Tool Safety

A Message About Teamwork, Safety Hazards, Safety Rules

Team Up!

Football is all about long-bomb passes, amazing kick returns, and bone-crunching hits.  But what really makes football the great game it is?

Simple. Teamwork.

When a football team takes position on the line of scrimmage, every player has his job.  Each player also knows-the more they work together, the more they win.

Take just one play, the flea flicker. It’s a surprise play that’s tough to pull off because it demands precise teamwork.  Here’s how it’s set up.  There are two guards on either side of the center.  There are two tackles on either side of the guards.  On the right is the tight end.  Further out, there are left and right wide receivers.

At the snap, the guards, tackles and center plow into the opposing team’s defense.  The wide receivers sprint downfield. The quarterback drops back as he throws a lateral to the halfback behind him.  This tricks the other team into thinking it’s a running play.

But then the halfback laterals back to the quarterback, who has just bought himself lots of time.  He looks downfield. He can hit either wide receiver. He can hit the halfback, who’s now running downfield.  He can even hit the fullback who’s rolling out to his left. Picking his target, the quarterback launches his pass.

It’s a brilliantly coordinated effort among many toward one goal-winning.  That makes it a lot like safety on the job.

You have a team of coworkers and you depend on them just as they depend on you.  So here’s what you do.

Huddle Up. Meet with your coworkers beforehand and discuss how you’re going to approach the job with maximum safety.  Communication is key.

Choose your play.  Review the potential hazards and safety rules and regulations.  Then decide on the safest way to go.

Execute. Follow your plan without shortcuts or risk-taking.  Do your part, do your best and watch out for your team members.

That’s what it takes to win.  Team players know it. That’s why New York Giants QB Phil Simms ran a flea flicker against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.  He trusted his team and they scored a touchdown on the very next play.

On the field or on the job, teamwork makes the difference.  Don’t be a lone wolf, don’t be a risk taker and don’t be a superstar. Why risk it? Your safety is too important to you, your family and your company.  Instead, always remember…


Work Together, Win Together!

*Copyright 2010 Harkins Safety  B271


A Message About Electrical Safety, Lock Out Tag Out, Choose The Right Tool

A Shocking Undersea Tale B-168

Did you know that the South American electric eel can grow to five feet long, weigh as much as 40 pounds and produce an electrical discharge that can stun a diver?

It’s a fact! The South American eel is not really an eel at all but a true fish that is related to the carp.  It has three electric organs: a small one at the tip of its tail used for navigation and another small one used as a trigger for the third blockbuster organ that produces the lightning-like discharge that kills its prey.

This strange creature, one of more than 200 species of fish, uses electricity by generating and discharging currents either in bursts or steady electric fields around its body. Depending on the species, they may use this energy to find and attack their prey, for defense or for communication and navigation.

These skates, rays, eels and other unusual denizens of the deep live and die by the effectiveness of their in-house batteries.  Scientists have discovered that sharks, porpoises and some other species have extremely sensitive electric receptors that help them detect and avoid their high- powered salt-water neighbors.

Just like the receptors that protect sharks against the South American eel, we have our own systems in place to keep electricity where it belongs.

*Always lock out and tag out. We have lock out systems that are virtually foolproof when everyone follows the proper procedure. Disregarding these systems can lead to injuries and fatalities.

*Look before you reach.  You might not see energized parts, so don’t reach into machinery.  Make sure there is adequate lightning and scan the area carefully before you put your hands there.

*Use protective shields, barriers and insulating materials.  These safety precautions can help prevent accidental contact that could result in tragedy.

*Check power tools. Don’t use power tools with broken plugs or defective insulation and always make sure tools are properly grounded before you use them.

*Watch out for water. Never use electrical equipment or tools in a wet environment without the proper protection or an insulating mat.

Electricity can strike in a flash! Beware!

You risk shock, burns, explosions and fire.

*Copyright 2003 Harkins Safety (B168)



A Message About Hand Safety And Personal Protective Equipment

The Hand-Built Hot Rod

Gleaming chrome. Beautiful custom paint. Tufted leather upholstery. If that’s your idea of a hot rod, stand back and make way for the true, original, hand-built hot rod.

It’s called a rat rod and it harkens back to the early days of hot rodding in the 40s, 50s and 60s when enthusiast had more skill than money and built their creations by themselves…by hand.

Back in those days, hot rodders would find a Model T or a Model A, strip off everything  they  could-fenders, running boards, roof, bumpers- and drop a more powerful engine. It was often a Ford Flathead V8.They’d do all the work themselves. It was about having fun, not about who spent the most money. It was about getting your hands greasy. It was about building something unique.

The rat rod movement today is dedicated to bringing back that hand-built heritage.

In a rat rod, the parts are mismatched, cribbed from a variety of vehicles. The body proudly displays its rust and battle scars. Maltese crosses and skulls sit atop gearshifts in homage to biker and rockabilly cultures. The seats are often bare metal. There’s no carpeting and certainly no luxury-car amenities like air conditioning. An old style beam axle is out front, with leaf springs all around instead of modern coils.

To the uninitiated, a rat rod looks unfinished. That’s because it is. It’s a work in progress, an expression of the owners’ ever-changing vision. It is continuously altered, revised and rebuilt. For a rat rodder, nothing tops having a wrench in your hand.

Think about that the next time you’re on the job, and you’ll realize again why hand safety is so important. You should remind yourself every day to:

*Use gloves when the job calls for it, and choose the proper ones.

*Watch out for pinch points.

*Protect your hands from chemicals and burns.

*Beware of sharp objects like banding, saw blades and edges.

It can be easy to overlook hand safety when you’re on the job and trying to get a project finished. Especially if there is a deadline to meet. But if you allow yourself even a moment of inattention, you’re vulnerable to a potential injury. Why take the chance? It’s just not worth risking damage to your hands. They’re essential tools. Just ask any rat rodder with a hand-built creation and a workbench full of wrenches.


*COPYRIGHT 2012 Harkins Safety (B279)


A Message About PPE, Right Tool For Job, Safety Rules

Eagle Eye on Safety

There’s a very good reason people use the phrase “eagle eye” to describe someone who pays close attention to details.  It’s because eagles have phenomenal eyesight, they never miss a thing.

An eagle can spot a rabbit moving almost a full mile away.  If that’s not amazing enough, an eagle flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet over open country can spot prey over an area of almost three square miles! An eagle’s vision is so sharp that it can see fish in the water from several hundred feet above while soaring overhead.

What makes the eagle’s eyesight so acute? One reason is the fact that an eagle’s eyes have two centers of focus.  This unique dual-focus enables the eagle to see objects in front as well objects on the side at the same time. Like humans, eagles can see in color and their eyes are almost the same size as ours, but their eyesight is four times sharper than a human’s with perfect vision. The iris of an eagle’s eye is also unique; it changes over time from dark brown to a yellow very similar to the color of its beak.

Once an eagle spots his prey, he approaches in a shallow, relaxed glide.  Then in a flash, he dives, snatching the unsuspecting rabbit, rodent or fish in his powerful talons. An expert flier, the eagle can soar to altitudes of 10,000 feet and achieve speeds of 30 to 35 miles per hour.  Yet surprisingly, about 40 percent of baby eagles do not survive their first flight. Apparently, despite their natural instincts, becoming an expert hunter and flier takes practice and training.

It’s the same for you on the job.  Working safely takes practice and training, along with constant attention.

Remember, you don’t have the eagle’s sharp eyesight, but you still have to always keep a sharp eye for hazards. Attention is prevention.  Staying aware, hour after hour, day after day, is one of your best tools for preventing accidents. But that alone isn’t enough.

You have specific safety rules, defined for your work site, your job and your industry.  To stay safe, you have to learn the rules, know them and follow them. If you face a potentially unsafe situation, always ask your supervisor before you do anything.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Being safe also means making sure you have the right tool for the job, using the right personal protective equipment to prevent injuries and never, ever taking shortcuts.

Even though you don’t have the eagle’s ability to see in two directions at the same time, you have to act as if you have eyes in the back of your head when it comes to spotting and avoiding hazards-so YOU don’t become an endangered species.

You are Responsible, Do Your Best, Do it Safely

* Copyright 2005 Harkins Safety  B-145




A Safety Message About Slips Trips & Falls, Tool Safety, Housekeeping, Fire Hazards (1)

“A Clean Sweep”

A World’s Series clean sweep is a special treat for baseball fans. Can you guess how many there have been in baseball history?
The answer is 17. Ten of those victories have gone to American League teams, and seven for National League teams.
Surprisingly, 8 of the 10 American League clean sweeps were accomplished by the New York Yankees. But the very first World Series clean sweep went to the Chicago Cubs.
In the 1907 World Series, the Cubs battled the Detroit Tigers. The first game, called because of darkness after 12 innings, ended in a 3-3 tie. Chicago went on to dominate in game 2, winning 3-1, and in game 3, scoring 5 runs to the Tigers’ 1.
The Tigers fought back in game 4 with a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when an up-and-comer named Ty Cobb smacked a triple to bring in a run. But the Tigers lost 6-1.
Game 5 was Detroit’s last chance. But Chicago’s ace pitcher Mordecai Brown, threw a seven-hitter and clinched a 2-0 win, giving the Cubs the first-ever World Series clean sweep. It takes lots of hard work and a little luck for a baseball team to end up in the history books with a clean sweep. But you can score a clean sweep every day on the job just by practicing good housekeeping.
*Clean up your act. Sweep floors, clear up clutter, clean up dust and spills, and dispose of waste promptly.
*Get Organized. Put tools and equipment in their proper places, inventory all parts, organize shelves and store all records.
*Avoid slips, trips and falls. Clean or report all spills immediately. Remove debris or other obstructions from stairs and walkways. Fix or report loose carpeting. Never use broken or unstable ladders.
*Spend time on tools. Inspect tools before use, clean when finished and store properly.
*Reduce fire hazards. Dispose of oily rags in proper containers; store chemicals and flammables properly; keep areas free of wood, paper and other combustibles; smoke only in designated areas.
*Practice personal hygiene. Wash hands often. Keep cuts and sores bandaged. Keep hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Keep work cloths clean.
Keep Work Areas Clean
Make Housekeeping Your Routine

*Copyright 2003 Harkins Safety



A Safety Message About Slips Trips & Falls, Tool Safety, Housekeeping, Fire Hazards (2)

“The Magic Kingdom”

Have you ever wondered how the world-famous Walt Disney Magic Kingdom keeps customers clamoring for more year after year? It’s simple. They use a tried and true formula.
The Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida depends on the nonstop attention to detail by its employees to keep the magic flowing. The director of the Kingdom says that every employee is a member of the theme park’s cast. Even a host or hostess who takes an order in a restaurant has a speaking role in the theatrical production that is the Magic Kingdom.
Employees are trained to pay attention to the minutest detail as part of the theme park’s passion for creating a satisfying experience for customers. Naturally, good housekeeping is an essential part of everyone’s job.
A network of spacious underground corridors provides support services for the shows, rides and everything that goes on above ground. Giant vacuum tubes near the ceiling carry waste paper to an on-site refuse station. Hazardous wastes like paint and chemicals are disposed of carefully.
These same service corridors house the world’s largest operating wardrobe, a barber shop and a 24-hour hair salon. Without the service corridors, the staff would have to move supplies around above ground, breaking the spell. It would be like pushing a wardrobe cart across the stage in the middle of a Broadway play.
Every worker and every company can benefit from this kind of attention to detail, especially when it comes to housekeeping. Good housekeeping reduces accidents, prevents fires, saves time, increases production and cuts operating costs.
So work the magic of attention to detail by always remembering to…..
*Dispose of waste and trash properly, including flammable liquids and oily or paint-covered rags.
*Wipe up spills immediately.
*Stack boxes and other items neatly and at a reasonable height, away from stairs and traffic areas.
*Pick up tools and other objects that could cause a trip or fall.
*Return equipment to its proper place.
*Make sure fire exits, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers are clearly marked and free of obstructions.
Good housekeeping isn’t magic. It’s just good sense, because accident prevention is good for all of us. All it takes is for employees to stay alert, care about their jobs and care about the customers. That makes our workplace safer for everyone.
Keep It Clean!
Your Work Area Is No Place For An Accident.

*Copyright 2006 Harkins Safety




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