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TOOLBOX TALK 37/60: FIRE TRIANGLE

FIRE TRIANGLE Combustion is the rapid chemical reaction in which heat and also light are given off and is commonly illustrated by the ‘triangle of fire’: Removing one of these constituent elements will collapse the reaction and the combustion process will cease or be extinguished. Click here to see more and to download this weeks […]

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TOOLBOX TALK 36/60: TOP 10 FIRE FIGHTING SAFETY ORDERS

TOP 10 FIRE FIGHTING SAFETY ORDERS 1. Fight fire aggressively but provide safety first. The firefighter is always aggressive in the firefight but keeps safety paramount. Donot let the desire to put the fire out overpower your common sense. 2. Initiate all actions based on current and expected fire behavior. To be successful in your […]

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TOOLBOX TALK 35/60: GRINDERS

General: -Do not use grinding wheels that have chips, cracks or grooves. -Do not use grinder if it is not firmly anchored to the workbench. -Do not use the grinding wheel if it wobbles. Tag it “Out of Service.” -Adjust the tongue guard so that it is no more than 1/4 inch from the grinding […]

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TOOLBOX TALK 34/60: LIFTING EQUIPMENT

Do’s: -Wear work gloves when handling rough, sharp-edged or abrasive material such as chains, cables, ropes or slings. -Lift the load from the center of hooks, not from the point. -Protect slings from the sharp edges of their loads by placing pads over the sharp edges of the items that have been loaded. -Protect the […]

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TOOLBOX TALK 33/60: MACHINE GUARDS

Do’s: -Replace the guards before starting machines or after making adjustments or repairs to the machines. -Contain long hair under a hat or hair net, regardless of gender. -Read and obey safety warnings posted on or near any machinery. -Report damaged/inadequate machine guarding to your supervisor -Guards must be easily removable Dont’s: -Do not remove, […]

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TOOLBOX TALK 31/60: FLOOR OPENINGS

Before you talk to your crew about floor openings, read these tips: -Falls cause more injuries in the construction industry than any other type of accident. About 40% of the serious injuries in the building trades are due to falls from one level to another. -Protection of floor openings is crucial. Remind your crew that […]

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TOOLBOX TALK 30/60: STRAIGHT LADDERS

Before you talk to your crew about ladder safety, read these tips: -Make sure the straight ladder is the proper length. It should extend 36” above area of access. -It should be on firm footing. -Adjust ladder to proper slope (1 to 4). -Ladders should not be painted (painting hide’s cracks, etc.). -Clean dirty, oily […]

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TOOLBOX TALK 29/60: STEP LADDERS

Some things to know before you give your talk: – Accident studies have shown that stepladders have been involved in a high percentage of the falls experienced by certain operations – especially builders, electricians and painters. sheet metal workers, pipe fitters and pipe coverers. – Does this mean that stepladders are unsafe? Not if they […]

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