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Aug30

2019

Labor Day represents the end of the summer for many of us. We start looking toward trips north to our favorite tree stand, football season is on the horizon, and...

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Aug9

2019

What are blood borne pathogens? Blood borne pathogens are microorganisms in blood or body fluid that cause disease in humans. The two blood borne pathogens that have received the most...

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Jul12

2019

•Always be mindful Be aware of potential hand hazards before an accident can occur. •Analyze the work task Look out for pinch points, sharp edges, splinters or protruding objects, exposed...

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Jul3

2019

1. Attend a Local Event that Employs Firework Professionals.   The best way to remain safe during a firework celebration is to attend a local event.  Leaving the firework deployment...

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Jun28

2019

What is a Safety Culture? Safety Cultures consist of shared beliefs, practices and attitudes that exist at all levels of an organization. Culture is the over all feeling created by...

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Apr19

2019

In construction we come across high-risk tasks which in some circumstances cannot be controlled. Some ways they can be controlled is by using fall prevention methods like guardrail systems, coverings...

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Jan4

2019

When operating or working around heavy equipment remember these key points: • Conduct a pre-inspection of the equipment. • As the operator of the equipment know and understand your working...

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Nov2

2018

An inorganic compound formed by combining silicon and oxygen atoms.There are two types - Crystalline & Amorphous, Crystalline is the most hazardous and it is the one we are talking...

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Oct19

2018

Aerial lifts are one of the most frequently used pieces of equipment on most job sites.  Pipe fitters use aerial lifts. Carpenters use aerial lifts. Laborers and Ironworkers use aerial...

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Oct12

2018

The CDC estimates that every year 9% of the U.S. population is hospitalized for confirmed flu cases.  As we approach early fall and the CDC’s recommended time for vaccination, let’s...

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Sep10

2018

EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILL PROCEDURES:All Ideal employees and our Subs are required during emergency EVAC drills to do the following:• Ensure fire protection equipment is operating properly.• Train employees on how...

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Jul6

2018

Outdoor workers are exposed to a variety of hazards that depend on their type of work, season, and duration of time they are outside. A specific hazard that outdoor workers...

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Jun29

2018

Summer is in full swing. The sun is shining, temperatures are rising, and the grass is growing. More importantly, we will be celebrating Independence Day with family, friends, cold beverages,...

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May11

2018

-Extension Cords-Extension cords that we use on the job have to be 3 wired cords with a ground plug, and a minimum of 12 gauge wire is required. Three wire...

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Apr20

2018

Most areas of the United States are susceptible to tornadoes, and with the recent weather patterns we have had anything is possible. Tornadoes typically occur during the spring and summer...

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Feb19

2018

US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates 4,000 reportedinjuries, with extension cords each year. Additional 3,300 incidents involveresidential fire,originating from extension cords.What causes these injuries? Short circuits, overloading, damage and/...

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Dec11

2017

Dehydration is usually associated with work being conducted in the warmer summer months. However, workers have an elevated risk of dehydration in cold weather because the body’s thirst response is...

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Nov27

2017

“Winter is coming” and with it snow and ice. Winter weather conditions pose serious hazards to a construction site. Here are a few of these:• Slips due to wet, icy,...

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Sep22

2017

You know the symptoms - sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes. It is that miserable morning when you wake up and say “ Dang… I am sick.”...

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Aug25

2017

You never know what you have until it’s gone!?ALKS This is especially true of hearing loss!Failure to wear hearing protection can cause irreparable damage to your hearing. This loss is so...

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Aug11

2017

Asbestos is a regulated substance that can only be sampled, removed, altered,repaired and transported by Licensed contractors.  ALKSWhat is Asbestos?Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was commonly used until the...

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Jul28

2017

Proper HydrationWe have all experienced it at some point while working hard: fatigue sets in, your mouth feels dry, your legs are heavy and you may even get a headache....

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Jul21

2017

Breathing in hazardous substances can lead to hospitalization immediately or years after an exposure. These exposures can lead to severe illness or even cause death. When working in areas with...

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Jul14

2017

SafetyDrawing the knife towards you instead of away from your body.Working with a dull blade. (Dull blades require more pressure, increasing the potential for injury).Trying to cut more than the...

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Jul7

2017

Sun Protection – Proper PPE should be worn to protect skin from direct sunlight for employees working outside. Hardhats, long sleeves, sunblock, and approved safety sunglasses should be worn to...

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Jun30

2017

Remember to....-Keep spectators at a safe distance from the deployment field-Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks-The person deploying fireworks should always wear safety glasses-Do not deploy fireworks...

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Jun23

2017

In an effort to help combat distracted driving, Ideal Contracting has launched a company wide campaign to help prevent distracted driving. We have added it to our company orientation, handed...

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Jun9

2017

When construction equipment is rumbling around a project, you must keep your eyes open and watch your step. If the construction workers and the operators both keep their eyes open,...

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Jun2

2017

What should we do when operating a lull?•Inspect your equipment prior to use.•When operating inside a building, in tight areas, or when your vision is blocked, utilize a spotter.•Plan your...

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May26

2017

This is the time of the year for roof work. When involved in roofing work there are a lot of things to keep in mind.•Make sure all Inspections have been...

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May5

2017

Almost every month somewhere in the news you can read about a worker being injured or killed when a trench they were working in collapses. These injuries and fatalities are...

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Mar31

2017

Construction workers who perform work on or near roadways are at greater risk of both fatal and non-fatal injuries when working near passing motorists and construction vehicles. Each year more...

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Feb24

2017

Cave-ins and slough-offs can be a major risk in the construction industry. Excavations andtrenches must be properly shored or cut back to an acceptable angle of repose; otherwise, therewill be...

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Feb17

2017

Scaffolding is a crucial aspect to many construction jobs, whether working from it or erecting it, knowing the safe work practices is extremely important. Understanding scaffold safety will prevent many...

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Feb10

2017

 When we think of safety generally we don’t think of foot protection until we injure one or both of them or your site has special requirements for footwear. Selecting the proper...

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Jan6

2017

The spreading of germs are as easy to spread as, 123 or ABC. How many times have you seensomeone in the restroom and leave out without washing their hands? The...

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Dec23

2016

While eye safety is a commonly discussed topic on job sites across the country, nearly 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work each year, with many of them having lost...

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Dec16

2016

Throughout 2016, there have been 41 Michigan worker deaths. Utilizing risk assessments and identifying potential hazard prior to work may have prevented these unfortunate circumstances. The Occupational Health and Safety...

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Dec9

2016

What should you do if there is an active shooter event on your jobsite?The department of Homeland Security suggests using the RUN, HIDE, FIGHT model.What does this mean?•First keep in...

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Dec2

2016

Few people can think clearly and logically in an emergency because an emergency can take on many forms and is not something we deal with on a daily basis, thankfully....

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Nov18

2016

We use several aerial lifts (scissor lifts, articulating boom platforms, etc.) around our facility. Today we're going to review some safety tips for those working in and around this equipment.As...

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Nov11

2016

Driving to and from work every day is just another part of our work day. Many of us at Ideal put a lot of miles on each day. Every season...

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Nov3

2016

Does anyone know what the average age of an individual involved in a fatality at the work place is? It is not 22, 29, 36, or 44. It is 56...

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Oct28

2016

A Hot Work “Burn” Permit is required for any temporary operation involving open flames, producing heat and/or sparks. This includes but is not limited to welding, burning, cutting, brazing, grinding,...

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Oct21

2016

Remember the old saying: You never know what you have until it’s gone!?This is true when it comes to hearing loss; once it’s gone, you cannot get it back. Failure...

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Sep23

2016

We live here in Michigan and as the seasons change so will our driving conditions. Fall is upon us and the temperature changes during the course of a day are...

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Sep9

2016

There are many types of emergency situations that require an appropriate response, such as fires, tornadoes, chemical spills, and electrical outages. This week, we are focusing on emergency procedures and...

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Sep2

2016

The importance of communication is unparalleled to any and all constructionjobs. Communication is important in developing relationships of trust and understanding in and out of the work field. There are...

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Aug12

2016

Construction workers who perform work on or near roadways are at greater risk of both fatal and non-fatal injuries when working near passing motorists and construction vehicles. Each year more...

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Jul29

2016

Asphalt has been known to cause minor health effects such as headaches, nausea, and drowsiness. It has also been linked to lung cancer. Most of the asphalt used in the...

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Jul21

2016

The brain is the control center of the body. The slightest injury to any part of the brain will cause malfunction to some part of the body. The skull, under...

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Apr22

2016

Smoke Alarms There is one smoke alarm on every level of the home and inside and outside each sleeping area. Smoke alarms are tested and cleaned monthly. Smoke alarm batteries changed at least...

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Apr14

2016

Job stress is the physical and emotional harm that occurs when the requirements of a job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can...

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Apr7

2016

Stepladders are commonly used in the construction industry, but they require careful use. They are not designed for any degree of side loading and are relatively easily overturned. Slips, trips,...

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Mar25

2016

What happened? During work on a unique excavation, the sides weren’t fully protected, resulting in a bystander and worker exposure to injury due to fall within the excavation.Why is this an...

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Mar18

2016

As you know, sudden gusts of wind can cause unexpected incidents. Tell your crew that if high winds are expected, they should be on the lookout for dust, building material,...

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Feb24

2016

 We all know that there must be a cause for an accident to happen. In order to avoid accidents, we must remove the cause. Every cause is a result of...

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Feb19

2016

Staying in shape is one subject that is rarely discussed when safety is the topic. However, a person who stays in good physical condition is less likely to be involved...

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Jan29

2016

Most people don’t realize it, but according to OSHA, one of the main reasons accidents happen on the job is because of workplace housekeeping. Some people think it’s a waste...

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Jan15

2016

Working outside in the winter can be a dirty job, but many of us have to do it.Are you ready for winter work?Below are some reminders about dressing appropriately for...

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Jan8

2016

WHAT ARE BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS?They are microorganisms in human body blood or body fluid that cause disease in humans. The two blood borne pathogens that have received the most attention...