In these colder days, workers must be trained not only about cold-induced illnesses and injuries, but also to determine environmental or work site conditions that may cause cold stress. They should be especially trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of cold stress or cold-induced injuries like hypothermia and frostbite.
As the weather gets colder, it's time to be aware of the signs of Carbon Monoxide build-up. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a gas that is odorless, tasteless and colorless that results when fossil fuels are not burned properly.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and is anticipated to become the second by 2020.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s not a surprise that skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer, with about 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. These cancers in the outer layer of your skin occur most where your skin is exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, lips and the backs of your hands. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer that begins in the cells that make pigment, will account for about 73,000 new cases this year. You can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by protecting your skin from overexposure to ultraviolet rays, which are emitted by the sun but also by tanning beds and sunlamps. The American Cancer Society notes the best way to avoid overexposure to harmful rays is to stay in the shade. [...]
"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. When spotted early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Early detection starts with you!" May is National Skin Cancer awareness month. DEFEND! CATCH! TAKE ACTION! Knowing early signs of detection can be the difference between life and death. Here is where to begin: Perform Regular Skin Cancer Exams on yourself and loved one's by checking your partner's skin and taking note of all the spots on the body, from moles to freckles to age spots. Catch Suspicious Spots by using the ABCDEs of Melanoma.4 A - Asymmetry - one half is unlike the other. B - Border - Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border. C - Color - Varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black; sometimes white, red or blue. D - Diameter - While melanomas are typically greater than 6mm ( the [...]
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Distracted driving is an epidemic. Be part of the solution, Just Drive.
"Just" Is All It Takes. Put Your Phone Down And "Just" Drive. "Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015." Distracted driving doesn't mean just texting, it includes anything that takes your eyes and attention off the road including eating, grooming, reading, taking pictures/videos, talking on the phone and checking email or social media apps. All of these fall under three main types of distractions; visual, manual and cognitive. A visual distraction draws the driver’s eyes off the road while a manual distraction causes the driver’s hands to leave the steering wheel. A cognitive diversion veers the driver’s attention from driving. All of these can endanger drivers and passengers alike! According to the National Safety Council (NSC) - "the ability to multitask while driving is a myth, especially when it comes to using a cell [...]
Celebrating Women in Construction Week 2018 After many years of creating a movement in which to recognize Nationally recognize Women in History's Achievements Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity in 1987. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. Consequently and thanks to this movement and declaration we also have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) week every year in March! The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) was founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955, it is an international association serving 125 chapters in the United States. NAWIC also has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Rutkoski Fencing is proud to acknowledge and celebrate all the women in the construction work force! NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. “The [...]
Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents and thousands suffer disabling injuries which is why every step matters! From step stools to extension ladders, make sure you are putting the right foot forward. Ladder accidents are preventable and the goal of National Ladder Safety Month is to raise awareness of ladder safety and decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities. Ladder Safety Tips: Read and follow all labels/markings on the ladder. Avoid electrical hazards! - Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment. Always inspect ladder prior to using it. If the ladder is damaged, it must be removed from serviced and tagged until repaired or discarded. Always maintain a 3-point (two feet and a hand) contact on a ladder when climbing. Keep your body near the middle of the step and [...]
What does safety actually mean? “Safety is both being physically safe from harm as well as actively avoiding situations with recognized hazards to keep yourself safe.” No matter where you are safety should never be overlooked and it starts in the home. Here are some helpful safety tips to begin practicing while at home and during your daily routine: Be careful when walking to your car at night. Stay in well-lit areas, walk with others and always be aware of your surroundings. Utilize your phone as a safety tool; make sure you have all your emergency contact info programmed into your phone so it’s quick and easy to access. Be cautious and trust your gut when dealing with people through online services; always agree to meet in public places and only exchange goods, services, or money in person. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors regularly to make [...]
As a New Year begins, SAFETY+HEALTH offers data to help paint a picture of the current SAFETY LANDSCAPE. Fall Protection - General Requirements (1926, 501) was OSHA'S most cited standard in FY 2017, with 6,887 violations. The largest penalty OSHA issued to an employer in FY 2017 was $2.6 Million. More than 9 out of 10 worker deaths occur off the job. The regulatory agenda published by the Trump Administration in August 2017 lists 14 OSHA regulations in three different stages: Pre-Rule Proposed Rule Final Rule The Fall 2016 agenda had 30. The National Safety Council estimates that work-related injuries and deaths cost society about $142.5 million every year. The three industries with the most work-related deaths are: Construction Transportation and Warehousing Agriculture According to the results of Safety+Health's Training Survey, the top 3 reasons for conducting workers safety training are: To reduce injuries and illnesses. To prevent complacency [...]