April Fools Day | Health & Safety Fails
For this April fools day, let’s take a look at 10 health and safety fails that we WISH were a joke. Today we’ll give you a pass to have a quick laugh, but remember, health and safety is no joke! Many of these fails could have lead to serious injury or worse.
If any of these fails seem just a little bit too familiar, now’s the time to change! No shortcut is EVER worth the risk. Reach out to the Hercules Training Academy, and we can make sure you know how to do things efficiently AND safely.
1. Someone Needs A Roofers Kit…
While we can appreciate the efficiency of the human assembly line, these people NEED some fall protection. If you’re working at a height exceeding 3 meters (10 feet) occupational health and safety laws generally require fall protection measures to be in place. For these situations, grab a roofers kit at Hercules SLR complete with an all-purpose fall protection system in one handy container.
2. There’s Got to be A Better Way…
It looks like these guys are in DESPERATE need of some forklift safety training! The Hercules Training Academy has you covered on that one, covering content such as: hazard assessments, regulations, pre-use inspections, equipment stability, operating principles, refueling, and battery care. Contact us to take the course now, before you find yourself in a situation like this!
3. Table + Saw = TableSaw?
Creative but…not safe! Powertools are nothing to mess around with, they must be used properly and for their intended use. Our sister company, Stellar Industrial, can get you set up with the right materials for this type of job! AND from now until April 30th, 2020, when you buy a new SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw, you’ll receive your choice of a FREE upgrade (PCS Integrated Mobile base OR Overarm Dust Collection assembly).
4. Going down…
Any claustrophobes in the crowd? Rest assured, this is NOT what proper confined space entry looks like! The Hercules Training Academy can teach you the correct and safe way to enter a confined space. Our Confined Space Entry & Attendant course includes: regulations, written procedures, hazard assessments, physical hazards and control measures, atmospheric hazards and control measures, confined space permit system, atmospheric gas detection principles, duties and responsibilities of supervisors, entrants and attendants and confined space emergency/rescue plans.
5. Not the Top Rung!!
What SHOULD you do When Climbing Up or Down a Ladder?
Before using a ladder you should always ensure that it is secured correctly—A second person should hold the bottom of long ladders to keep them steady. And don’t forget about your footwear! Make sure your footwear is in good condition and is cleared of mud, water, snow, ice or grease. Footwear with a heel is recommended, as it can help stop the foot from slipping forward on the rugs.
Other things to remember are:
- Face the stepladder
- Keep your body centered between side rails
- Maintain three-point contact by keeping two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on a ladder always
- Keep a firm grip
- Place feet firmly on each rung
- Rise or lower tools and materials using a hoist, hand-line, bucket or other device.
- If using an extension ladder, be careful when stepping or gripping near the locks as the locks could obscure part of the rung
- Use the appropriate safety devices when needed (e.g., safety belt, fall restraint, etc.).
- Check with your jurisdiction for requirements when working at heights near or above 3 metres (10 feet).
- Only allow one person on a ladder at a time (except when using a specially engineered two-person ladder).
What SHOULDN’T you do When Climbing Up or Down a Ladder?
- Hurry when moving up or down the ladder
- Slide down the ladder
- Jump from a ladder
- Carry tools or materials in your hand while climbing the ladder
- Use an aluminum ladder when working near electricity
- Reach from the centre of a ladder (always climb down and move the ladder if you cannot reach)
- “Shift” or “walk” a stepladder when standing on it
- Use tools that require a lot of leverage (e.g. pry bars) as this motion could knock you off balance
- Stand, climb, or sit on the ladder or pail shelf
- Allow another person to work below your ladder
- Stand on or above the top two rungs or steps of a ladder
6. A Tidy Workplace is a…
Workplace housekeeping isn’t just about dusting some selves, it’s an important part of your health and safety measures! Poor housekeeping can be the cause of workplace incidents such as:
- Trips and slips because of loose objects or wet spots on floors, stairs, and platforms
- Being hit by falling objects
- Hitting against projecting, poorly stacked items
- Cutting or puncturing of the skin on projecting nails, wire or steel strapping
Plus, depending on the height of that structure…we might be seeing another case of “in serious need of a roofers kit”!
7. The Emergency Exit Blocked by way too Many Layers…
It’s really easy for emergency exits to blend into the background and go unnoticed as often times they are not used on a daily basis. Because of this, it’s not rare to see boxes, work stations, garbage containers, and other items getting pushed into their path little by little as they blend into the normal workplace background. The importance of a clear pathway to emergency exits can get overlooked until there’s an emergency, and exits are inaccessible!
8. Shackled in!
This is just…wow. All we have to say about this one is if you’re worksite has things like this going on, PLEASE get in contact. Our rigging experts will set you up with the right materials for the job.
9. Two Feet Firmly on the…
Who held their breath for the first few seconds of this one? We sure did! I don’t think anyone needs to be walked through exactly what’s gone wrong here…we can all feel it in our stomachs. Let’s just say this guy sure could use a Chain Saw Safety course – Another one of the many offerings from the Hercules Training Academy covering, regulations, personal protective equipment, hazard assessment, bucking, notching, limbing and maintenance.
10. Caution: Two Person Lift
For the record, this is NOT a correct two-person lift.
For a safe, correct, two-person lift:
- Work with a person about your height.
- Decide in advance which person will direct the move.
- Keeping knees bent and back straight, lift and raise the load together.
- Move smoothly together as you carry, keeping the load at the same level.
- Unload at the same time, keeping knees bent.
- If moving something up or downstairs, the taller person should be at the lower level.
We hope this list of 10 Health & Safety Fails gave you a little chuckle, but also made you re-think the way you work.
Every worker has the right to return home safe each and every day. The most recent report conducted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), showed that 251,508 Canadian’s accepted claims for lost time due to work-related injury or disease in just one year. Following simple health and safety precautions could have eliminated many of these injuries.
The best way to do something safely is to do it correctly, and that comes with proper training and education! Hercules SLR recognizes that and through the Hercules Training Academy, offers an extensive suite of high-quality safety training and certification courses.
Brand new classrooms and specialized training equipment enable us to provide an even higher quality of service than ever before when it comes to safety training. Whether you’re looking for initial or refresher training, we provide practical, hands-on courses designed to exceed the minimum safety requirements.
Our courses can be customized to fit your workplace’s specific needs. We are always willing to design a course (or multiple courses) specifically for you!
If you’re interested in building a customized training program, please get in touch. One of our training representatives would be happy to help you get started.