Fire Safety Tips for Your Job Site
As you and your operation continue the important work that you’re doing at the fast pace that you’re keeping, you have a responsibility to your people related to fire safety.
Take a look through these fire safety insights and consider how good you and your team are doing with fire safety at your workplace:
Fire Equipment Maintenance
Designate an individual or a team of people to manage and maintain all fire safety equipment. From inspecting sprinkler systems to updating extinguishers and other equipment like smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, unnecessary catastrophes happen because of a lack of proper equipment and protocols in place. Having an individual or a group of individuals who take responsibility for these things protects you and your people.
Fire Safety Training
Closely related to that essential piece for fire safety is the need to regularly train your people on all levels of your company in the proper response to fire incidents at your job site. Make sure that people know where extinguishers are located, what exits are accessible, and what safety measures they can take in the event of an emergency. This level of training not only protects your people, it also protects your company in the event of an unfortunate situation.
Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
Make sure that your people understand the hazards of certain chemicals and the risks of leaving certain materials, products or toxins untreated or improperly disposed of. For instance, oily rags piled up can be a significant fire hazard, as the build up of heat can cause combustion without any external factors. The more that you can be aware of the chemicals and toxins and materials your workplace is exposed to, the more your people can prevent fires on your job sites.
Equipment and Electrical Risks
Be sure that your crews are equipped to inspect and address any electrical hazard with any of your equipment. Electrical fires can happen easily when equipment is damaged or in need of repairs. If a piece of equipment has damage to any of its electrical components, employees should immediately stop using the equipment until it can be repaired or replaced.
The Biggest Risk: Human Error
One of the most common causes of workplace fires is neglect. Whether a cigarette is carelessly tossed or a break time bonfire is allowed to continue burning, human error accounts for the vast majority of workplace incidents. Make sure that cigarettes are properly extinguished and disposed of and be sure that designated smoking areas are established in order to keep risks to a minimum. Make sure that charcoal from lunchtime grilling or bonfires from break time warmups are fully and completely extinguished. Even fires that appear to be out can store heat for up to 24 hours. Take proactive measures to reduce and even eliminate the human error factor in workplace fires.
Keeping You Safe
At Olsen Chain & Cable, we are committed to workplace safety. In fact, everything we do is for the sake of safety. From load testing the capacity of our slings to working with companies on the proper maintenance and inspection schedules for their hoists, every step of the Olsen Chain & Cable process and every division of our company is established to keep you and your people safe. The issues of job site fires is no different.
Let us know how we can support you and your operation in your pursuit of a safe working environment. Whether you’re looking for the right equipment, a capable service department, or the necessary training with your lifting equipment, Olsen Chain & Cable is here to keep you and your operation safe.
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