Safety and Savings Tips For June 2013, from All Safety Products, Inc.WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
WORKPLACE VIOLENCE IS BECOMING TOO COMMONPLACE!
These days, violence in the workplace is becoming all too common. At All Safety Products, we're concerned with this trend. One in six of all violent crimes occurs in the workplace.
Homicide is now second only to motor vehicles as a cause of work-related deaths. Certain acts or attitudes, especially in combination, may signal problems.
There may be a potential for violence in a person who:
- Threatens violence against others.
- Vows to get even with bosses or co-workers.
- Makes a habit of threatening or intimidating others.
- Says people are out to get him or her.
- Talks a lot about weapons-and may own them.
- Holds grudges.
- Blames others for problems or setbacks.
- Gets angry very easily and often.
- Is very defensive when criticized.
If you're dealing with a threatening or angry person:
- Stay calm and be polite.
- Look the person in the eye.
- Don't argue, yell, or threaten.
- Get help if the person doesn't calm down.
- If you're attacked, try to run away and yell to let others know you're being attacked.
- Argue or raise your voice.
- Respond to a threat with a threat.
- Do anything to make the person angry or increase the danger.
At All Safety Products, we are concerned with workplace safety for employees and hope this article benefits someone in need.
Climb Your Way to Safety! - Using ladders safely prevents serious injuries
Falling off a ladder-even a small one-can injure you badly or even kill you. That's why using ladders carefully is so important.
Choose Your Ladder Wisely
The type of ladder you choose-stepladder, straight ladder, or extension ladder-will depend on the job you need to do and how high you need to be to do it.
Always make sure that the ladder you choose is the right height for the job. And before you use it, give it a quick safety check:
- Are the rungs or steps firm and unbroken?
- Are they clean and free of dirt and grease?
- Does it have nonslip safety feet in good condition?
- If it's a stepladder, does it have a spreader to lock the ladder open?
- Does it have braces to keep the rails from swaying?
- If it's an extension ladder, is the rope in good condition?
- Are the rope and pulleys working smoothly?
Set It Up Right
Here are some important points to keep in mind when setting up straight ladders and extension ladders. (The first two points apply to stepladders, too.)
- Place the ladder on a level surface. All Safety Products now sells innovative ladder leveling products to improve ladder safety. See our ladders and scaffolding equipment.
- Use wide boards under the feet if you are on soft ground.
- Place the feet parallel with the top support.
- Leave at least 3 feet of extension above the top point of support.
- Anchor the ladder at the top, and have someone hold the bottom for you.
- Make sure the base of the ladder is placed 1 foot out from the wall for every 4 feet of the ladder's height. (An easy way to do this is to count the number of rungs from the ground to the support point at the top and divide by 4. Example: 8 rungs= 2 feet. Keep the ladder 2 feet from the wall.)
- Remember, a fall from a ladder can leave you laid up for days or weeks with broken bones, back injuries, or worse. Make sure you're safe every time you climb.
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