Toolbox Talks


Most Violated Construction Standards

By John Howell Thorough hazard assessments for your worksites are critical to assure continued protection of staff and to avoid OSHA fines. Construction standards most violated Guarding open-sided floors, platforms and runways Housekeeping Stairway railings and guards Fall protection Portable fire-fighting equipment Wearing hard hats Guardrails and toe boards on scaffolds Height of ladders above Read More


Cold Stress

By John Howell It is that time of year again, weather can often be unpredictable and extreme. Freezing temperatures can create serious health problems, collectively called cold stress. Cold Stress Factors             Freezing or near-freezing weather Strong winds Being wet Working for long periods in extreme cold Working in poorly-insulated or poorly-heated areas Being unaccustomed to Read More


Electrical Strip Safety

By John Howell There were several fires caused by plug strip on Cape Cod this year, two with fatal injuries. A  power strip combines several sockets attached to the end of a flexible cable, allowing multiple devices to be plugged in. The biggest safety concern with power strips is their potential for fire if overloaded. Read More


Toolbox Talks: Yellow Jackets

By John Howell It is that time of year when yellow jackets become very active. It is estimated that as many as two million people in the United States are very allergic to stinging insect venom.   Every year about 100 people die from sting reactions. More related deaths may be occurring because these reactions can Read More


Table Saws

John Howell Table saws are common and heavily used tool found on the jobsite. Unfortunately when not used properly they can cause serious injuries. When using a table saw, consider the following tips and safety measures. Basic operating steps:  Only use equipment you are trained and authorized to operate. When using hand-fed saws, adjust the Read More


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