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The Major Safety Hazards of Construction Tower Cranes and the Ways to Avoid Them

The Major Safety Hazards of Construction Tower Cranes and the Ways to Avoid ThemConstruction tower cranes are the backbone of most large construction sites. The jobsites can’t work to their full capacity without them. However, working with cranes poses many hazards. Unsafe practices can lead to costly damage, injuries and even fatalities. Therefore, it’s important to know the main hazards and how to prevent them.

Falling of loads

Falling loads are one of the most common hazards when working with construction tower cranes. It can result in damage of building and property, injuries and fatalities. Also, it leads to delays and extra expenses. It’s extremely important to be sure in operator competency. Operators and all specialists working with cranes should be proper trained so they are able to operate competently and safely. In addition, construction businesses should use only verified and high quality blocking systems.

Overload

The majority of crane failures and hazards are the result of overloading. Exceeding of crane’s operational capacity can cause irreversible damages and a dangerous situation for all workers. Do not take such risks and always observe the established weights and volumes.

Power lines

Around 200 fatalities per year are the result of contact of construction tower cranes. Any workers in the vicinity are at risk when cranes operate near power lines. It’s crucial that pre-job planning takes into account the location of power lines.

Here are some more crane safety tips:

– Appropriate and regular training of all employees,

– Knowing and following the rules of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER),

– Proper safety plan before starting the work,

– Appropriate PPE for workers,

– Regular safety inspections.

Safety inspection apps

Mobile apps are the best and the most convenient way to conduct safety inspections right on the jobsite. Safety inspection apps from Snappii allow users to collect all necessary data, observe regularity, instantly process data, generate reports, share them and safely store. Visit the gallery and find the ready-made safety inspection apps. Moreover, you can send us your requirements and Snappii team will create a custom app in accordance with your personal needs.

Ensure Safe Workplace and Healthy Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ensure Safe Workplace and Healthy Employees during the COVID-19 PandemicBack to the workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges that society and business have faced for the last few years. We want to believe that the worst is over and the world is recovering. Now governments, employers and workers are responsible in reinforcing the progress made in stemming infection rates by ensuring a safe return to work. This requires compliance with safety measures, cooperation and coordinated action.

First of all, knowledge and awareness are key. Employees must be well informed about how the virus spreads, the symptoms of infection and how to minimize the risks. Here are some useful sources:

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19,

COVID-19: guidance for the workplace,

COVID-19: Back to the workplace – Adapting workplaces and protecting workers,

A safe and healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mobile checklists to monitor employee health

One of actions businesses should do to protect the employees is daily health monitoring. This process can be simplified and optimized with a use of mobile checklists. Using just a mobile device, the employer or manager can easily collect all data about the health of the employees. Mobile checklists provide fields to mark temperature and symptoms, add photos and signatures. All data is safely stored and always available.

Convert your own forms

Snappii is able to convert any existing form or checklist to its mobile analogue. Moreover, our unique Form Converter provides the opportunity of form conversion and creation of any mobile form by yourself. It doesn’t require any tech skills and great efforts. Users can download Snappii Mobile Forms app and start using the created mobile form. One more great solution is the ability to generate professional PDF reports on the base of completed forms.

Daily employee health screening logs, visitor screening forms, Coronavirus employee waiver and more. Keep the business open and the employees safe. Contact Snappii support team with any questions.

3 Actions to Prevent Fire at the Enterprise

3 Actions to Prevent Fire at the EnterpriseThe fundamentals of fire safety of any enterprise are not only the presence of fire extinguishers and evacuation plan. This concept is much more extensive and includes fire preventive trainings, safe behavior, constant inspections and reporting. The main causes of fire situations at the enterprise are:

– poor power, short circuit;

– faulty equipment, incorrect operation of equipment;

– neglect and violation of fire safety rules;

– improper storage of flammable things.

Here are 3 major activities of fire prevention at the enterprise.

Forewarned is forearmed

Provide training and maintenance of guidelines and procedures aimed to assure the safety of all employees. Pay special attention to trust and responsibility in the team. The more trust workers have in each other, the better equipped they are for whatever problems and incidents do arise in the workplace. Conduct regular fire alarm trainings and do not spare time for analysis of actions.

Constant communication

Always maintain clear lines of communication. Whether it’s a regular report, or any observations and comments, make sure all the team knows what’s going on. In every field communication is the key to operate safely and efficiently, and to making sure that everyone is on the same page.

Regular inspections

Regular fire safety inspections are the key for trouble-free and safe operation of the enterprise and the calmness of its managers. Work out a plan of inspections and strictly observe it. In order for such quite time consuming activity to take place without problems and misses, special inspection apps can be required. They allow inspectors to organize and optimize fire safety inspection and make it faster but proper.

Fire Inspection app

Snappii offers Fire Inspection app to help businesses in providing safe workplace and ensure that the premises have all fire suppression equipment in place and in good working order. It is the excellent tool to capture required data easily and quickly and add it to pre-made mobile forms. Take photos related to the inspection, include them into the PDF inspection forms, capture handwritten signatures, report locations with map or GPS features and more. Fire Inspection app conveniently stores all necessary data which is always available. Snappii team is able to customize this app to your specific needs. Contact us with any requirements.

How Mobile Solutions Ensure Proper Documentation and Safe Construction Jobsite

How Mobile Solutions Ensure Proper Documentation and Safe Construction JobsiteThere are a plenty of dangers and risks on any construction project. One of the main tasks of contractor is to keep everyone safe while they are on-site. Proper and accurate documentation takes part in creating a safe workflow. To achieve this, contractors complete daily construction safety checklists and generate construction safety reports. This way, contractors can make sure their sites are safe, any dangers and incidents are identified and reported so they can continue to improve workflow.

The importance of proper reporting for OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a Federal safety watchdog. All significant incidents should be reported to it. OSHA uses this information to help companies eliminate unsafe work practices. Also accessible, accurate and timely records help avoid litigations.

Advantages of mobile solutions

Today construction businesses improve construction operations through technological advances. Construction documentation also gets huge benefits from modern mobile technology, and influences on safe workflow. Mobile forms and apps allow users to fill in pre-made forms in a few clicks, generate complete, professional reports right on a smartphone, conveniently store data, share it and more. These contribute to optimized and efficient work with safety documentation. And in turn, general safety at the jobsites rises to the next level.

What Snappii can offer for construction documentation

Snappii helps construction companies create safe and efficient jobsites. We provide mobile solutions for this field that are easy to use, as well as multifunctional and smart. Among the powerful ready-made construction apps are Construction Daily Log app, Construction Manager app, Timesheet Manager app, Construction Estimator app, Construction Plans app, Workplace Safety Inspection app and more. All apps allow users to easily and quickly work with data in the field and add them to pre-made forms. Moreover, Snappii construction apps provide the opportunity to generate professional reports as PDF and Excel files.

Snappii offers Mobile Forms Converter. Thanks to it, anyone can convert existing forms to their mobile analogue. Also our team can do it for you. You just need provide your forms and requirements. Moreover, Snappii has Snappii Mobile Forms app with a set of pre-made forms which are able to be used. Download the app and choose the forms you need.

Warehouse Safety: The Main Points to Keep in Mind

Warehouse Safety: The Main Points to Keep in MindOSHA General Guidelines and Citations

Warehousing is a huge industry in the U.S., with about 7,000 warehouses employing more than 140,000 workers. Safety is an essential point in this field, and is regulated by a series of standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The main focus is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. The most common causes of accidents are improper use of forklifts, materials handling, inappropriate equipment, occupational safety neglect and other. OSHA issues many publications about warehouse safety and provides the solutions that can be adopted to reduce accidents and protect workers. There are 10 areas for which they issue citations.

– Forklifts

– Hazard communication

– Electrical, wiring methods

– Electrical, system design

– Guarding floor & wall openings and holes

– Exits

– Mechanical power transmission

– Respiratory protection

– Lockout/Tagout

– Portable fire extinguishers

Also OSHA has published a brochure to warehousing. Find it here. It covers the most common hazards and offers the tips to reduce them.

Forklift

The major practices of warehouse safety management

Warehouse safety management is a complex of actions, which includes trainings with employees, development of plan and strategy for safety, various safety inspections and more. Well-trained workers are safe workers. That’s why safety and operational trainings are the first component of warehouse safety programs. There are trainings that apply to all workers, as well as those that will help more specific warehouse specialists. Everyone should learn proper procedures. The second important part of warehouse safety management is regular safety inspections. Basic high-level inspections should be done daily or weekly. Keeping all the safety requirements straight is a daunting task. The best way to conduct safety inspections is to use checklists. However using of paper checklists can be quite time-consuming and inconvenient. They require further processing and also are bulky and unreliable while storage. Nowadays mobile safety inspection forms can be a great alternative.

warehouse safety inspection mobile forms

Mobile safety inspection forms

Snappii is an expert of mobile forms. We offer hundreds of pre-made mobile inspection forms for a plenty of industries and fields of activity. Filling out mobile forms can save 60 minutes every day. Safety inspections with mobile inspection forms can be done anywhere. It requires just a smartphone or a tablet. An additional advantage is an opportunity to generate the complete reports on a base of the filled in forms. These reports can be emailed as a PDF file. Moreover Snappii provides a unique solution to convert any existing forms into their mobile analogue. Try it with Snappii Form Converter, or our team can do it for you.

Please always keep in mind that warehouse safety culture should be a core for all employees at all levels, especially executives and owners. It is a key of efficient and profitable operation.

4 Tips to Prevent Accidents at the Workplace

4 Tips to Prevent Accidents at the WorkplaceAccidents at the workplace happen more often than you think and take a toll on companies. When working at heights or coming into contact of hazardous materials and equipment, safety at the workplace is the most important task. With each incident, companies suffer legal issues, financial loss, damaged reputation and more. There are some general actions to ensure that workplace accidents and injuries don’t happen, no matter what type of environment you work in.

Always stay alerted and rest in time

Stay awake and stay alerted. Timely rest can help to complete tasks adequately, enhance your performance and avoid inattention and related incidents. Don’t get involved in recycling, this is a path of errors and misses. Most of the people who become involved with accidents at the workplace are those who feel tired and sleepy.

Wear proper uniform

Many jobs require special dress code – uniforms. This is not casual. Workers should be more vigilant about the wearing of appropriate safety uniform and other protective equipment when working. Otherwise, they are prone to accidental cuts, burns, bumps, and so on. All these in turn can lead to more serious consequences.

Follow instructions and pay attention to details

Even if you’re an expert at your job, you always need to follow all instructions and regularly brush up on knowledge. Work with diligence and full awareness of your job. Following clear rules and paying attention to detail can help you to avoid making mistakes that can lead to injuries, serious incidents and subsequent legal issues.

Participate in emergency drills and safety trainings

Emergency drills provide the knowledge how to act if the emergency arises, avoid accidents and protect yourself. Workers shouldn’t take safety drills for granted, and take this seriously. Also, managers must insist on regular and full-fledged safety trainings and exams over the gained knowledge.

Keep safe both employees and the business itself

The tips above concern each employee and his or her personal safety. And how to save the business itself? Modern safety apps can help with this.

Safety inspection apps allow managers and business owners to ensure safety in the operation environment and protect the business itself from legal impacts. Regular inspections are a key of safe workflow. Safety inspection apps help easily and quickly collect necessary information, process it and instantly use for decision making. Such data is more timely and accurate. Also, safety inspection apps allow users to store the data and have a constant access to it.

Workplace safety inspections in a few minutes

Snappii has been changing the culture of safety in various businesses for about 10 year. Hundreds of successfully and safely operating companies are our best achievement. Snappii offers Workplace Safety Inspection app, which can become your smart assistant in providing workplace safety right now. This ready-made app allows users to inspect working environment including surrounding appliances, medical service, environment control, fire protection and more. Fill out pre-made inspection forms, add photos, capture accurate GPS locations and more.  Start an efficient safety assurance program with Workplace Safety Inspection app.

A pleasant and useful advantage of Snappii apps is their 100% customization. We can modify any ready-made app to meet your personal needs. Let us know your requirements and ideas.

How Mobile Forms can save a life

 

 

Keeping a safe work environment can save a life.

The U.S department of labor began OSHA, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, in 1971. In terms of workplace safety, this was a big deal. Accurate numbers were not kept at the time, but there were around 14,000 deaths every year in workplace situation. Since OSHA’s inception, workplace fatalities have dropped a staggering 62 percent, while occupational illness and injury has declined around 40 percent. Not bad considering OSHA was one of the first of its kind!

Mobile forms can help with efficiency when it comes to safety.  Because OSHA spreads itself across so many different industries, Snappii was able to utilize their standard practices to create the templates you can find in our editor. Inspecting heavy equipment, scaffolding, chemical hazards, and even lockout/tagout procedures can all become more efficient with the use of mobile forms. Mobile forms also provide supervisors the opportunity to keep track of diligent workers, and identify ones that aren’t.

No clearance until you finish Lockout/Tagout Procedures

If you have to service or perform maintenance on a piece of equipment that could potentially be dangerous, the machine has to be isolated and made inoperative. Most companies use a lockout procedure to ensure employees don’t skip this step. A tag, or lock, is fixed to the device to show that it should not be started again until the tag is removed.

Where do mobile forms come in? Mobile forms force workers to remove the tag from the machine before the work order can be accessed by prohibiting the worker from continuing until the required fields are recorded. Because you can check where the form is coming from, mobile forms also ensure that a specific employee serviced a specific machine. Managers will be happy to hear that mobile forms will get submitted right to their inbox – no need to clutter your desk with paper.

Safety against falling

Geronimo no-mo. OSHA’s reports state that injury and fatality by falling is the leading injury amongst construction workers. To avoid this, scaffolding, ladders, stairways – basically anything that gets you off the ground – is subject to rigorous inspection before use. Scaffolding, for example, has to be verified to support not only its own weight, but 4 times its maximum load.

Mobile forms can facilitate this process by making the inspection a breeze. The worker checking the scaffolding can fill out all necessary fields’ right in their smartphone. Want more details? It’s easy to add video and picture as a requirement to your mobile forms, ensuring that the best practices are being used to secure your employees while they work.

Training whenever necessary

Employee training is a surefire way to help your workers stay clear of workplace hazards. Another huge perk to having mobile forms is the ability to place videos and photos that can be used as tutorials. For example, if a new employee is doing the inspection for the first time and they cannot find a specific piece, they can use their mobile form to teach themselves. This makes training a new employee for safety inspections a breeze.

You can also use this same technology to teach your employees about new tools of the trade. Convert your mobile form to a mobile app with Snappii and you can add catalogs of videos available to your employees. They can see which employee is working where, what equipment is being used, the weather – any information can be made accessible.

 

A life is invaluable. Workplace safety incidents are on the decline, and utilizing the modern technology of mobile apps can make that number go down even further, and with less time spent actually doing inspections, than ever before. At Snappii, we want to enable every business to take advantage of mobile forms, which is why we offer a 14-day trial when you sign-up.

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