Power Mower Safety

Seasonal

A power lawn mower can be dangerous and cause serious injuries. A rotary mower blade whirls at 2,000 or 4,000 revolutions per minute, or at 100 to 200 miles per hour. For safety reasons, it is important to know how to quickly disengage the clutch and stop the engine.

To operate a power lawn mower, follow these tips:

- Begin by reading the operater's manual.
- Before mowing... Read More...

Battery Safety

Electrical Hazards

Batteries provide a portable – and usually safe – source of electrical power for countless applications. From tiny cells used in wristwatches to industrial-size utility backups, batteries keep things working for us.

There are some hazards associated with batteries, however. The chemical reactions required to generate electricity involve toxic and explosive substances, harmful to... Read More...

Machine Guards

General

We've all had the experience of doing what we thought was a favor for someone, only to have it rejected or unappreciated. I suppose if machine guards were human they would experience this type of frustration frequently. While the basic motive for guarding is to protect, not prohibit, guards are often looked upon by employees as obstacles. However, guards wherever they are and whatever they are... Read More...

Fall Protection Clearance Distance

Slips, Trips and Falls

Calculating PFAS Clearance Distance

Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) must be used in accordance with the following OSHA requirements:

OSHA Construction Standard 1926.501 (b)(1) "Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the... Read More...

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