Archives for March 2017

The Hazards of Combustible Dust

Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air in certain conditions. A dust explosion can be catastrophic and cause destruction of entire buildings. Deflagration is the term used to describe when a dust cloud causes rapid combustion—after coming into contact with all five of the following elements: oxygen, heat, fuel, dispersion and ... [Continue Reading]

Crane Safety for Construction Sites

Moving large, heavy loads is a fundamental activity on most construction sites. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of the lifting devices, and for workers in proximity to them. Importantly, employers must ensure that equipment operators are competent through training and experience to operate the equipment. If an employee assigned to ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Measures for Demolition Projects

Demolition is often referred to as construction in reverse and presents specific safety hazards for construction workers. Razing or dismantling any structure can involve hidden hazards such as the unknown strength or weakness of materials or chemicals hidden within structures such as lead, asbestos and silica. Planning ahead is the first step to avoid accidents on a ... [Continue Reading]