Brooke Wisdom | January 1, 2010

Visual safety

By Equipment World staff


An example of a photo showing unsafe work practices on the eLCOSH site. The trench is partially unsupported, some of the shoring is not braced by screw jacks and there is a loose board above the workers’ heads.

Show your workers exactly what an unsafe condition looks like by browsing the Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health’s website, The CPWR Center for Construction Research and Training’s website allows users to browse thousands of free photos by category in order to find images that help to teach construction workers important safety practices.

Users can browse image collection by five different categories, including hazards, injury and illness prevention, jobsite, trade and training Each photo features a description of the hazard and a caption detailing the photo as a good practice or bad practice. Users can download high-resolution versions of the photo directly from the website.

All photos from the site are provided by John Rekus, a former Maryland industrial hygienist who gave hundreds of slides of safety images to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Mary Watters, director of communications at CPWR, part of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, says the eLCOSH image site complements the original eLCOSH safety programs. Through a simple search, contractors can download safety-training materials for toolbox talks, safety meetings and tailgate meetings. When users find materials on a specific topic, the eLCOSH site offers links to pictures from the image site, allowing you to use pictures to teach workers about job site safety.

One goal of the site is to encourage contractors, safety trainers and workers to submit pictures with descriptions of the photo, the hazards involved, the trades involved, and the name of the photographer or company providing the picture. EW

– Allison Cook


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