Unguarded Skylight Leads to Roofing Supervisor's Tragic Death

Proper covers, guardrails and signage must be utilized on and near floor hole hazards, including skylights. Lessons like this shouldn't come only after a deadly fall incident.

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Scissor Lift Tip Over Accident SceneIncidents

Why Scissor Lifts Should Only Be Used by Trained Operators

Scissor lifts can be a very safe way to reach great heights, but when operators aren't trained, they are complacent or careless, or they are not following safe operating procedures, things can go very wrong and become very deadly for the scissor lift operator or even those in the proximity.

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Machine, Debarker, Close-upIncidents

Tragic Caught-in Incident with a Valuable Safety Lesson

This tragic caught-in incident demonstrates that when lockout/tagout procedures are not followed, the results can be deadly. Safety meetings do save lives.

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Scene of the Trench Wall CollapseIncidents

Without Cave-in Protection, an Excavation Project Turns Tragic

This contractor had a safety program but had not implemented the program or provided employees with safety training. The foreman held weekly toolbox talks with the crew which included trench safety, but new employees had not yet participated in any of these talks. Here's what went wrong.

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Scene of the Trench IncidentIncidents

Workers Injured When They Were Pinned in a Trench by a Backhoe

Two workers were injured when they were pinned in a 4-foot-deep trench by a backhoe at a construction site. Why is heavy equipment safety not just the responsibility of the operator?

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Two Workers in a TrenchIncidents

Workers Should Never be Allowed to Enter an Unprotected Trench

Having a spotter stand at the top of the excavation to "watch the dirt" is not adequate cave-in protection, as this tragic incident proved. Safety training should be adequate enough so all workers understand they should never enter an unprotected trench for their own safety.

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Wood ChipperIncidents

Tragic Crushed-by Wood Chipper Machine Maintenance Incident

Wood chippers are dangerous machines, but this tragic death didn't happen the way you think it did. Lessons Learned reminder to always inspect heavy equipment prior to use.

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Boom Lift BasketIncidents

Boom Lift Blunt Force Trauma Incident and the Lessons Learned

When do you need additional fall protection when working on man lifts? Seems like they should be safe enough already. Learn more about man lift fall protection from this tragic incident.

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Construction Materials FellIncidents

Deadly Incident Shows How Construction Work Can Be Dangerous

Caught-in hazards don't just exist where a line worker might get their glove caught in a gear or where crews on jobsites need to remember to stay out of the way of the swing areas of excavators or cranes.

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Forklift Topple at Construction SiteIncidents

All Forklifts Are Not the Same: Why Training is Important

Keeping up with forklift training can be a burden, and when you need someone to jump in the driver's seat now for a short run across the jobsite, what can it really hurt? Aren't all forklifts basically the same?

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Worker, Working at Heights, Bucket TruckIncidents

Fatal Bucket Truck Incident Reminds Crews to Use Fall Protection

It shouldn't take a fatality for employers to review and update their safety procedures. In addition to ensuring a written safety program is in place, and implemented, and proper safety and fall protection procedures are followed on every job, there should be regular safety meetings held.

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Close-up View of Large Water TruckIncidents

Lessons Learned: Construction Worker Dies in Struck-by Incident

When workers are assigned to tasks in the vicinity of moving vehicles, large trucks and heavy equipment on jobsites, the employer should require pre-work safety meetings for all employees on site, including the drivers and the crew.

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Scene at Excavator AccidentIncidents

Wearing a Seat Belt on Heavy Equipment Can Save Your Life

The one thing you've heard all your lives is the one thing that could have possibly prevented this unnecessary fatality. Read more about this fatal accident that could have had a different ending.

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Scene of Tragic Incident with Man LiftIncidents

Lessons Learned: Caught-in and Crushed-by Hazards Can Be Deadly

Crushed-against is a caught-in hazard that all team members need to be aware of because if you aren't trained on the specific type of lift you are using, things can take a deadly turn fast. Read more about this tragic incident.

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Safety Meetings are Especially Important for Construction Crews

The weekly safety meeting is a great time to remind heavy equipment operators to inspect their equipment daily and to test their back-up alarms regularly to ensure they are working properly. It shouldn't take a fatal accident like this one to get the team to take safety seriously.

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Broken SkylightIncidents

When Skylights are Deadly and Why Fall Protection is Required

"I think about it a million times. How could I have prevented it? How could we have done something different? Don't say, I've been doing this for 20 years, that won't happen to me, because it's not true. He was the greatest roofer I knew, and look what happened."

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Trench After Cave-inIncidents

Without Adequate Cave-in Protection, Excavations Can Be Deadly

A cubic yard of soil weighs nearly the same amount as a mid-size automobile (more than 2,500 pounds), producing a crushing injury to anyone caught in the wall collapse. This tragic incident highlights the risks of not providing adequate cave-in protection.

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Construction Worker and GraderIncidents

This Tragic Incident Highlights Why Safety Meetings are Important

Assumptions are made when it's a really large vehicle...won't everyone get out of the way?! A loud, dusty environment has the potential to become a bad day ...before you even know what happened. Learn more about the lessons learned from this tragic incident.

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Two Step Ladders, One Has FallenIncidents

When Working on a Step Ladder a Wrong Move Can Be Tragic

Think you'll land on your feet if you stumble off a ladder? Think the worst that can happen from an 8-foot fall is a twisted ankle? Think again. This is the scene of a fatality.

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Workplace Injury Form with PencilIncidents

Why It's Important to Report Workplace Injuries Quickly

Unsafe acts on the job can lead to workplace incidents resulting in injuries, illnesses, or fatalities. Time is critical when reporting an injury, here's why.

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First Aid Medical BagIncidents

First Aid Basics That are Vital in the Skilled Trades Industry

What are the most vital first aid procedures for the skilled trades industry? Learn more about the first aid basics that are a good foundation for your workforce.

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Boom Lift has Fallen Over in Middle of StreetIncidents

Lessons Learned About Fall Protection Safety on Boom Lifts

Boom lifts are very helpful when you need to access heights without the expense of a crane or don't want the headache of the setup required with scaffolding, but tip over hazards are a real concern.

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Industrial Washing MachineIncidents

Traumatic Incident Reminds Us of the Dangers of Caught-in Hazards

This traumatic incident resulted in a crushed-by death that absolutely should have never happened. Safety training, safety meetings, and safety procedures do save lives.

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