April Fools Day | Health & Safety Fails

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.


Top 10 Construction Marvels Completing in 2020

Top 10 Construction Marvels Completing in 2020

Crossing into a new year always feels like a new chapter, filled with endless opportunities – And this year, being the start of a new decade, feels like a whole new book just waiting to be filled with amazing accomplishments.

Inspired by the B1M video, Top 20 Projects Completing in 2020, in this blog we’ll be diving into some of the most mind-boggling construction marvels that are set to complete in 2020!

In this blog we will just cover 10, and go a bit deeper into the backstories of these incredible feats of construction – but we highly recommend checking out the video to see a quick snapshot of their entire list of 20!

1. Central Park Tower

Central Park Tower, tallest residential building in the world.

New York City, New York 

Once completed, this architectural landmark will be 1,550 feet tall making it the tallest residential building in the world. The building is positioned in one of the world’s most famous skylines, along Manhattan’s Billionaire Row, with a North-facing view of beautiful Central Park. Once completed the building is set to house 179 of the most exclusive homes in the world.

Designed by a top architectural firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the tower features elements of glass, satin-finished steel, and light-catching vertical and horizontal details that are designed to accentuate both texture and light. At the base of the tower, will be Nordstrom’s first full-line department store and the building will also feature one of the world’s most exclusive private clubs, Central Park Club.

The 179 ultra-luxury two-to-eight-bedroom residences begin on the 32nd floor of the building and range in size from 1,435 square feet to over 17,500 square feet. The sale of these residences begin this year and start at $6.9 million.

2. Dubai Expo 2020 Campus

Rendering of Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

United Arab Emirates

World Expos are one of the oldest and largest international events on the planet, taking place every five years and lasting six months

Fun Fact: Innovations launched at World Expos include the telephone, the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel, the X-Ray machine, the ice cream cone, the commercial broadcast TV, IMAX, touchscreens and the humanoid robot! 

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and is expected to attract 25 million visitors between it’s opening on Oct 20th, 2020 to closing on April 10, 2021.

World expo buildings are exceptionally grand, the 2020 campus is no exception. It is set to cover over 4 square kilometers and will include a major addition to the Dubai Metro. Near the beginning of what has been a 3- year construction project, there was reportingly an on-site batching plant for concrete, three 132kb substations, 12 tower cranes with 5,000 cubic meters of concrete being poured every week and an additional 500 tonnes of steel being brought in every seven days.

Designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects including Santiago Calatrava, Grimshaw and Foster Partners this construction project will be one to watch as it comes to its competition this year!

3. Premier Tower

Melbourne, Australia

Frame capture of dancers from Beyonce’s ‘Ghost’ music video – The inspiration for Premier Tower.

Premier Tower is one of Melbourne’s tallest and most prestigious developments, best known for how it was inspired…by Beyonce’s music video ‘Ghost’ (yes, you read that correctly) which features dancers tightly wrapped in fabric. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, this elegantly designed high-rise sits on an island across from the city’s main train terminal. once completed this year, the building will include at least 1 million square feet of space, comprising of 780 apartments, 180 hotel suites, 78 levels, 139 car parks and a variety of communal spaces including lounges, swimming pools, gyms, and dining areas.

Mimicking the curves seen in the dancers above using glass, concrete, and steel, as you’d imagine, is no walk in the park. The building has a very slender structure, with the ratio of height to a structural width of 8.3 from the ground up, with a much more challenging 10.8 above the podium. To maintain the building’s stability while moving in the wind, mega-columns on the façade maximize the width of the stabilizing structure and these are tied to the core by two-or three-story outriggers concealed in party walls, and secondary outriggers at the mid-height plant floor. These mega-columns are sized to be able to carry both gravity and the wind’s load – which were tested extensively in a wind tunnel to ensure they would be successful in doing this.

4. Australia 108

Melbourne, Australia

Rendering of the Australia 108, tallest residential building in the Southern Hemisphere

Australia 108 is a residential skyscraper in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, Australia. Late last year, in November of 2019, it was topped out and become the tallest building in Australia by roof height and second tallest building by full height – This makes it the highest residence in the southern hemisphere. Construction on the $900 million skyscraper commenced in October 2015 and is just getting those final touches going into 2020.

Once completed the building is set to house 1105 residential units over 100 stories. The building recently broke records for the most expensive apartment ever sold in Australia, when they sold the 750-square meter penthouse for $25 million.

Fun Fact: In the initial plans for the Australia 108 included 108 stories, but had to be reduced to 100 following concerns it would interfere with airplane flight paths – Now that’s a tall building! 

Nobody describes this breathtaking feat of construction quite like it’s architect…

“Australia 108 is a highly sculptural residential tower unlike any other in Australia. Its slender form is highlighted at the Cloud Residences levels by a golden starburst expression and then morphs into a curvaceous profile against the sky. The starburst which contains the resident facilities is inspired by the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag and is an obvious celebration of the sense of community within the building.” – Fender Katsalidis

5. F1 Street Circuit

Hanoi, Vietnam

Rendering of T1 Street Circuit

Also known as simply the Hanoi Street Circuit, this is a bit different than the rest of the construction projects on this list, as it’s a motor racing venue! Located in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, this street circuit is designed to host the Vietnamese Grand Prix a round of the Formula One World Championship in 2020.

The circuit has 22 turns, is 5.607 km long and features one of the longest straights at 1.5 km in length. What makes this circuit interesting is that when it was designed by circuit architect Hermann Tilke, it was made as a temporary street section that will be open for regular public commuting once the race is completed – So it’s not just a race track, but a public street upgrade!

6. National Stadium

Rendering of 2020 National Stadium

Tokyo, Japan

Set to have the final touches finished early this year, this impressive 60,000 seat stadium will be ready in time for the 2020 Olympic Games which begin in Tokyo on July 24, 2020! National Stadium, also referred to as 2020 Olympics Park, is as you may have already guessed, where the Olympic’s opening and closing ceremonies will take place. It will also be the venue for some of the Olympic competitive events such as track and field and soccer. National Stadium will also be the location of this year’s Paralympic Games. Located in one of the busiest and most densely populated parts of Tokyo, Shinjuku City, this stadium will surely continue to be marveled far beyond the Olympic games.

This stadium was built to replace the previous National Stadium, which was also build to host the Olympic games, back in 1964. Updates were made from the last stadium to include seating arrangements that can better accommodate wheelchair access and 185 fans and 8 mist-cooling devices that will cool athletes and spectators in what is expected to be an extremely hot summer. Construction for this project has been in progress since December 2016 and once finished will have cost about $2 billion Canadian dollars to build.

7. Sofi Stadium

Rendering of Sofi Stadium

Los Angeles, California 

Another stadium to make the list, this time, the soon-to-be home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The Sofi Stadium is located on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack and will act as the centerpiece of a 298-acre mixed-use development featuring retail, commercial office space, a hotel, residential units, and outdoor park spaces.

This 70,000 seat venue is set to be a world-class football venue and is already confirmed to host the Super Bowl LVI in 2022 and the College Football Championship Game in 2023. It will also play a major role in the Olympic Games in 2028 by hosting the opening and closing ceremonies.

Even outside the sporting world, this stadium will also serve as an unparalleled entertainment destination and is set to host a string of high profile concerts beginning in the summer of 2020 (with Taylor Swift being the very first person to perform in the venue!).

8. Resorts World

Las Vegas, Nevada

Rendering of Resort World

Resorts World Las Vegas in a hotel and casino that is currently under construction on the famous Las Vegas Strip. It is set to complete it’s construction this year and open in 2021. The location of this hotel has had quite the journey – It started as the site of the Stardust Resort and Casino which was closed and demolished in 2007, then become the site for a new resort in 2008, the Echelon Place, which had construction halted that same year due to economic conditions. In 2013 the property was sold to the Genting Group who then announced their plans for Resorts World Las Vegas.

The groundbreaking was initially scheduled to begin construction in 2014 for a 2016 open date, but it has been delayed multiple times due to redesigns of the project. Groundbreaking actually happened in May of 2015 and construction began in late 2017. Once finished, it’s estimated cost to build will equal a whopping $4.3 billion making it the most expensive resort property to ever be developed in Las Vegas.

9. PWC Tower

Milan, Italy

Rendering of PwC Tower by Struttura Leggera

Milan is known for its fashion, elegance and cutting edge architecture – And the PWC Tower fits perfectly into those expectations, if not blowing them totally out of the water. Standing at 175-metres this skyscraper designed by Studio Libeskind is slated for completion in 2020!

Dubbed, “Il Curvo” (translation: The Curved One…doesn’t sound quite as fancy)  is known for the way its prismatic outline catches the eye as it leans forward into the Tre Torri Square with arching steel and glass. It accompanies two neighboring skyscrapers within Tre Torri Square, the already completed Allianz Tower, and Generali Tower.

While the buildings don’t directly match in the way one might expect, Studio Libeskind principal Yama Karim explains in an interview for AchiExpo e-Magazine, “these towers were always conceived as a group, I see them as chess pieces, in dialogue with one another. Our tower completes the composition”.

10. Allegiant Stadium

Las Vegas, Nevada 

Rendering of Allegiant Stadium as captured in Ep. 8 of ‘From the Ground Up’

The 1.84 billion USD Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will become the most expensive stadium ever built when it’s complete for the 2020 NFL season. With space for 65,000 spectators, Allegiant Stadium will be the future home of the Raiders who are relocating from Oakland, as well as UNLV football. It’s also set to host the Vegas Bowl beginning in 2020 which will feature a Pac-12 opponent versus either a Big Ten or SEC opponent, as well as the 2020 and 2021 Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

The Allegiant Stadium is a great project to follow if you’re interested in top-of-the-line huge construction projects as they have done an extraordinary job capturing every moment. You can visit the website to check out a 24/7 live stream of the building, capturing any new construction being done, as well as a time-lapse which (currently) has captured 23 months of progress.

They have also created a Youtube video series on the Raider’s Youtube channel called “From the Ground Up“, which (currently) has 9 episodes which takes the viewer on an unprecedented look into the techniques and technologies, the steel and the stress, and the lives of the men and women responsible for building an ultra-modern stadium in Southern Nevada.

No matter how BIG or small the project – Hercules SLR is here to support you every step of the way.

Hercules SLR is your source for cranes, hoists, wire rope, fall arrest equipment and much, much more. We also provide equipment rentals and perform inspections, repairs, and certifications, at your business or in one of our fully-equipped shops. Need assistance staying safety compliant? Our experienced consultants help with risk assessment, PPE specification, hazard analysis, fall protection, and incident investigation. Other services include the design and installation of horizontal lifelines, vertical lifelines and anchor points.

Hercules SLR is your one-stop-shop for securing, rigging and lifting!