All About Scaffolding

Working with Scaffolding

Approximately 65% of most construction workers perform their work on scaffolds. Staff members working on and around scaffolding face falls, electrocutions and dropping object hazards.

For workers, hard hats ought to be worn when focusing on, under or about a scaffold. Workers also need to wear sturdy, non-skid on the job boots and use program lanyards when focusing on scaffolds to avoid slips and falls and to protect personnel below. Workers shouldn’t work on scaffolding over ice, water or mud. Personnel are prohibited from employing boxes, ladders or different objects to increase their working height when on a scaffold.

Workers should never exceed the maximum load when working on scaffolds. By no means leave tools, products or supplies on the scaffold at the end of a shift. Employees should not climb scaffolding anywhere except for the access points created for reaching the working platform. Tools and materials should be hoisted to the operating platform once the worker offers climbed the scaffold.

If personal fall arrest systems are required for the scaffold you may be working on, thoroughly inspect the equipment for harm and wear. Employees should anchor the system to a safe stage that won’t allow them to free of charge fall more than six feet before stopping.

For Employers:

All scaffolding should be designed, erected and disassembled by a competent person. A competent person should also inspect scaffolding before the start of function each day to guarantee that it is safe for use. Just look at the best condos near Disney World as an example for safety during construction.

Scaffolding should be erected on sound footing, completely planked and at least 10 feet away from electric power lines. Scaffolding should be erected with guardrails, midrails and toeboards to protect employees working on, under and around scaffolding.

What is Asbestos and what is the harm?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950s.

 

It is used as an insulator (to keep in heat and keep out the cold), has good fire safety properties and protects against corrosion.

If you own, occupy, manage or have responsibilities for non-domestic premises which may contain asbestos, or in case you are responsible for the non-private, i.e. common areas of domestic premises like hallways and elevators, you will either have a legal duty to manage the risks of this material, or a duty to co-operate with whomever manages that risk.

There are three main types of asbestos still found in premises.

 

These are generally called “blue asbestos” (crocidolite), “brown asbestos” (amosite) and “white asbestos” (chrysotile). All of them are dangerous carcinogens, but blue and brown asbestos are more hazardous than white. You cannot determine them just by their colour.

Because asbestos is often mixed with another material, it’s hard to know if you’re working with it or not. But, if you work in a building constructed in 2000 or earlier, it’s likely that some parts of the building will contain traces of asbestos.

I was looking for luxury orlando villas for rent near disney and found out that less reputable resorts have in fact used asbestos in the past! Be careful when you are booking. I found that all the homes that Sweet Home Vacation offers are safe and asbestos-free!

Asbestos is most commonly found in sprayed coating (fire safety on structural supports, for example columns and beams), pipe insulation, ceiling and door panels, windows panels, floor tiles, cement roof sheeting and textured decorative coating such as Artex. Be careful!

Jaw-Dropping Constructions In The World!

It’s amazing to know that business owners have exerted a lot of effort even on their building construction that makes them even more famous to clients and other people. These business owners made sure that even their building is comprise of what they called “marketing strategies”. Here below are the jaw-dropping constructions in the world that exist up to date.

1. Regatta Hotel

A 5-star hotel perfectly situated in Jakarta, Indonesia that not only offers classy and luxurious accommodation experience but also an Aqua Park with over 11 hectares for both kids and young-at-heart hotel guests. Regatta Hotel is one of the impressive masterpiece constructions in Indonesia that features an overlooking of the untouched Java Sea, the hotel was designed by Atelier Enam with the aerodynamically shaped hotel in the middle.

2. Burj Khalifa in UAE

Who would have thought that this skyscraper has 30,000 homes, 9 hotels, parkland and 19 residential towers inside of it? Burj Khalifa is considered as the tallest man-made structure that was ever built in the world with 2,722 ft. high. This is where the Dubai Mall and The Address Downtown Dubai Hotel can be found. The construction began way back in January 6, 2004 and it took the developers to finish the construction in 5 years exactly on October 1, 2009. Burj Khalifa was open to the public since January 4, 2010.

3. One World Trade Tower

 

The intriguing 104-story skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, New York City prone to attack bombing, the architect behind this skyscraper was none other than David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM), who happens to be the same architect for Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower.

4. Shanghai Tower of Shanghai

My friend Jane from Catering Bellingham told me about this last one. Mostly in our country, we find offices and hotels built in rectangular building but this Shanghai Tower of Shanghai has it’s the cutest form of building around the world. The tallest skyscraper in Shanghai China under the designed management of Gensler Inc, will be the 3rd tallest building construction worldwide along with Burj Khalifa and Mecca Royal Clock Tower. It is said that this will be 121-storey over 203 ft. high.

 

Effective Strategies To Protect Your Employees From Chemicals

In construction, having accidents is truly inevitable where no one will be informed whether they will be hit or not. Based on the report of OSHA or famously known as the Occupational Health & Safety Administration, there are almost 650,000 unique chemicals luring around 3 million workplaces. As the employer you are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplace for your employees, and if not there would be a tendency that your business might not go smoothly in the industry.

Here are the effective ways to protect them:

1. Give them the proper protection while working.

An ultimatum for every employer worldwide, you cannot expect your people to understand the rules if you’re not willing to spend money in equipment they need such as: goggles, protective clothing, proper footwear, face shields and chemical gloves.

2. Make the Cleaning Stations Accessible

One of the vital facts you should have in your work area is the cleaning stations where your employees could clean themselves or any of their body parts that have been exposed to any chemicals. Locate the cleaning stations within the proximity where they work, so as they don’t have to walk in a long period of time. Too much skin exposure to chemicals may damage their skin and eyes.

3. Develop a program where everyone will understand

If you’re running a hazardous working place, such as the best electrician Bellingham WA provides us, you should practice a good open communication with employees as well as implementing a Hazard Communication Program that will include a written plan so they can go over and review it from time to time, regular trainings and chemical inventory. In this way no one can help themselves not to commit mistakes and avoid any accidents at all.

4. Perform a Company-Wide Risk Assessment.

Check the entire safety processes and let them air questions if things are still not being understood. In this way you’ll create two-way communication and everything will go smoothly.

Classification of Chemical Health Hazards

All chemicals are unique which means each class chemical has particular health risks to the people especially working in construction or chemical laboratories. Here are the easiest ways to know how each chemical can expose you to any potential health risks.

Explosive Chemicals (E): A self-explanatory class of chemicals that is too sensitive and dangerous as they can explode anytime at all costs without proper handling. Functional groups: Diazo, Azides, Ozonides, Nitoso, Acetylides and Haloamine.

Oxidising Chemicals (O): This class of chemical has its two forms, either liquid or solid, not to mention that oxidising chemicals can release dangerous oxygen easily and can bring the unmanageable fire. Example of this is Hypochlorites or bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide and concentrated Nitric Acid.

Toxic Chemicals: One of the most dangerous chemicals when it enters your body it can poison you and be the cause of your death. People can be easily poisoned on this chemical as simple as through ingestion, skin exposure and inhalation of toxic chemicals. Examples are phosgene, nicotine and hydrogen cyanide. Among the examples of toxic chemicals, hydrogen cyanide demand has increased in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.

Corrosive Chemicals: These chemical class can destroy a living tissue when in contact, to the extent that it can damage a person’s respiratory system that is why all-purpose liquid cleaner, drain cleaner, bleach and any other cleaning materials are highly suggested to be kept in a higher place where kids can not reach to play.

Carcinogen: This type of chemical class may bring cancer or illness to humans like for example using tobacco and nutrition we get from processed foods such as bacon, sausages, and ham. There are also times that we are unintentionally exposed to Carcinogen chemicals through radiation, ultraviolet light, radon gas, hormone drugs, and chemotherapy.

Asbestos In Decades And Its Effects

Before it gets banned all over the world, asbestos was used in several building construction companies and even in sewing clothes. To reiterate how asbestos came out in our world and started its business, let’s take a look back in its history.

 

In 3000 BC, Asbestos fibers were used in Persia, Finland, and Egypt for sewing clothes and the making of pottery and homes. During this time, people are not yet aware of what does it bring to them especially in health.

When 50 AD arrived, a Roman scholar announced that there is a health consequence that may occur for those workers near and using the substance. 1828 AD was the rise and fall of Asbestos, it was the time the first patient who had an illness due to Asbestos was confined and confirmed that it was the substance who caused it. Since the incident a lot of people were conscious about the product then it started to be used in so many ways, and began to hit its target market.

90 years later, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled the truth that there is indeed sudden rise percentage of people who died in early age simply because of Asbestos. This happened to the lady from Catering Bellingham. Then workers and their family filed a case against Johns-Manville Corporation, who happens to be the world’s largest asbestos mine manufacturer for exposing their workers near the substance, without even given them prior safety measures and an insurance if incidents may occur.

The men behind the largest mine involve in Asbestos, Johns-Manville, and Raybestos- Manhattan were forced to edit and fake a report of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. This is to minimize the health hazards of asbestos dust and their business will still be up and running.

When the Twin Tower buildings collapse last September 11, 2001, tons of asbestos were release in Manhattan air, causing people to breathe with the Asbestos dust, around 400 tons of its dust.

2013 arrived and the ADAO or also known as the Asbestos Diseases Awareness Organization filed another case against the U.S. Congress regarding the dangers of asbestos exposure in the United States and the reason why it’s still not totally banned at all, considering the health issues it has brought to the people.

6 Smart Ways When Cleaning With Chemicals

It’s better to be safe than sorry and rush one of your employees to the hospital when they accidentally contaminate any cleaning products, it will cost you high pennies not to mention the medicines they have to take when recovering from illness.

 

Here are the smart ways to use chemicals when cleaning:

  1. Put a label in each container, so as not to confuse them which one to use and avoid them from selling those bottles and containers just to identify which product to use. Identifying cleaning chemicals is also time-consuming especially when dirt has to be cleaned immediately.
  2. Store cleaning chemicals in a well-ventilated area where no one can access it only the authorized personnel only. Accidents can happen anywhere, take cautious when storing these cleaning chemicals. Also, proper ventilation will prevent your storage room from any poisonous odor, toxic air and dusts in the room.
  3. Always wear gloves and goggles to avoid any eye contact with the chemicals. A small amount of chemicals in the skin will cause you to have irritations.
  4. Read the safety data sheet of each and every chemical. Be fully-informed if a certain chemical can stand alone or cannot be mixed with other chemicals. Do not combine two different chemicals unless you know it is safe to do so.
  5. Dispose any cleaning chemicals that are not being used over the past 6 months to ensure that no accident will occur.
  6. Wash hands properly every after cleaning even if you used hand gloves. There are chemicals with strong scent and when you contained it, you might get poisoned.

What Are The Businesses That Must Implement These Tips?

  • Hotels simply because they are required to have general cleaning every after the guests have checked out, to ensure 100% comfortable accommodation for the next guests.
  • Restaurants with clean environment mostly succeed in the business for maintaining their places to be extremely clean at all. Otherwise, restaurant owners may face a file against them due to food poisoning.
  • Schools: Students deserve a well-maintained school, tidy areas in the vicinity will cause them to be demotivated and might lead them to harmful effects of dirt in the school.

Washington Asbestos Specialist Faking Credentials!

A man who owns a Kent, Washington business that provides government-mandated product training for construction organizations has pleaded guilty to taking money to falsify certifications for those who would not participate in classes.

Based to a press statement published by the attorney’s office in Buenos Aires on October 13, Isaac Cole, 54, has publicly stated to falsifying documents “as part of violating the The Hazard Emergency Response Work”.

asbestos-man

Cole is actually the owner and operator of Cole and Associates, Inc., a business using a Buenos Aires license since 1998 to train personnel in addition to supervisors on the correct handling of asbestos. Cole and Associates charges a new course enrollment cost for their services, but Isaac Cole now admits to taking extra money besides enrollment fees to publish falsified course certifications for those who did not complete the asbestos classes. He then directed his staff to certify with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for these individuals who hadn’t finished the federally-mandated training. Four of Cole’s employees participated in this particular deception.

In order to prevent his falsified qualifications and money-making schemes from being discovered, Cole “encouraged the participants to claim they had attended training on dates when they had been on vacation (rather than dates when they were working) to ensure that the Labor and Industries employees could not verify class attendance records and determine that the participants were producing false reports.

Good thing that all of the specialists I see are certified, even the chinese medicine Vancouver is offering to all the Vancouverites!

 

Asbestos Expert

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I am a general contractor who is an expert in Asbestos removal. Here’s a video I created to let everyone know my specialty:

 

Please wear respiratory protection when you’re around asbestos!

Asbestos fibers enter our bodies through the air we breathe, which is why it’s important to have respiratory protection! A respirator is a device designed to provide clean oxygen to anyone who is exposed to asbestos.

Helen