Falls due to slips and trips

Falls due to trips and slips.
Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) here with another interesting health and safety topic. We will be discussing about slips, trips and falls today. Let us define the three terms.
(a)Slip- This refers to a situation where the surface of a footwear ( I.e the sole of the foot) lose grip with the floor surface due to reduction in friction. (b) Trip- It refers to where an obstruction or uneven surface causes the foot or leg to ‘catch’ the obstruction thereby causing the person to lose balance. (c) Falls- this is a condition where a slip or trip makes a person walking or running to fall to the ground.
Falls account for the third leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S accounting for nearly 32,000 deaths in 2014,according to injury facts 2016.
In homes and communities, more than 31,000 people died in a fall in 2014.
Common locations for falls. a. Doorway. b. Ramps. c. Cluttered hallways. d. Uneven surfaces. e. Slippery or wet floor. f. Ladders. g. Staircases
Tips for preventing falls. (1).Clean up all spills immediately. (2) Stay off freshly mopped floor. (3) Ensure to secure electrical cords and phone cords out of traffic areas. (4) Wear shoes with good support and slip resistant shoes. (5) Keep frequently used items in easily accessible areas. (6) Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed every time. (7) Install handrails on all staircases on both sides. (8) Ensure to remove tripping hazards from staircases and walkways ( boxes, toys and shoes etc). (9) Ensure sufficient lighting both indoors and outdoors. (10) Do not ever stand on a chair,table or other surfaces having wheels.
This is where we will be stopping for today,so till I come your again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) wishing you a fruitful weekend.

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Accident and its impacts.

Accident and its impacts

Hello there,this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) with another insightful topic. We will be considering accidents and who it impacts. An accident is an unwanted , unplanned event that can result in human injury, damage of assets, damage of reputation of a company.

According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), construction is one of the most hazardous industries. If an accident occurs, the mindset of some is that, as bad that it is that someone got hurt, it doesn’t affect them. What they don’t consider is that accidents don’t just affect people who are directly hurt. Indirectly, accidents affect everyone involved, in one way or the other. Picture this scenario.

An accident occurs on a work site. At the onset the injury seems worse than it is. Immediately, for a few moments, work on the job site stops to allow the injured to be attended to. This affects the schedule and causes delay. So at this point the entire job is being affected.

Meanwhile, reports of the accident gets to the public, and the company’s office is flooded with calls inquiring about the accident. Those calls tie up company phone lines, interrupting everyone’s work, delaying progress, and delaying the company’s ability to correct the problem that caused the accident.

Following the accident some or all of the following will happen to the injured person; pain, discomfort, disability, loss of income, loss of the ability to continue in his craft, total disability or even death.

Let’s consider family, it could be a wife and children. Do any of the above possibilities affect them? What about a parent or brother or sister? Friends even enter into the equations.

Now, let’s consider the foreman on the job. He is responsible for making sure a certain amount of work is completed by his crew. Anything that injures or delays one of his men, or interrupts the workflow, reflects unfavorably on his ability to control and direct the work for which he is responsible. Will an accident affect him?

What about the loss suffered by the company? Each accident that occurs on a job reflects their ability to attract skilled workers needed to fulfill a project. The reputation of the company is hurt by its failure to prevent accidents.

Lastly, let’s not forget the client, in the form of a delayed contract, additional insurance costs and their ability to get their product to the market.

All of the above is why the construction industry takes safety programs seriously. Safety programs are in place not only for you as an individual, but for everyone involved.

So till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) signing off. For your health, Safety and environmental solutions, HSE trainings and seminars, HSE documentation, Safety Guide Solutions is here for you. Reach us on 2347081101064 and safetygsolutions@outlook.com

Fall hazards at home and their prevention.

Fall hazards at home and their prevention

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) here with a fresh topic to muse on.                        We will be discussing about how children are exposed to fall hazards and how they can be prevented.

Many home injuries occur as a result of slips, trips and falls. Take steps to reduce this significant risk in your household.

Safety tips to prevent falls.     Never play on stairs, hand rails and balconies

Make sure daddy has window guards installed on windows, this will prevent falls from windows.

Don’t climb on furniture or use drawers or shelves as steps to stand on.

Consider anti-slip rugs for the floors in your home, and mats in the bathtub to prevent slips and falls

Take your children to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, wood chips, sand.   If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete or grass.

Make sure every room in your house has enough lighting, if a bulb becomes , report it to daddy and mummy.

If water or oil spills on the floor, clean it up so that it becomes dry, if not the wet or oily floor will be slippery and make someone slip and fall down and injure himself.

Make sure throw rugs are firmly affixed to the floor, or remove them.

Get each household member in the habit of picking up after themselves so that items aren’t left on the floor in trafficked areas.

Alert household members about the importance of keeping walkways clear so they’ll pick up any items they see in the way, not just ones they are personally responsible for.

Avoid leaving electrical cords in areas where people walk

This is where we will have to stop, so till I come your again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) wishing you a lovely weekend.

 

Bike Safety and Car safety tips for kids and parents

BIKE SAFETY AND CAR SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS AND PARENTS.

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) out with another interesting health and safety topic to keep you engrossed. I would like to say congratulations to every child that recently celebrated Children’s Day in Nigeria on May 27th.

You know children always look upto their parents and also like to copy what adults do. e.g  A boy or girl riding a bicycle just like his or her daddy drives a car. Usually children from five years and above will speak with their parents to get them their own mini-sized vehicle.

At this stage, as a toddler, your child would want to have a bike of his and ride it just as you his daddy or mummy drives a car.

When you eventually buy a bike for your son or daughter, it is also important that a helmet is bought.

Below are some safety tips on the use of a bike by a child

1. Make sure to wear to wear a helmet every time you ride a bike. A helmet helps to prevent head injuries and can save a child’s life.

2. Never ever allow your child to ride his or her bike in the street because the street will be busy with cars, lorries and trucks in motion, motorcycles. So the street is dangerous for a child riding a bike. So child is too young to ride in the street safely.                                                                                             3. Make sure that the bike your child rides is the right size. Your child must be able to place the balls of both feet on the ground when sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebars. The bicycle should also have coaster brakes. At this age, a child might not be able to use hand brakes correctly.

Let us now consider safety for a child inside a car commuting with parents or guardians.

A car crash is one of the greatest danger to a child’s life and health. To prevent these injuries, correctly use a car safety seat and seat belt every time your child is in the car.

As a child, you should use a car safety seat or a booster seat until the lap belt can be worn low and flat on the hips and the shoulder belt can be worn across the shoulder rather than the face or neck. The safest place for all children to ride is the back seat. Parents should always set good examples by buckling up their seatbelt always.

This is where I will be stopping for now, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide ) wishing you a prosperous new month ahead.

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Nine safety tips every mother should be aware of

Nine  Safety Tips Every aware of Mother Should be aware of.

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) here again with another interesting topic to ponder over. We will be discussing on Safety tips that mothers should know.

Some mothers usually end up fending for themselves and their children.They remain scared and worried about any harm that might come to their babies, so it’s important to ensure safety measures.

Choking or falling are potential baby injuries that can be avoided by following a few rules. Here are some things you need to know to put all potential threatening instances at bay:

1. Remote Control/Toy Batteries: Seal battery compartments of toys and remote controls with tape, including desk clocks, toys and battery-operated toothbrushes; any object that runs on batteries.

2. Purses: Never plop purses close to infants. Do away with the chance of allowing toddlers to reach over for medications, breath mints and coins.

3. Tipping: Prevent the accidental tipping over of gadgets such computers and coffee pots by taking care of proper placement and cord and cable management.

4. Window Blocks: Ensure to prevent children from getting close to windows as they might be dangerous. Bookcases and other tall pieces of furniture should be properly bolted to the wall.

5. Gym Bags and Outerwear: Never allow childre  to get near them as they may contain things like coins or locker keys that may cause injury. Always keep them properly stored.

6. Grapes and Olives: Be wary of children picking grapes and olives up as they might accidentally put them in their mouth or nose. They may choke or obstruct their nasal passage.

7. Vacuum Outlet Covers: Go for swivel outlet covers rather than plastic ones as they are not really safe and pose a choking risk. Never leave any kind of plastic bag lying around.

8. Toilets: Ensure to monitor children in the bathroom for fear of drowning in toilets, bathtubs or buckets. Accidents have happened and it’s best to close them shut.

9. Cat and Dog Litter: Toddlers, by nature, are very curious and it’s best to teach them to be away from pet food and pet faeces. Also ensure they stay away from the litter and trash can.

This is where I will have to stop for today, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade wishing a safe week ahead.

Elements of an effective accountability system

ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM.

In the bid to maintain a safe and healthful workplace, it is very important that employees are held accountable in engaging in safe work procedures after being provided with all the tools and resources needed in achieving this. When an individual is held accountable, his or her performance is (1) evaluated with respect to formal standards and (2) results in the application of positive or negative consequences.

ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

The condition of accountability in the workplace doesn’t just happen. To be effective, accountability requires careful design and performance of a supportive accountability system.                       For an accountability system to be effective, it must possess the following elements:

(A)Established standards: in the form of company policies or rules that clearly convey standards of performance in safety and health to employees. It’s important that employees understand safety policies and rules, and why they are relevant. They need to understand the natural and system consequences of their personal behaviour.

Natural consequences refer to the hurt or health the employee will experience as a direct result of their behaviour. Examples include injury, illness, and health.

System consequences refer to the negative or positive consequences administered by the organization as a result of their personal behaviour. Examples of these include discipline or positive recognition.

(B) Provision of resources and psychosocial support: for the employer to be justified, he or she must provide the physical resources and psychosocial support to allow employees to achieve the standards set.

Physical resources include safe tools, equipment, material, facilities and environment.

Psychosocial support includes safe work procedures, reasonable workload and scheduling, suitable employee relations and effective leadership.

(C) A system of performance evaluation:  this specifies acceptable behaviour. Examples of measured safety behaviour at various levels include:

Top/Mid-level managers: Measurement at this level includes personal behaviour, safety activities, and statistical results, such as following company safety and health rules, enforcing safety and health rules, arranging safety and health training and workers compensation costs.

Supervisors: Measurement should include personal safety behaviour and safety activities which they are able to control, such as ensuring employees have safe materials and equipment, conducting safety inspections and meetings, and following and enforcing safety rules .

Employees: Measurement generally includes personal behaviour, such as complying with safety and health rules, and reporting injuries and hazards.

(D) Effective consequences: Effective consequences will change the behaviour of the worker in the desired direction. These can either be positive or negative.                                               The nature of, and significance of consequences is determined by the employee receiving the consequences. One particular kind of consequence that was effective for a certain employee might not work for another employee in another situation or circumstance. Negative consequences include verbal warnings, written reprimands, suspension from work and termination. 

Positive consequences include personal recognition, raises, promotion and money.

(E) Appropriate application of consequences :  An accountability plan must address all levels of management, not just line employees. Discipline is administered only if justified.         It is important that management meet all obligations to employees to be justified.                                    The safety management system should not have contributed to the noncompliance behaviour. Positive and negative consequences should not be applied based on and employee’s accident record (a result). If you don’t have an accident, you’ll get a bonus. Rather, consequences should result only from an employee’s compliance record (behaviour).

(F) An effective program evaluation. As with any system, the design and performance of an accountability system should be evaluated on using a continuous improvement model. Safety committees or other staff may be an excellent forum for this activity.

When managers and employees are held accountable for their safety and health responsibilities, they are more likely to press for solutions to safety and health problems than to present obstacles. By implementing an accountability system, positive contribution in the safety and health program is made which will ultimately lead to the maintenance of a safe and health workplace.                                                                       Safety Guide solutions is a Health, Safety and Environment solutions provider. We offer advisory services, draft HSE documentations, facilitate HSE trainings and also handle projects where HSE standards need to be complied with.

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What is manual handling?

What is manual handling?

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) here again with another interesting topic of discussion.  We stated last time that manual handling refers to any transporting or supporting of a load(either by pushing, lifting, holding, putting down ,pulling or carrying of the load).

The Effect of posture on manual handling procedures.

Manual handling involves muscular work. There are majorly two types of muscular work, they are:

Static work: this involves maintaining a posture (holding the body or part of the body in a fixed position), thus making certain skeletal muscles stay contracted.

Dynamic work: this is when moving body parts, active skeletal muscles contract and relax rhythmically.

The difference between these two types is shown in the following illustration:when you carry boxes, your arm muscles perform static work in holding the boxes, while your leg muscles carry out dynamic work in walking.Static as well as dynamic work can cause fatigue and lead to injuries. It is very important that manual handling should therefore be carried out as much as possible in a neutral posture.

Posture is the position of your body (including your arms and legs) while you are working. Youre working in a bad (constrained, awkward or poor) posture when your joints must be held beyond their comfortable, neutral position, and close to the extreme end of their maximum range of movement. In a constrained posture, muscles can produce less force than in a more extended, comfortable one. This implies that muscles will get tired faster in awkward postures, even when the work activity does not require high muscle forces. Also, the mechanical load on the spine and joints is higher in these postures than in comfortable ones.

The Effect of the work environment on manual handling.

The following characteristics of the work environment may increase the risk of back injury:

The Space available:A lack of space to carry out manual handling may lead to inappropriate or awkward body postures and dangerous imbalance in the loads.

Floor :Handling loads on different working levels or on floors that are slippery, uneven or unstable (such as working platforms or fishing boats) may increase the risk of accidents and back injury.

Climate:The physical climate (temperature, humidity and ventilation) may affect the risk of back injury. Heat makes you feel tired, and sweat makes it hard to hold tools, resulting to requiring more force. Cold can make your hands numb, making it hard to grip objects.

Lighting :Inadequate lighting may increase the risk of accidents when handling loads.It may also make you work in awkward positions to see clearly what you are doing. 

The individual:There are also some individual factors that can influence the risk of back injury:

Experience, training and familiarity with the job (for example, new episodes of low back pain are common in the first year of employment).

Age (the risk of low back disorders increases with the number of years at work: the first episode of low back pain occurs in most people when they reach the age of 30)

Physical dimensions and capacity of the worker (height, weight and strength, etc.)

Personal lifestyle (smoking may, for example, increase the risk of low back disorders)

History of back disorders (this is a predictor of future back injuries).The willingness to use personal protective equipment (for example, clothing and footwear).

Risk assessment of manual handling activities.

Employers are required to assess the health and safety risks resulting from working tasks and activities, including manual handling. A risk assessment is a careful examination of what in the work could cause harm to people. It can then be decided whether sufficient precautions have been taken, or whether it is necessary to do more to prevent harm. The challenge is to eliminate, or at least reduce, the potential for accidents, injury or ill health that arise from working activities and tasks.

Simple steps can be followed to carry out an effective risk assessment in the workplace:

Look for the hazards that could cause accidents, injuries or ill health, taking into account the load, the task, the environment and the operatori

Decide who might be harmed and how: evaluate the potential consequences of the hazards

Decide whether the existing precautions are adequate or whether more should be done: find ways to reduce the risk

Monitor the risks, and review preventive measures.

Proper Lifting technique:You should adopt the following technique when lifting the load:

Put your feet around the load and your body over it (if this is not feasible, try to keep your body as close possible to the load and in front of it).

Use the muscles of your legs when lifting

Keep your back straight

Pull the load as close as possible to your body

Lift and carry the load with straight arms.

This is where we will be stopping for today, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide ) wishing you a fruitful weekend.For your health and safety documentation, trainings and seminars. Please contact safetygsolutions@outlook.com  or 07081101064.

What is manual handling?

What is Manual handling?

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) bringing another interesting topic of discussion. We will considering manual handling today.
Manual handling refers to any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more workers. It includes the following activities: lifting, holding, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving of a load.
Manual handling is also sometimes called ‘manual material handling’ (MMH).
Manual handling occurs in almost all working environments (factories, warehouses, building sites, farms, hospitals, offices etc). It can include lifting boxes at a packaging line, carrying of construction materials, pushing carts and trolleys, handling patients in hospitals, and cleaning.
Young workers reportedly are the most exposed of all age groups.
A sectoral breakdown of rates of exposure to manual handling shows that workers in agriculture, construction, hotels and restaurants are most likely to be exposed to heavy loads (68%, 64% and 48% respectively), followed by workers in the sectors of manufacturing and mining, wholesale and retail trade (close to 42%), and transport and communications (35%).

The possible negative health impacts of manual handling
Manual handling can lead to fatigue, injuries of the back, neck, shoulders, arms or other body parts. Two groups of injuries may result from manual handling:
• Cuts, bruises, fractures etc, due to sudden, unexpected events such as accidents
• Damage to the musculoskeletal system of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, blood vessels and nerves) as a consequence of gradual and cumulative wear and tear through repetitive manual handling. These injuries are called ‘musculoskeletal disorders’ (MSDs)and can be divided into 3 groups:
o Neck and upper limb disorders
o Lower limb disorders
o Back pain and back injuries.

What makes manual handling hazardous?
There are several factors that make manual handling hazardous, and increase the risk of injury. These are called risk factors. The risk factors, particularly for back injury, are related to 4 aspects of manual handling: the load, the task, the environment and the individual.1,5

The load
The risk of back injury increases during lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of loads, if the load is:
• Too heavy
There is no exact weight limit for manual handling. A weight of 20 to 25 kg is heavy to lift for most people, especially if the load is handled several times in an hour. Note that pushing or pulling often imposes less loading on the body than lifting or carrying.
• Too large
One basic rule for lifting and carrying is to keep the load as close to the body as possible. In order to get a broad load close to the body, the worker has to open the arms to reach and hold the load. The arm muscles cannot produce force when reaching as effectively as with the arms held in close. Thus, the muscles will get tired more rapidly when handling a large bulky load.
• Difficult to grasp
Loads that are difficult to grasp can result in the object slipping, causing sudden movement of the load. Gloves usually make grasping more difficult than with bare hands. Providing the objects with handles or using aids for gripping (e.g. when carrying plate material) reduces the load on the worker. Loads with sharp edges or of dangerous materials (solids or liquids) can injure workers, especially in the event of a collision.
• Unbalanced, unstable or if the contents can move
With unbalanced objects, it is difficult to hold the centre of gravity of the load close to the middle of the body. This results in uneven loading of muscles, and fatigue. Unstable or moving content, such as a liquid, causes uneven loading of the muscles and sudden movements of the load can make workers lose their balance and fall.
• Difficult to reach
Loads that can only be reached by outstretching the arms, or by bending the trunk will require more muscular force. The spine may easily be hurt if the trunk is bent or twisted while lifting.

The task
The risk of back injury increases if the task:
• Is too strenuous
Tasks may be very demanding if they have to be carried out too frequently or for too long with insufficient rest time (e.g. continuous lifting or carrying for long distances.
This is where we will be stopping for today,so till I come your way again,this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) signing off.
working speed is imposed by a process which cannot be altered by the worker).
• Involves awkward postures or movements
Working with a bent and/or twisted trunk, raised arms, bent wrists, a bent neck and turned head increases the risk of back injury and should be avoided, as should twisting, turning and bending movements of the trunk, overreaching, sudden movements and repetitive handling.

Working with power tools

Working with power tools

In our discussion the last time, we mentioned that a power tool is any equipment that is powered by an external source, which could be electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or powdered actuated. We will be focussing on pneumatic tools firstly. An example of a pneumatic tool is a jack hammer.

Hazards linked with using a pneumatic tool

  • Getting hit by one of the tools attachments
  • Nearby workers being struck by flying particles
  • The worker being exposed to high level noise
  • Experiencing fatigue and strains while using a jack hammer
  • Trips and falls from disconnected air hose

Prevention of injury associated with hazards from using pneumatic tools

  • Ensure to always securely fasten the air hose to the pneumatic tool
  • Ensure to always use hearing protection .e.g Ear defenders
  • Set up screens to protect nearby workers from being struck by flying particles
  • Use heavy rubber grips to reduce fatigue and strain caused by jack hammer
  • Install a safety clip so as to prevent attachments such as chisel on a chipping hammer from being ejected during operation of the tool

Let us consider a powder actuated tool. These are tools operated with the same principle as a loaded gun. Cartridges are used as source of power for powder actuated tools. They are used for fastening purposes.

Hazards associated with using Powder Actuated tool hazards

  • Ricochet of fasteners
  • Misfiring
  • Using tools on unsuitable material
  • Thorough penetration
  • Operating the tool near explosive substances

Prevention of injury associated with hazards from using Powder Actuated tools

  • Only trained worker must be allowed to use a Powder Actuated tool
  • Only appropriate powder level must be chosen to perform the work without using excessive force
  • Suitable eye , ear, and face protection must be worn while using a powder actuated tool
  • If a powder actuated tool misfires, the user must hold the tool in the operating position for at least 30 seconds before trying to fire it again
  • Never use the tool in an explosive or flammable atmosphere
  • Always inspect the tool and the barrel before using
  • Do not load the tool unless it is to be used immediately
  • Do not leave a loaded tool unattended
  • Ensure to always keep hands clear of the barrel end
  • Never point the tool at anyone
  • Avoid improper fastening that may lead to penetration, spalling, edge failure, and ricochets.

This is where we will be stopping for today, so till I come your way again, this is Goke  Akingbade (your Safety Guide) signing off.

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Working with power tools

WORKING WITH POWER TOOLS

Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) brining you another interesting topic to ponder on. We will be considering power tools and the hazards associated with their use.                                 A power tool is a tool that is activated by an external power source. They are usually portable size tools.  A power tool is determined by the external source of power supply, which could be electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic or powder actuated etc.                                                                                                                   Examples of power tools are Jack hammer, drilling machine, screwing machine and cutting machine which is otherwise known as grinder.                                                                                                                       If a power tool is not in good working condition and if not maintained properly, it can become a safety hazard. Employees whose works involve the constant use of power tools are exposed to different kinds of hazards.  Let us consider different kinds of hazards that a power tool handler can be exposed to.

General Hazards

Power tool Hazards

General Hazards due to working with power tools

Whoever works with a power tool is exposed to dust and fumes generated by the power tool.

He or she can also be exposed to flying particles, falling particles and splashing particles.

If the worker fails to wear personal protective equipment while using the power tool, he would most likely sustain injury. e.g not wearing eye protection will most likely lead to entrance of flying particles or sparks into the eyes.

A worker who has not received training on how a power tool is supposed to be used and who has not been authorized to use it will sustain injury while using the power tool.                  e.g A worker who has not been authorized and not trained on how to safely use a grinder is likely to sustain hand injury while using it.

Let us take a look at the next kind of hazards, which are power tool hazards.

Hazards associated directly with electric power tools                               Electric fire hazards and electric shock can be sustained by a worker due to the following:

If the internal parts of an electrically powered tool is damaged

Improper grounding of the tool

Damage to insulation as a result of overheating of the electric power tool

Defective insulation and wiring

A damaged electric cord which overtime is removed by the worker so as to then use the power tool with no cord

Using an electric power tool in a wet environment or when there is rainfall

Reversal of the polarity in wiring

Injury prevention from General Hazards

Ensure that all power tools are kept in good working condition, properly stored and undergo maintenance on a regular basis

Never ever use a defective or damaged tool, make sure you inspect a tool for defects before using it

Always operate power tools according the manufacturer’s instructions and train workers on the safe way of using the tool

Always ensure to use the right tool for a particular job

Provide and use appropriate personal protective equipment

Injury prevention from hazards directly associated with Electric tools

Inspect tools and extension cords before using an electric power tool, the handle and body casing should be checked for cracks.                                                                                                 A defective tool ,if found should be separated from the non -defective ones and labelled ‘Out of Service’

Always use durable and weatherproof extension cords

Connect tools only to Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

Use cords with three prong plugs

Never use electric power tools in a wet or damp area and never use during rainfall

Ensure that electric cables do not pose as tripping hazards

Use hand gloves and safety boots when handling electric power tools

Operate electric tools within the limit of their design

This is where we will be stopping for today, so till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide ) signing off.