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Ancient construction aid vital but still hazardousHumans have a lot of experience with scaffolding. It was used more than 17,000 years ago so that artists could paint on the ceilings of caves. It has been used throughout history for repairs and construction of buildings large and small.
But from pre-history to the present, working on scaffolding has been hazardous. Although today's steel scaffolding makes it reliable, it shouldn't be taken for granted. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that two out of every three construction workers spend at least part of their workday on scaffolding. Despite advances in design, scaffolding has ranked number 3 in OSHA'S list of most cited violations since 2014.
About 50 workers per year die in scaffolding accidents while 4,500 workers are injured. In one notorious case in 1978, improperly constructed scaffolding collapsed, killing 51 workers. The tragedy prompted renewed focus on scaffolding safety. Although there are many types of scaffolding, frame construction is the most common on construction sites and the most likely to be taken for granted.
With all construction scaffolding, a qualified person, or in some cases an engineer, is required to design, supervise erection and dismantling, and train workers in safety. Workers must be aware of how to safely enter and exit scaffolding by using provided handrails and ladders. Never should they climb on scaffolding braces.
Weather plays a big part in whether workers should even enter scaffolding. Wet and icy conditions
increase the likelihood of falls. Icicles on the form can fall, causing injury. High winds not only increase the likelihood of falls, but also threaten the scaffolding form.
Because scaffolding is usually made of steel, it poses an electrocution hazard. Scaffolding should be designed to be well-removed from power lines. After windy or stormy conditions, the scaffolding should be inspected for downed wires. If at all possible, workers should tether tools to avoid drop hazards.
At all times, workers should remain alert to those working above them. A tag system can help alert workers to the safety of the structure.
Red: Not safe for occupancy.
Green: Inspected and safe.
Yellow: Safe under certain conditions.
Some yellow tags could warn of trip hazards at sections of the scaffold.
Changes in the skin should be taken seriously!With the re-emergence of longer days and outdoor fun, it's worth noting that skin care involves more than simple sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers, but if diagnosed and treated early, it is also the easiest to cure.
According to the Foundation, people should inspect their skin for a change of any kind:
- A skin growth that increases in size or is pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black or multicolored.
- A mole or spot that changes color, increases in size or thickness, changes texture, is irregular in outline, and is bigger than a quarter inch.
- Spots or sores that continue to itch, hurt, crust, erode, or bleed, or an open sore that doesn't heal within three weeks. A monthly head-to-toe self examination is an excellent preventative measure and
can take less than 10 minutes.
Here are eight easy steps from the Foundation:
(1) Examine your face, especially your nose, lips, mouth and ears -- front and back.
(2) Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section.
(3) Check your hands: palms and backs, between the fingers and under the fingernails, continuing up the wrist to examine both the front and back of your forearms.
(4) Standing in front of a full-length mirror, start at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms, including underarms.
(5) Focus on the neck, chest, and torso.
(6) With back to a full-length mirror, use a hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back and back of the upper arms.
(7) Still using both mirrors, scan lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
(8) Sit down and prop a leg on a stool or chair; use hand mirror to check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes and under toenails, soles of feet and heels, and yes, more personal areas.
Delicious Recipe: Cookie cheesecake dessert tops off grilled dinnerSpring is an amazing time to grill outside in the fresh air enjoying time with friends and family. After the ribs or steaks, here's a light dessert to finish the meal and delight the kids.
This skinny cheesecake recipe can be served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon. But, you can also use it as a fruit dip for spring berries. This recipe uses nonfat Greek yogurt as a base, providing a boost of protein that doesn't include a lot of extra fat and sugar. As a bonus, the kids can help in the
kitchen by crushing up the cookies. Just throw the cookies in a sandwich bag before letting the children take a whack at them!
1 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
2 tablespoons instant cheesecake pudding mix (regular or sugar-free)
1 cup fat-free or sugar-free Cool Whip
4 thin chocolate sandwich cookies (or 2 regular-sized cookies)
1. Stir the yogurt and pudding mix (just the dry mix, not prepared pudding) until
they are smooth. Fold in the Cool Whip, then stir in the crushed cookies.
2. Chill until ready to serve or eat, garnishing with crushed cookies if desired.
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