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4 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety at Construction Sites

March 18, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

A construction worker holding his hardhat According to figures from Safe Work Australia, more than a quarter of construction deaths were due to falls. The majority of these cases involved mobile ramps, stairways, scaffolding, and ladders. Here are some ways on how to improve workplace safety in construction sites:

1. Identify all the workplace hazards at the construction site.

A thorough walkthrough of the construction site allows you to identify the off-limits areas and workplace hazards that you need to safeguard. The identification of the areas and hazards will help you better train and inform your crew about the workplace safety.

2. Install a fence for construction sites.

Apart from protecting your actual construction site, installing fencing materials for hire for also protect your staff and site visitors. Superfence explains that a temporary fence ensures that people don’t go wandering in highly dangerous and off-limits areas where they can get hurt. Fences are great additions to ensuring construction safety.

3. Make sure all personnel are wearing complete protective gear.

One of the best practices in every construction site is ensuring that all personnel and visitors are wearing the proper safety gears at all times. Moreover, making sure that your staff knows the importance of each item is crucial. For instance, wearing a hard hat could define the difference between a fatal blow to the head or a minor head injury.

4. Regularly check scaffolding, ladders and other construction equipment.

Falls happen a lot on construction sites. To help lower the risk of falls from height, make sure that the scaffoldings, ladders, and other construction elements are erected and used properly. A regular walkthrough of the site can help spot any potential risks in the whole duration of the site work.

As an employer, the safety of your employees is your responsibility. Employ these recommendations to help improve the safety of your people at work.

3 Ways to Take Care of Your Excavator Undercarriages

March 11, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Excavator UndercarriagesFor businesses in the earth moving industry, you’ll find that you can rent heavy equipment any time for just a fraction of a cost. But there are many advantages to owning your own heavy haul equipment. Owning one has become easier, especially now that there are many excavator undercarriages for sale. If you already own one, here are some tips to make your investments last a long time:

1. Regular Cleaning

If you use your excavator undercarriage daily, you need to clean it daily too. This is because rocks, mud and dirt can easily get stuck on the components, especially in colder months, as they may easily freeze. This can lead to premature wear because these caked-on elements can prevent the undercarriage from rolling freely. It is best to use a pressure washer to get rid of the dirt, mud and rocks.

2. Regular Inspection

The sprockets are often the ones most prone to wear and tear. Check these regularly. If you find some pointed or crooked teeth on the sprockets, replace them as soon as possible to avoid damaging more components. During regular inspections, look for traces of oil leaks in the seals, which could lead to machine failure. Tuff Stuff also reminds owners that spare parts are important, as well.

When in use, check the track tension. If you feel that the tension is becoming loose, have it checked immediately. Unaddressed cases could easily lead to machine damage and even power loss. As you walk around the excavator undercarriage, routinely look for missing, loose or damaged parts so they can be replaced before you use it. Take note of the drive motor, main rollers and idlers, track bolts, rock guards, track chains, and track shoes.

3. Employ Best Practices

One of the simplest but best ways to extend the life of your power tools and heavy equipment is to make sure you’re using them properly. Some best practices include making wider turns, limiting time spent on slopes, reducing the need to make aggressive turns, picking the correct grouser and avoiding work in very harsh environments.

Use these tips to extend the life of your excavator undercarriage, even if you use it regularly in the field. Regular cleaning and inspection coupled with best practices ensure that you maximise your ROI.

Joining the Open Plan Office Movement: Is It Worth It?

March 10, 2017 at 7:31 am Comments are Disabled

A businesswoman in an open office Working in an office cubicle can be peaceful – but much like the desk mini-bar cart and ashtray stand of the ‘60s, it’s increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

As big bosses strive to save money and space, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges – and with that came the open office plan.

The open plan has turned concepts into projects, caused hierarchies to loosen up and more walls to come down. And in modern workspaces, the corner office is no longer seen as the ultimate spot. But that’s obviously not the case in the Philippines, where offices are still divided into walls and cubicles.

So why should you switch to open-plan?

Increases Employee Performance

According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, companies that switch from closed-office to an open plan office experience performance increases.

Projectsunlimited.com.ph says such changes to the office floor plan must be carefully planned to be effective, however.

Facilitates Communication

An open-plan concept also facilitates communication between employees of different departments or those who do not interact regularly. This removes the idea that to talk to another employee, you must first talk to their supervisor, which is inefficient and only wastes time. In other words, an open plan space promotes a multi-level, free flow of information among co-workers.

Saves Space and Money

With fewer cubicles, more employees fit into less space. You can’t really put a person in a 6×6 cubicle comfortably – that’s like putting them in a prison cell. You can, however, easily put an employee in a 6×6 or even a 6×4 desk in an open plan environment, reducing the amount of space you use substantially.

The biggest fear in transitioning to an open concept is the lack of privacy. Yes, privacy will be limited compared to the traditional office layout, but that’s only a simple trade-off – increased employee performance, better communication, and more savings for privacy.

Acquiring Jewelry and Jewels as Viable Investments

February 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Jewelry as InvestmentThere are a number of investments that young professionals can get themselves into without having to worry too much about computations and constant supervision. The trading, sales, and acquisition of jewelry and precious stones have become a popular option. This type of investment has many great benefits.

They are Portable – Imagine being able to carry around a million dollars in a sling pouch. This is hardly possible with cash but probable when dealing with jewelry and precious gems. Transporting these small, but valuable items can be a convenient and secure experience for you provided you still practice practical safety procedures.

They are Multi-Purpose – Gems and jewelry, as mentioned earlier, can be worn, displayed, sold, pawned, loaned and they would still retain their value as long as they aren’t damaged. You wouldn’t need to panic over financial emergencies since you can easily pawn a diamond jewelry set or a few precious stones with the help of Hull Loan System.

They Provide Anonymity – It’s possible not declare your diamonds or antique jewelry; hence you can be totally discreet when selling or financially dealing with them. Also, unlike cash, they aren’t required to be taxed once you’ve profited from the sale. Dealings using jewelry and diamonds can be done with utmost discretion and secrecy to protect both buyer and seller.

They are Long-Lasting – Paper money can easily get soiled, stained, burned or destroyed. The same can’t be said of jewelry and jewels. You might need to have them regularly cleaned but some stones no longer need any polishing once they are stored properly. And they will never be pulled out of circulation unlike cash.

You won’t need to have any special license or should be within a certain age limit to invest in jewelry and jewels. All you’ll need is the cash and the reliable sources to buy your products from. If you find this a viable business to augment your finances do connect with a trustworthy company to start you off.

Gold: Give it a New Shape, But Do Not Give It Away

January 30, 2017 at 9:54 am Comments are Disabled

gold bar
Heirlooms that have been passed down from your great-great-grandmother down to your mother and now to you is done so because of its sentimental value. But aside from the memories, those gold jewellery set is entrusted to you because of its continuously increasing value. Something that not all people are aware of.

High value of gold

Most people know that gold is valuable. But not most people know why.

In the height of Brexit, the price of gold once again increased as the demand for the valuable metal increases. Gold is considered a “security blanket”, something people can always pull out and sell during tough times. This is the reason people who have money to spare, businessmen and even countries like South Korea and Thailand have hugely invested in gold.

The value of gold is affected by the movement of the economy, political events (i.e. Brexit, Trump triumph) and demands of different countries (i.e. continuous increase in demand of China). While people in the business know the value of gold, thus the demand, ordinary people see it as a luxury and is using the metal as a safety blanket literally. This is something you should avoid as much as possible.

Do not sell your gold

Do not sell those heirlooms for cash as you would definitely get way less that the price for your jewellery, especially if you are like the majority of the population who does not truly understand the gold market.

Instead, give those pieces new life and shape. Casting jewellery, especially those of high values like gold more common than you think. Cast them to your liking to be able to match today’s latest trend or shape them into something you can eventually pass down to your children.

It would not hurt to keep your gold pieces with you as long as possible, especially now that you know the real value of those pieces you tucked away for so long.

Make Your Bed Bug-Free: The Hacks

January 12, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Pest Control ProcedureSome pests thrive in homes so much that it gives homeowners huge problems. The bed bug as the name suggests is found in beds hiding in crevices laying eggs by the hundreds. It requires proper pest control procedure to eliminate this pest from further spread.

The Culprit

Bed bugs from other places are carried into homes through a person’s clothes, luggage or through a furniture that a family just bought. Children who play with neighbors infested with bugs may carry them back into their own homes. There is no escaping these bed bugs that multiply fast. Even hotels, apartments, or inns are not spared from bed bugs. As long as people move, they may be carrying with them bed bugs as they transfer from place to place.

Poor Quality Sleep

It disrupts normal sleep. It may wake you up in the middle of the night when you feel prickly sensation on your legs or arms. It also creates dark spots and bad smell on the bed. Such a nuisance when all you want is a peaceful sleep. Something must be done to stop it. You cannot go on living a normal life every time bed bugs pesters you at night.

Getting Help from Exterminator

In Indianapolis, where bed bugs have become a nationwide problem, there are many experienced exterminators who are ready to help you. Pest control companies offer safe and effective methods of treating bed bugs. They have trained workers who are capable of doing the job well and giving you satisfaction. It takes one call for you to inquire about their services, scheduling, and price quotes.

Bed bugs need not be a problem anymore. Take action to control this pest with the help of exterminators. Make your home bed bug free. Live in a healthy environment. Have a quiet and peaceful sleep at night.

Organize a Community Cleanup: Make it Simple with these Suggestions

December 15, 2016 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Neigborhood Cleanup in UtahWhether you’re a small business owner who wants to give back to your community, or just a good citizen who wants to help, one of the best ways to do that is by organizing a neighborhood cleanup. Here are some suggestions to increase your chances of success.

Schedule Early

This is something that you shouldn’t rush. Plan it well in advance, maybe a month before your target date. Meet with your neighborhood or homeowners’ association, the volunteer group, school or whatever organization, or even the general public that will be participating in this cleanup so you can start pooling ideas. Vote on a date. Spring is a good time. When you’ve decided on a date, schedule with your hauler.

Do Some Research

Know what you can about the target area for cleanup. This will give you an idea of the kind of cleanup you’ll be doing. For example, it can help you decide whether you need remediation; Utah companies can help you with such, but you should schedule early with them, says an expert from Envirocarehazmat.com.

Know What You Need

Here is a list of what you and your volunteers will be needing for your cleanup drive:

  • Safety vests and heavy duty work gloves
  • Insect repellent to protect volunteers from bites
  • Trash bags and buckets (for sharp objects)
  • First aid kits
  • Rakes and shovels and other tools for cleaning
  • Refreshments
  • Cellphones or radios

Volunteers can use whatever they already have in their garden sheds, such as wheelbarrows and grass cutters. Simply remind them to take care of their own tools so they don’t lose them.

Documentation

Designate a photographer. Your team leaders can also act as the photographers for their respective team. They can use their smartphone cameras. If you have a community website, these photos should appear on it. Designate someone to write a short article regarding your activity.

For further documentation, use a logbook for listing your volunteers’ names, phone numbers, and addresses. This is also where you write down the minutes of your meetings, suggestions, and items that you need.

A neighborhood cleanup shouldn’t be too hard to organize. It is, after all, for the good of everyone in your community.