Safety and Training

Be In The Know Before You Go

Safety Begins Here
You’re about to start working on a new job. Wait. Stop. Do you know your whole job? Everything about it, that needs to be known? If not, you may want to go back and do your homework on the project. Researching and preparing beforehand is extremely important for guaranteeing safety. If you try to figure out your safety precautions while you are doing a project it will ultimately cause problems. It slows down the process of your project being completed when you have to figure out what to do while you are doing it. Furthermore, it can cause safety hazards when you do not know your whole project before it’s start. It can not be reiterated enough the safety is of the utmost importance on a work site. Trying to figure out safety before as you work is an accident waiting to happen. Part of a job includes the preparation. In fact, the preparation might actually be the most important part. Knowing all about your job before you start will not only make the work run more smoothly but it ensures safety for everyone involved. That is why it is or motto to “know before we go” on a job.

CAUTION: Don’t Get Hurt! – Heavy Equipment Safety

safety first
The sheer size and weight of heavy machinery, such as bulldozers, graders, and ground moving equipment, can make them extremely hazardous if the proper safety measures are not taken. When it comes to using these machines, these safety tips are of the utmost importance to ensure an absence of injuries. These safety tips are not recommendations, but are critical to be followed precisely:
  1. Before starting any project heavy machinery must be inspected both visually and physically.  Physically checking the equipment is critical to prevent issues including: torn belts, worn brakes, and leaking hydraulics.
  2. Make sure all component parts are properly secured and disabled when storing machinery. Just because equipment is in the “off” position doesn’t mean that it is safe. Mobile equipment  must have its breaks in the locked position and the owner’s manuals of most heavy equipment provides information on how to safely secure equipment when stored.
  3. Weather conditions mean that extra precautions must be taken to ensure safety. Rain can cause a shift in the ground under a back hoe. Strong breezes can affect the balance of a crane. Safety must be in the front of everyone’s mind when working in poor weather conditions
  4. Heavy machinery operators should never work when impaired or under the effects of medications. Workers must be monitored to ensure they are properly able to operate all heavy machinery.
These safety procedures are critical in making the work environment, that includes heavy machinery, safe. Safety requirements will vary from machine to machine but it is important that each employee operating a machine is familiar and trained with the machine’s operation and safety precautions. It is the employer’s job to ensure that everyone on the work site is safe around heavy equipment. At Horizon Underground, we are here to get the job done, but more importantly we are here to be certain the everyone on and around the work site is safe.

Winter Season Wellness in the Work Environment

Winter Wellness
As they say in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming…” What does that mean for your business? The two most important things for business wellness in the winter are ensuring that all associates remain healthy and productive. In terms of health in the winter it is important that employees stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and take care of their bodies. This will prevent head colds and other common winter illnesses from plaguing anywhere from one employee to spreading to the entire group. In terms of productivity it is important to remember that the winter is a social time, the same as any other season. The holiday season is amongst us and that means taking time to spend with family. It also could mean time to spend with friends and increase the moral of employees and act as an opportunity to bond. Holiday work parties are a great way to do this, and they don’t have to be the cliche office party shown in movies. Meeting at a restaurant of bar to jus hang with colleagues during the winter months can be a great way to encourage a team sentiment. This leads to better productivity in the winter season and seasons to follow.