Construction Safety Journals

1. In your safety inspection of the worksite, you notice in the carpenter shop that the radial saw’s guard has been removed. The shop foreman states that the guard is preventing him from cutting lumber for a special project that must be completed before the end of the week. The foreman assures you that only a qualified operator will use the saw without the guard, and the saw will be locked out when not in use so that no one else can operate it. As the safety manager, what do you recognize as the safety hazard, and what methods are needed to remedy this hazard?
Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

2. Discuss how materials handling strategies presented in your background reading would help to assure bags are moved safely without the forklift, thereby minimizing the risk of strains or other injury.
Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

3. According to OSHA, What is the difference between a handrail and a stairrail? When are they required?
Your response should be at least 75 words in length.

4. What does the term “fully planked” mean in relationship to scaffold platforms? Why is it important?
Your response should be at least 75 words in length.

5. Briefly explain three ways that exposure to welding fumes can be reduced in an outdoor working environment. Which of the three would be the most efficient?
Your response should be at least 75 words in length.

6. Discuss hazards and precautions to be taken when operating a crane near power lines.
Your response should be at least 75 words in length.

7. Explain how the different types of trenching and excavation protective systems (shielding, shoring, and sloping) are selected based on construction site conditions. Also, please provide a brief description of each type of protective system in your discussion.
Your response should be at least 75 words in length.

8. Discuss the site evaluation steps that should be taken before starting an excavation project. Which step(s) are likely to contribute the most in preventing excavation injuries? Why?
Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

9. What is the purpose of conducting an engineering survey prior to a demolition project? Describe and discuss the major components of an engineering survey for the demolition of a two-story wood structure.
Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

10. How do the primary requirements of the hazard communication standard (written program, safety data sheets, labeling of hazardous substances, and training) work together to keep workers informed of chemical hazards they encounter at work?
Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

11. What is the difference between a permit-required confined space and a non-permit required confined space? Provide examples that illustrate the difference. Once employees are authorized to enter a permit-required space, what ongoing measures must be in place to ensure their continued safety?

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