A powered industrial truck is unattended when the operator is 25 ft. or more away from the vehicle, which remains in his view or whenever the operator leaves the vehicle and it, is not in his view.

When the operator of an industrial truck is dismounted and within 25 ft. of the truck still in his view, the load engaging means shall be fully lowered, controls neutralized, and the brakes set to prevent movement.

A safe distance shall be maintained from the edge of ramps or platforms while on any elevated dock, or platform or freight car. Trucks shall not be used for opening or closing freight doors.

 

Brakes shall be set and wheel blocks shall be in place to prevent movement of trucks, trailers, or railroad cars while loading or unloading. Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semi trailer during loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor. The flooring of trucks, trailers, and railroad cars shall be checked for breaks and weakness before they are driven onto.

There shall be sufficient headroom under overhead installations, lights, pipes, sprinkler system, etc.

An overhead guard shall be used as protection against falling objects. It should be noted that an overhead guard is intended to offer protection from the impact of small packages, boxes, bagged material, etc., representative of the job application, but not to withstand the impact of a falling capacity load.

A load backrest extension shall be used whenever necessary to minimize the possibility of the load or part of it from falling rearward.

Only approved industrial trucks shall be used in hazardous locations.

Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service, and shall not be placed in service if the examination shows any condition adversely affecting the safety of the vehicle. Such examination shall be made at least daily. Where industrial trucks are used on a round-the-clock basis, they shall be examined after each shift. Defects when found shall be immediately reported and corrected.

P.        High Wind Precautions:

1)        General requirements.
Monitoring weather conditions is a critical safety factor in the construction industry.  It is especially critical for outside work where workers and materials are exposed to the destructive forces (weather conditions) of nature.  It is customary protocol in the construction industry for the owner, general and subcontractor companies to monitor the weather conditions for their jobsites and to take appropriate actions and/or measures to protect their employees, materials and the public at-large.

2)        Specific requirements.

Prior to construction, gather historical weather data for the construction site; Monitor weather conditions daily (via local national weather service and/or local internet service).

Upon notification of adverse weather conditions, such as high winds, storms, lightning, etc., likely to create unsafe working conditions, the safety manager shall:

Immediately notify subcontractors under his control and other jobsite workers to secure all loose building materials and be prepared to shut down the jobsite.

Ensure through inspection, that contractor(s)/subcontractor(s) band or tie all loose materials on the jobsite.  Secure banded/tied materials to floors or columns.

 

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6.0      Accident Investigation.

6.1       Program Introduction.

Accident investigation is an integral part of the total occupational safety and health program.  It is especially important as a means to determine root causes, document facts, provide information on costs, and promote safety. All serious occupational injuries and illnesses shall be thoroughly investigated by the Safety Representative with the underlying goal of preventing recurrence.

Record keeping.

In order to establish meaningful goals and objectives for mishap reduction, we must first know where we, as a company, have been in terms of previous mishap experience.  For that reason and to comply with federal recordkeeping requirements, the following documentation shall be maintained:

A.       The Safety Representative shall maintain for a period of 5 years:

Safety accident investigation reports for all lost workday occupational injuries, illnesses or equipment damage;

Safety accident investigation reports for company property damage, as a result of accidents;

Records of formal claims against the company for injury, illness, personal loss, and/or damage to personal property; and

B.        The Benefits Administrator shall:

           If applicable, maintain records for a period of five (5) years on all occupational injuries and illnesses and record that data on the appropriate forms.  Note: In the absence of a Benefits Administrator, the Safety Representative shall perform those duties.

1)        OSHA Form No. 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, shall be used to record injuries or illnesses that result in fatalities, lost workdays, require medical treatment, involve loss of consciousness, or restrict work or motion.  The annual report of this form must be posted by February 1st in a centralized area visible to all employees, and remain there for at least 3 months

2)        OSHA Form No. 301, Injury and Illness Incident Report, shall, when used, be used to give details of each recordable occupational injury and illness.  Records must be available for examination by representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services.  Note: This record and/or the SF-301must be kept for five years.

3)        OSHA Form No. 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, provides additional data to make it easier for employers to calculate incidence rates.  Employers must review the OSHA 300 Log information before it is summarized on the 300A form.

6.3       Reporting Occupational Injury, Illness and Property Damage.

A.        Employees shall report all occupational injuries, illnesses and property damage, initially through their supervisor to the MaD Technical Services Safety Representative. 

           This is the preferred method, which will ensure employees receive medical treatment, if required, because of a serious and/or life threatening occupational injury and/or illness, and damage to property can be documented and repaired. 

B.        Supervisors will immediately notify the MaD Technical Services Safety Representative of any serious and/or life threatening occupational injury and/or illness, and property damage.  All other minor occupational injuries and/or illnesses, and property damage will also be reported to the Safety Representative the following day.

C.         The Safety Representative will ensure the company person responsible for Benefits Administration and/or Workers’ Compensation claims receives copies of the final report for all-occupational injuries and/or illnesses.

6.4       Investigating Occupational Injury, Illness, and Property Damage.

A.        The Supervisor, if initially notified, shall report to the scene of an occupational injury, illness, and property damage and immediately secure and protect the accident scene.  Drawings and photographs, if needed, shall be used to record and document where and how the accident occurred and the extent of injuries and damage to property sustained.  A preliminary and/or final incident report shall be accomplished and a copy provided to the company Safety Representative. The initial accident report shall become a permanent part of the formal accident investigation.

B.        The Safety Representative shall report to and investigate all serious occupational injuries, illnesses and property damage.  A formal Incident Investigation Report shall be prepared to determine the cause, document facts and recommend corrective actions to prevent recurrence.

6.5       Responsibility for Corrective Action.

A.        Actions necessary to correct or remedy accident causal factors shall rest with the MaD Technical Services Safety Representative.

B.        The MaD Technical Services Safety Representative shall have the broad authority to recommend corrective actions to abate an identified hazard or deficiency to prevent injury or illness to employees, and to prevent property damage or personal loss.

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7.0      Safety Meetings.

7.1       Weekly Safety Meetings: All MaD Technical Services employees involved in construction shall attend a weekly “tool box” safety meeting. 

A record of each meeting will be kept documenting the topic, materials covered and employee attendance. Employees in attendance shall be required to sign the Tool Box Safety Meeting – Weekly Minutes Form (See Appendix B), acknowledging receipt of the safety training.

D.        All construction subcontractors, required by OSHA regulations to conduct weekly safety training, shall conduct weekly "tool box meetings” with their respective employees. A record of these meetings will be kept and a copy submitted to the MaD Technical Services Safety Representative. This record will include the topic discussed and the signatures of those employees attending.

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8.0      Discipline.

No safety program can be effective without some form of discipline.  There are no rules that must be followed, only guidelines.  The following guidelines have been established by MaD Technical Services.

The first preventable accident or safety rule violation observed should result in a discussion with the employee and the supervisor or manager.  This verbal reprimand should be documented, dated, and signed by those involved.

A second preventable accident or Major safety rule violation observed within a 12-month period should result in another discussion with the employee accompanied by a written reprimand.  Time off without pay, up to a maximum of 5 days, should be considered.

A third preventable accident or Major safety rule violation observed within a 12-month period should result in another discussion with the employee and a serious evaluation needs to be made.  This is probably grounds for termination.

8.1      Enforcement (Compliance)

A.        One point must be very clear:  discipline has to be administered uniformly and consistently.

B.        Violations of major safety rules and policies should be addressed in the following manner:

First Incident: Verbal warning, documented discussion.

Second Incident: Written reprimand, up to 5 days suspension.

Third Incident: Written reprimand, grounds for termination.

C.        Each supervisor or manager shall be responsible for administering this policy to his/her subordinates.

D.       All written reprimands and records of violations shall be held confidential and maintained in the employees’ personnel files.

8.2       Accountability:

Each supervisor’s efforts and performance will be evaluated relative to reaching MaD Technical Services safety objectives and assigned responsibilities. This evaluation will be part of the supervisor’s performance review and will be used in part to determine his or her job assignments, merit increases or promotions.

Chapter 9


9.0      Medical / First Aid.