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PPE problems: When used incorrectly personal protective equipment can create a hazard

PPE problems: When used incorrectly personal protective...

Caught In-Between

Posted by Amy Materson on Dec 05, 2014

The accident: A backhoe operator jumped off his machine to assist another crewmember. The strap of his fall protection harness ...

Spotting safety problems: Always know what’s around you

Spotting safety problems: Always know what’s...

Caught In-Between

Posted by Amy Materson on Dec 03, 2014

The accident: A dump truck backed onto a site behind a skid steer. The skid steer operator failed to see ...

Major miscalculations: When felling trees with an excavator, know when and where to dig

Major miscalculations: When felling trees with an...

Caught In-Between

Posted by Amy Materson on Dec 03, 2014

The accident: A worker using a hydraulic excavator to remove trees used a bucket to dig away from the base ...

Treacherous tire repair: Taking shortcuts can lead to disastrous results

Treacherous tire repair: Taking shortcuts can lead to...

Welding

Posted by Amy Materson on Aug 27, 2014

The accident: A welder repairing leaks on a skid steer's rim wheel used a flammable inflation product on the tire. ...

Don’t enter unprotected trenches: Following proper procedure minimizes cave-in risk

Don’t enter unprotected trenches: Following...

Trenching

Posted by Amy Materson on Aug 27, 2014

The accident: An excavator operator removed a trench shield to access broken pipe. The trench wall caved in, burying two ...

Hauling headaches: Know your load limits when trailering equipment

Hauling headaches: Know your load limits when...

Transporting Machines

Posted by Amy Materson on Jun 17, 2014

The accident: A driver was transporting a wheel loader weighing approximately 65,000 pounds on a lowboy trailer, secured by four ...

One-man machines: The operator should be the only person on a wheel loader

One-man machines: The operator should be the only...

Run Over / Back Over

Posted by Amy Materson on May 15, 2014

The accident: Crews were working at night to replace aging cast-iron water pipes in an intersection. One worker was standing ...

Drill safe: Preparation is the key to safe horizontal directional drilling

Drill safe: Preparation is the key to safe horizontal...

Electrocution

Posted by Amy Materson on May 15, 2014

The accident: Crews started working on a gas station renovation in an older residential section of a small town. The ...

Worth 1,000 words: Acquaint yourself with common safety decals

Worth 1,000 words: Acquaint yourself with common safety...

Miscellaneous

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words, but safety decals on construction equipment are worth more ...

Heavy loads: Soil exerts tremendous pressure during cave-ins

Heavy loads: Soil exerts tremendous pressure during...

Trenching

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: Working in the December cold, a utility construction worker was helping install a sewer line in a 25- ...

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