Why Do You Work?

by David V. Dow on June 30, 2015

Why Do Any of Us Work?

Obviously, there’s the paycheck. But, hopefully there’s more to it than that. After all, we work in a great industry:

  • There is tremendous variety almost every day. It’s rarely boring!
  • Every job is different. Size of the project, the terrain, the location, and the weather, etc. are always different. And every job site is unique. There are new challenges and opportunities nearly every day.
  • And, of course, as you work, the results are very tangible, very visible. Luckily, we don’t have to spend too much time at a desk just “pushing paper.” We see the fruits of our work right before our eyes. Buildings. Manufacturing plants. Roads and highways. Utilities. And a lot of what we build could be here 100 years from now. Think about that.

But We Have To Be Careful

Most of the places we work have the potential to be dangerous. Very dangerous. IF we don’t take the proper precautions, and use our heads as much as our hands. The tools and equipment we use, and the job sites themselves, can quickly cause serious injuries. Even death.

Back to Why We Work . . .

All of us have lives outside our work. Families. Hobbies. Travel. Church. You name it. Our work allows us to spend some time doing the things we love.

Just last week, Jimbo Pexton (TrenchSafety’s Territory Manger in our Nashville location) and I were on a construction site in middle Tennessee. As we walked around, we began to notice that all the employees were wearing photo badges. But these weren’t the normal employee ID badges. These had other types of pictures on them.

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As we took a closer look at different workers’ badges, we realized that the photos were of people and things that each wearer holds dear. And across the bottom of each badge were the words “Why I Work Safe.” The longer we were there, the more meaningful the badges became to us. Some were pictures of spouses. Some were of their kids. One fellow had a picture of his car, and there was even one with a dog.

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Is There a Better Reason to Take Safety Seriously?

Obviously, the contractor on this site takes worker safety very seriously. The most effective reminder possible is never out of sight of every employee.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday Weekend with those you hold dear.

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Hot, Humid Weather Can Be VERY DANGEROUS!

by David V. Dow on June 22, 2015

BE CAREFUL when the temperature and humidity levels combine to push the Heat Index up and up. For your outside workers it can be deadly. Fortunately, there are excellent educational resources available for you and your work crews.

 

Temperatures in the upper 90s, coupled with high humidity levels, drive the Heat Index to dangerous levels. A “feels like” temp of 100+ is not difficult to reach this time of year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999 to 2010 an average of 618 people died in the U.S per year from causes associated with exposure to excessive natural heat. Approximately 68% of heat-related deaths were males.

The bad news? This really hot summer weather of July and August is yet to come.

OSHA has created a number of training resources, which are available on a special page of OSHA’s web site.

Resources include a Fact Sheet titled “Water. Rest. Shade.”, which is available as a printable PDF in both ENGLISH and SPANISH.

Also, OSHA is an excellent source for heat-related safety measures, employer responsibilities, and worker rights. CLICK HERE.

Be careful out there, and remember: Water, Rest, and Shade!

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Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) Announces Effective Date for New Construction-Industry Confined Space Standard

May 11, 2015

  Editor’s Note: This is an UPDATE to the story we published on May 4, concerning federal OSHA’s announcement of a NEW Confined Space Standard specifically for the construction industry. The full May 4 article follows this story about the effective date of the new rules in Tennessee. When we published the first article, TOSHA [...]

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