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Working in High Places Common-Sense Guidelines for Using Ladders & Scaffolds, Joseph S. Hoff

Human error and the forces of gravity can pose great risk to those who work at height. To mitigate these risks, workers and supervisors must take the appropriate precautionary measures to prevent ladder- and scaffold-related incidents.


Safety, Accountability & Managers Who Do Not Know Better, Todd Conklin

The bigger and more complicated a safety management issue seems, the harder it is to simultaneously discipline away problems and improve safety performance. I spend much of my time talking to organizational leaders who discuss in great detail the need for discipline and accountability. These leaders often begin this conversation by saying something like this: “This safety stuff is fine and good, but at what point does personal accountability kick in?”


Improving Supervisory Leadership, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

Supervisors have the authority and ability to make changes and correct hazards on the jobsite. Therefore, how they lead, act as role models, and communicate are probably the most important factors in determining the degree to which a strong positive project safety climate is achieved.


Ensuring Accountability at All Levels, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

Everyone involved in a construction project should be held accountable for safety, including owners, management, safety personnel, supervisors, and workers.


Aligning and Integrating Safety as a Value, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

For an organization to develop and maintain an effective and stable safety climate, management and owners need to align and integrate safety throughout its activities to ensure that safety is not treated as less important than any other function of business practices. This is done by embedding and integrating safety-related language and responsibilities into policies and procedures, including performance evaluations, and clearly and consistently communicating safety as an expectation.


Demonstrating Management Commitment, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

In construction, management commitment to keeping workers safe (demonstrated through both words and actions) is critical for establishing and maintaining a positive safety climate. Just saying “safety is #1”does not automatically translate into a positive safety climate. In fact, just saying it can have the opposite effect. There are many ways management can demonstrate its commitment to jobsite safety. Which of the following best describes your company?


Residential Construction Fall Protection Update - VIDEO, Thomas P. Trauger

The presentation reviews residential fall protection regulations from different State plans. The process a homebuilder followed to implement safe work practices and fall protection solutions that comply with Sub part M, ANSI A10.32 and Z359 are reviewed. Details on equipment use, installation and problems encountered during implementation are covered.


Regulatory Compliance and Management of Asbestos Containing Materials - VIDEO, Kenneth M. Bogdan

Asbestos containing materials in the workplace are abundant and highly regulated. Failure to properly manage these building materials can result in excessive fines and long term health hazards for employees. This presentation covers methods of identification, health hazards and compliance assistance for employers in construction and general industry.


Mobile Technology to Improve Workplace Safety and Efficiency -VIDEO, Andrew Peterson

Mobile technology can be used to improve workplace safety and increase the efficiency of a safety program. This presentation focuses on the breadth of mobile applications that are available to safety professionals for use in enhancing their organization’s safety program performance, and examines a case study that demonstrates the effectiveness of mobile applications


Introduction to Basic Scaffold Safety -VIDEO, John Palmer

This presentation will provide an introduction into basic scaffold safety. Topics include discussion and pictures of the 25 different types of scaffold covered in OSHA, overview of most common safety requirements such as fall protection, falling object protection, etc. and a look at some improperly erected scaffolds in order to recognize common violations.


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