Posts made in February, 2015

Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Portable Ladders

A portable ladder is any ladder that can readily be moved or carried and which consists of side rails joined at intervals by step, rungs, cleats, or rear braces. Each year in the U.S., accidents involving ladders cause an estimated 300 deaths and 130,000 injuries requiring emergency medical attention. Ladder accidents usually are caused by improper selection, care...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Abrasive Wheel Grinders

Abrasive wheel grinders are functional tools. Used to remove metal from flat and cylindrical surfaces, abrasive wheel grinders are available in two types – bench or pedestal grinders that are fixed and portable tools that are used for repair and maintenance jobs. There is also more than one type of grinder design. On some, the abrasive wheels are mounted so...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Electrical

Engineers, electricians, and other professionals work with electricity directly, including working on overhead lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies. Others, such as office workers and salespeople, work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards. Many of theses workers are killed or injured each year due to electrical hazards;...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Materials Handling

Manual materials handling (i.e., lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling, etc.) is the most common cause of back injuries. About one-third of all occupational injuries are back-related and account for 40 percent of all workers’ compensation payments and lost workdays. How the materials or goods are unloaded or loaded is a key factor in reducing employee...

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