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Staying Safe in the Workplace: Hot Weather

With summer in full swing, triple digit temperatures can be the norm in many regions of the United States. For those who work outside these conditions can cause long term health issues or even death if proper steps are not taken.

Tips to Stay Safe:

During hot weather, you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level and drink 16-32 ounces of cool fluids each hour in 15 minute intervals.

Choose light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.  In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will keep the head cool. Make sure you wear to prevent sunburn.

If you are unaccustomed to working in hot weather, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.  If heavy activity in the heat causes a racing heart rate, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, confusion, or you feel faint or week, stop all activity immediately, and get to a cool or shady area to rest.

For more information about Using the Heat Index click here.

Staying Safe in the Workplace: Electricity

Electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year and rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States. With the safety of our employees, customers, and vendors in mind we would like to share some quick safety tips for electricity around the workplace.

  • Inspect tools, power cords, and electrical fittings for damage or wear prior to each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
  • Always tape cords to walls or floors when necessary. Nails and staples can damage cords causing fire and shock hazards.
  • Use cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
  • Be aware that unusually warm or hot outlets may be a sign that unsafe wiring conditions exists. Unplug any cords to these outlets and do not use until a qualified electrician has checked the wiring.
  • Risk of electric shock is greater in areas that are wet or damp.
  • Know where the breakers are located in case of an emergency.
  • Label all circuit breakers and fuse boxes clearly.
  • Do not use anything that has exposed wiring.
  • Do not touch a person or electrical apparatus in the event of an electrical accident.
  • Switch tools OFF before connecting them to a power supply.
  • Do not operate tools in an area containing explosive vapors or gases, unless they are intrinsically safe and only if you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Most electrical accidents in the workplace can actually be avoided when proper safety awareness is used. So before undertaking any type of electrical work, plan your job and take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of you and those around you.

Staying Safe in the Workplace: Hand Protection

Hand and finger injuries are among the most common injury location at home and in the work place. CMC Construction Services takes pride in the safety of its employees and our customers, so we would like to share the most common type of hand injuries and how to prevent them.

The three most common types of hand injuries are traumatic, contact and repetitive.

  • Traumatic injuries often occur during use of machinery or tools and include fingers get caught, crushed, cut, or torn. To help prevent these types of accidents, use shields, guards, gloves and be sure to keep any loose clothing and jewelry away from moving parts.
  • Contact injuries include burns and damage to tissue resulting from contact with chemicals, acids, solvents and hot surfaces. When handling these items always read the safety labels, wear gloves, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Repetitive motion injuries occur when a motion is repeated quickly over long periods of time. To help you combat these types of injuries; change your grip, hand position, or motion. If possible, rotate tasks to give your hands a rest.

Healthy hands are built to last a lifetime so always be aware of your environment and take the proper precautions in any situation.

Always Being Ready – First Aid and CPR Training

CMC Construction Services takes pride in its continued commitment to safety. Each month we will highlight the efforts of CMC Construction Services and its employees as they work together in an effort to make the workplace and home safer.

Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

Recently at the Houston South branch employees took part in American Heart Association First Aid and CPR training and certification course. This class was given by Warren Stapleton (51), who is an instructor for the American Heart Association thru Memorial Hospital Life Flight program.

This course teaches critical skills and knowledge needed to respond to and manage a first aid or sudden cardiac arrest emergency. The employees learned how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies, as well as perform CPR and use an AED.

We would like to thank Warren for his hard work and for providing the images and information.

Hurricane Season Is Here Get Prepared

Houston, Texas

Hurricane season for the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic begins June 1 and lasts through November 30.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its 2010 hurricane season forecast earlier this year, predicting one of the strongest seasons on record.

With several of our branches along coastal waters, many are setting displays with a suggested product list for customers. Houston-South’s dynamic display sits at the front of its showroom and includes generators, water coolers, gas cans and other products necessary when preparing for a storm.

Symons Formwork Safety Seminar

Houston, Texas

Bill Hicks from Symons recently held a training class at the Houston-South rental yard to reemphasize the importance of safety with our rental products.  Symons is raising awareness about safety after an employee, with 30 years experience, was fatally injured on the job.

The training focused on following safety procedures, the importance of not working alone, being aware of one’s surroundings and looking out for co-workers.

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