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  1. Safety Series Part II: Why Roof Guard Rails are Safety Essentials

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    In Part 1 of our Safety Series, we examined the importance of safety guards for rotating equipment. Now that we know how they protect us let’s take a step back and see why these rails are safety essentials in the construction industry.

    While it is impossible to eliminate all risks as industrial contractors, including process piping to structural steel fabrication and mechanical equipment installation, we strive to raise industry awareness about staying ahead of workplace risks.

    With this in mind, we bring you the second installment of our three-part safety series:  Why Roof Guard Rails are Safety Essentials.

    Meeting OSHA and Internal Program Standards

    At any construction company, the business should be Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant. OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor program, and here at Base, we take those regulations extremely seriously within our daily operations.

    Not only is it important to follow OSHA standards, but CAL-OSHA, a client specific safety initiative, as well.  Internally, we have chosen to provide a cohesive Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) of our own. This program keeps our staff accountable in our best effort to complete every job safely. Our company operates on the principle that safety is paramount. Direct results from our IIPP include both quality and successful project completion. We recommend any/all companies within the industrial industry follow in our footsteps to create a strong and effective internal safety program.

    Safety Measures for Preventing Falls

    OSHA’s Fall Protection in Construction manual outlines 29 CFR 1926.502(b), pertaining to federal fall protection criteria and practices. Guardrail systems go around roof openings and at the roof perimeter.

    As an industrial contractor, we recommend using guard rail systems on construction sites to prevent workers from falling to lower dangerous risk levels in hopes that more industry members will follow suit. The temporary roof guards can attach to rafters or other structural beams. There are also weighted portable guardrails, as seen here.

    Guard Rail System Standards

    If you decide to set up a guardrail system to protect workers in construction zones from fall hazards, you must adhere to OSHA’s federal guard rail system rules for accurate setup and proper implementation. For example, guard top rails and midrails must be at least 1/4 of an inch nominal diameter or thickness to prevent scratches and cuts. Other OSHA criteria pertain to the amount of force the guardrail system can withstand, the height and placement of midrails, and how to enact screens, mesh, and other structural members.

    Looking Out for Our Workers

    As an industry leader and employer, it is imperative that you look out for employee safety, including methods like fall protection measures, guardrail systems, and adhering each to OSHA and internal company requirements and standards.

    Be sure to follow our Base Construction blog, so you know when the third and final part of our safety series goes live. We will be taking a brief pause in October for National Manufacturing Day on October 6th.

    Beyond our monthly blog, easily stay up to date by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter too. For your next industrial project, contact us to manage and handle all of your industrial needs. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

  2. Safety Series Part I: Safety Guard Standards

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    At Base Construction, we treat safety seriously, taking action to protect the well-being of all of those involved in industrial field projects. In hopes that our actions will motivate other industry members to follow suit, we are presenting a 3-part series on safety practices that our Southern California company implements.

    Today we’re delving into the importance of safety guards for rotating equipment.

    What are Safety Guards?

    Guards are on-site safety protectors that shield those working with rotating equipment from potential hazards. The benefit is that they do so without compromising quality or efficiency of a working system. We use top-quality, well-designed guards meant for strength and durability for the best protection possible of our workers. Although choosing quality equipment does increase certain expenses, the end result is worth the cost. In our industry, we can’t put a price on coworker safety.

    Types of Guards for Safety Standards

    Guards are of two kinds, fixed or moveable. Tests are done to determine which part is suitable for an individual machine. A fixed guard isolates the worker from possible danger through a barrier. This keeps the user out of any potential hazard zones. If users need to moderately or occasionally access the hazard zone, moveable guards are the better choice. If zone access is more frequent, specialized safety devices are advisable.

    Care and caution must be taken to position any/all types of guards far enough away from danger to eliminate any chance of someone entering the hazard zone. Another step is to ensure guards are secured by proper fasteners and only removable with specialized tools to prevent detachment without authorization.

    Creating Safe Work Conditions

    At Base Construction we train all employees to comply with the highest safety standards and adhere to our internal Injury and Illness Prevention Program. We also follow the standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cal/OSHA. The result is superior safety records at our facility.

    Regulations You can Find at Base

    1. OSHA’s General Regulatory Guard Requirements * Found under 1910 Subpart O – Machinery and Machine Guarding
    2. ANSI’s B11 Machine Guarding Standards

    On-Site Industrial Safety

    Base Construction operates under the safety philosophy that a job is only done well when carried out safely, without accidents or narrowly avoided issues. We choose top-of-the-line guards for rotating equipment applications to protect workers on industrial projects that range from process piping to structural steel fabrication.

    For unmatched industrial contractor services for any industry, contact us today. Also, be sure to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest industry developments. For more information on safety take a look at our June blog and keep an eye out for part II of our safety series.