contamination doesn’t happen.
  • Stretch out your arms, legs, wrists and back when you have time. The repeated motion some construction tasks can create problems such as muscle cramps or even carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists and forearms. Stretching will help to keep your muscles loose and prevent cramps and other problems.
  • Stay alert for possible hazards during each task you perform, particularly during the final stages of a job. Don't let familiarity with the job site dull your hazard radar.
  • Prevent injuries when using cutting tools to open boxes. Always cut away from yourself and immediately sheath the blade if you stop using the tool, even for a short period of time.
  • When using power equipment in wet places, make sure the outlets have a GFI, system.
  • Do not leave equipment lying around that can cause a tripping hazard at the job site.

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