Recent General Posts

Working at Heights- Rescue Plan

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Health & Safety Moment:

Working at Heights training is now mandatory in Ontario. As an employer, one of the key aspects that you are responsible for is ensuring that a rescue plan is in place should a worker fall.

911 is not a rescue plan, however it may be an important component of the plan. A quick response is essential. The fallen worker may have sustained injuries; if the worker is suspended from a harness, it may cut off blood circulation and increase the potential for blood clots, which could lead to an embolism or even a stroke.

It is essential to get the worker down safely, in a timely manner, and to follow up with first aid, or even a hospital visit.

Here is a prototype rescue plan for a ladder rescue:

  1. If the fallen worker appears injured by the fall, alert 911 and continue with the rescue.
  2. Set up additional ladder or ladders to reach the fallen/suspended worker.
  3. Rig a separate lifeline for the rescuer(s) to use while carrying out the rescue.
  4. If the fallen worker is hanging from a lanyard, attach a lowering line to the harness.
  5. If more than one rescuer is present, other rescuers should lower the fallen worker to the ground while the ladder rescuer helps guide the fallen worker safely.
  6. Once the fallen worker has reached safety, follow up with first aid protocols.
  7. Transport to a hospital if necessary.

Dust to Dust

2/15/2018 (Permalink)


Thinking about doing some home renovations? Dust control is often overlooked. Not only will it get on and embed itself in any uncovered furniture, it will also spread throughout the house, get in your clothing, hair, lungs, eyes, nostrils, and just about every other point of entry.

Cover the furniture with drop sheets, or even inexpensive plastic sheeting. Also consider containing the area using 4-6 mm poly sheeting. When we do jobs, we will also consider putting the area under negative air pressure to minimize the potential for dust and other contaminants spreading. If the area is small enough, you can do this yourself using an ordinary cylinder vacuum cleaner (like a Shop-Vac), by placing the canister outside the contained area and placing the end of the hose inside the contained area.

Of course don't forget dust masks and eye protection.

Avoiding Job Site Hazards

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Removing tack strip

Some of the most preventable injuries in our field are slips and falls. We work in wet environments, wet carpets, with soggy belongings all over the place. Even worse, when tearing out wet carpet, it is all too easy to cut a finger on a rusty carpet tack strip.

All of our employees are urged to keep their vaccinations up-to-date, including tetanus and HEP-A/B. In addition proper PPE is a requirement. We will turn down jobs in which we're asked to cut corners and put employees' and occupants' safety at risk.

From the SERVPRO® Newsline:

To help prevent injury from an exposed tack strip, remove tack strips completely when possible. Cover tack strips at the end of the day as well as at the end of the job. At a minimum, cover tack strips in doorways and other walkways.