Two Wheeled Safety Tips

As an adherent of OSHA rules and regulations in the construction workplace for a number of years, I am always mindful of safety tips no matter where I am. This could apply to machinery, automobiles, and bikes equally well. I have spent time preparing two-wheeled safety tips for example in manual form. People need to see things written out and clearly explicit. When it comes to road bike wheels, there are a few pointers one can take to maximize security while riding. You can’t be too safe as they say.

There is always someone threatening out there who is not paying attention. Don’t let that be you. Focus on the road and you will amp up your odds of survival. There are many chances for road accidents. If you go over them now and then to remind yourself of road peril, you will be on the lookout for trouble. Learn about the best road bike wheels for people who might commute in to work or use their bikes to complete work errands at this site: http://www.onroadandmountain.com/best-road-bike-tires-wheels/. Do your research or read safety manuals so you will have a broad range to tips. When you are responsible for others, it is all the more important to keep them in mind. Employees don’t automatically do this. Employers in the construction field have to educate workers and this can go beyond two-wheeled safety tips. It has to do with care and maintenance of your bike and inspection of the parts on a regular basis.

When you understand your vehicle, you can anticipate problems. This can save a life. The worst thing is to ride a bike when you are tired or your vision is blurry due to fatigue. Just set the bike down if you suspect you won’t have good balance and coordination on your trip. This is most important at night and not so much during the day. If you feel shaky, in particular in regard to your legs, get off and walk around and assess the situation. You might have been riding a lot and are prone to getting muscle cramps. Limit your time on your bike or the distance or both. The next pointer is to spread the word to everyone you know who rides. Let people know you care and that tips are important and not to be ignored because they seem obvious.

No safety tip is obvious when you are distracted or tired. Accidents are often the result of inattention. If you focus and you have good equipment, you are automatically giving yourself an advantage. I will loan you my manual so you can absorb every word. Or write your own list based on past experience. Maybe a list to top ten warnings would be wise. It only takes one bad accident to mar you for life. Safety first is the old saying. So believe it. His applies to employees, employers, your family and friends. Let’s all promote it together.

Extend the Life of Your Gear

I believe in safety in the workplace, especially construction areas where the risk is great for accidents and injuries. I think every manager should memorize the OSHA laws and set forth rules and regulations on the job that will protect workers. More often than not, damage to personal belongings such as shirts and pants, shoes and boots, and watches occurs that ends up in wasteful expenditure on new items. Okay, it is not a life-threatening situation, but the cost adds up. If you are attentive to what causes such damage, you can save money on torn and ripped items that is a product of normal activity in the line of duty in construction work.

Why not repair things yourself rather than threw them out to populate already overstocked landfills? Put patches on shorts and pants, replace torn boot laces, and get a watch repair kit for your vulnerable timepiece. Better yet, don’t wear it at all. It is exposed to all kinds of machinery and equipment that wreak havoc on its accuracy. It is all about ingenuity when you want to stop waste and save the environment. It may seem a small gesture but extending the life of your gear can help. It is all about stopping rampant consumption that keeps the factories going using up precious fuel.

If you are practically minded like me, you will think of creative ways to keeping using your personal belongings, including your car and household appliances as long as possible. Get out of the consumption rut. I know it is fun and energizing to buy new things, but it depletes resources. We can all do our part. Meanwhile, never sacrifice safety in the workplace no matter where you are—office or construction site. That should be your top priority. Next you can think about recycling and waste. I know a construction manager who bought watch repair kits for everyone on his crew. It was a symbolic gesture about doing it yourself when it comes to damage incurred while working. It was taken lightly until everyone realized the meaning of this gesture. They got the point and within days, they showed up with iron-on patches and polished boots. The longer you wait to repair any damage, the worse it will get and the harder to fix.

I also know a construction boss who created a campaign around waste and the alternative—repair. He created the acronym: victory. He would start every work day with a chant: victory, victory, victory for all! The crew got into it and followed along each morning with glee. It became the group’s identity slogan. This may be all it takes for you to start a similar program with your workers.

V is for vigilance on the job

I is for independent thinking

C is for a “can do” attitude

T is for take it seriously

O is for own your job

R is for repair

Y is for yes to recycle

Staying Warm When Working Outdoors

Working in construction sometimes means working in some harsh weather conditions. Dangerous lightning that has the crew running for the work truck. Heavy rains that come up suddenly and you’re left scrambling to secure a job site. High levels of heat that can kill you faster than you think. Severe cold that will get your teeth chattering and turn you into a popsicle.

Personally, I don’t like the cold. It’s one of the reasons I moved to Vegas. However, there are plenty of my brothers and sisters in hard hats who live in places that get dangerously cold, so today I am writing a post all for you. Working in cold weather causes “cold stress,” which OSHA considers to be a workplace hazard, although your definition of cold may differ from that of your employer. That’s something to sort out before the weather gets cold, though, so that preparations can be made beforehand. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to minimize cold stress so that you and your crew can safely work outdoors in winter.

The first thing is to make sure everyone has access to appropriate clothing. Layers work well. Basic cotton will get wet with sweat and then is of little to no use. Wool, silk, and man-made fabrics maintain warmth even if there is precipitation or sweating. Hats or masks, insulated gloves, and insulated boots will all help the crew stay warmer longer. Waterproof or water resistant would work even better, and used in conjunction with hand or foot warmers can be a lifesaver. Keep extra layers on hand in case someone needs to change.

People will need hot beverages; sweetened is better to help keep your people properly hydrated, so do regular coffee and hot tea runs. Send different people each time so that everybody has a chance to sit in a warm vehicle and get a little time indoors. I personally would get a few portable heaters—electric if you have access to power, a good portable propane heater if you don’t. I like the propane heaters because you can hook them up to decent sized tanks that will last you a while. It is a quick and easy change out, too. A quality space heater can warm a nice sized area, so depending on the scale of your job, you might be able to keep the work area warm enough. If not, have the crews rotate in and out, make sure everybody gets warm. Know the signs of frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot. Keep tabs on each other and get help for anybody who might need it; cold weather does not play around, and conditions will deteriorate fast.

Being prepared and taking the proper steps to ensure worker safety in cold weather is incredibly important. Hope these tips help.

Allergy and Asthma Sufferers, Rejoice!

Promoting safety in the workplace is my personal cause. You can’t be too cautious with other peoples’ lives. You follow OSHA guidelines and the specific rules of a given workplace. Together they will keep you on tract for most contingency situations. Something that is not altogether typical is the issue of respiratory ailments such as asthma. There are increasing numbers of allergy and asthma sufferers, and now they can rejoice. It is a proven fact that a personal air purifier in the office can alleviate symptoms a great deal. It can rid the place of airborne pollen, allergens, mold, dust, germs, chemicals, bacteria, and all sorts of elements that aggravate the medical condition. Help is indeed on its way.

An air purifier can also eliminate odors and smoke, but for the purposes of this blog today, let’s talk about asthma and allergies. It is all about the filtering system. It comes down to the fact that these medical conditions rank sixth among chronic ailments in the US according to the American Lung Association. People with asthma are at risk for health complications associated with poor indoor air quality. It is up to employers to help employees avoid lung disease and the development of infections. If all it takes is an effective air purification system, well, by all means, put it in. Most experts tout the HEPA filter as the best answer as well as activated carbon which together will remove a wide range of pollutants and particles. The best air purifiers meet strict standards. When they do and they operate optimally, you can a healthier indoor environment.

There are many good systems on the market. The QuietPure Home air purifier, as the name denotes, is extremely quiet compared to other models. It has advanced HEPA filtration and a patented turbo charged airflow system designed to clean large amounts of air. It is ideal for removing allergens, bacteria, viruses, pet hair and odors, and features a simple to use auto-mode that will clean the air automatically – no need to adjust fan speeds. The QuietPure Home easily covers a mid to large sized area up to 880 square feet and is built-to-last with a 5 year warranty like our other premium air purifiers. The easy-to-use display shows particle counts, relative humidity and even the temperature in your home or office. In addition, the owner can also use an optional free app on a smart phone to view actual indoor air quality in real time. This brand comes highly recommended for allergy and asthma sufferers and those with COPD. You get extensive protection for employees at an affordable price. It comes with a pre-filter, a HEPA and carbon cartridge, and complete monitoring system.

It is comforting to know that people with respiratory issues can ask their employers about the kind of protection in the way of an air purifier they are willing to provide. They can go to work with their minds at ease about aggravating their allergies and asthma. It is a better state of affairs these days in the work place due to vigilant employers.

The Room I Always Wanted (and Deserved)

Wine is such a popular beverage these days that new construction often includes a wine bar in the initial plans. They aren’t even seen as an upgrade. Wine storage and refrigeration is essential to many young couples that have taken an interest in the fruit of the grape. Newlyweds aren’t the only ones, however, that adore their nightly glass of vino. I recently build a bar in my basement where I can enjoy myself and/or entertain friends. I am retired and can’t wait to begin collecting some of the best domestic wines around.

Imagine yourself in your own man cave in the basement surrounded by special vintages. Imagine the guys coming over to watch a ball game or play poker. See yourself on a comfy sofa, wine glass in hand, or seated at a bridge table sharing stories with friends. How about that last visit to Napa where I got this premium, but little known, wine. I toured the vineyards, had my own tasting, and bought a couple of cases to share with you.

Wine can be a very esoteric subject what with fruity, oaky flavor and all. But it can also be fun and a great hobby. I got into it myself on a tour of Santa Barbara county wineries, and have been imbibing ever since. There are many areas within driving distance where you can enjoy local color and family-owned vineyards. You don’t have to be an expert to thoroughly enjoy this pastime.

When outfitting your basement, man cave, or rec room, you first need to determine your red storage requirements as external wine racks can be vast, more than you could ever drink in a lifetime. This goes for the wine fridges that house the whites. Once you select two dozen or more bottles, you determine if the available space can handle the unit. Wooden racks come pre-built or you can hire someone to make them fit into your space. There is nothing prettier than that glorious wood in your presence. You then need to think about whether to get something basic and economical like a wine chiller for your whites, or whether to go the full hog and buy a wine fridge. The fridge is a bit more modern as a rule, and it is important that it be a quiet model that has digital temperature controls and an LED display. Doesn’t everything have one these days from a generator to a water heater?

You can get freestanding units or those that work into build-in cabinets. It’s your choice. Most people have some constraints that dictate what they buy. If you want to add a bit to the budget, you can get dual-temperature fridges that accommodate all your fine wines. Now you decide on tinted or clear glass doors, a chrome or black finish, and vibration-free cooling that will not harm your prized collection. I hear that thermoelectric cooling technology is the latest thing.

Then there are assorted details such as door pull handles, tempered glass, compressor-based cooling, built-in carbon filters, and mobility. It is all up to you as anything can happen. Go big or small, go narrow or wide; they make a model for every taste and environment.

I’ve Seen It All

I can’t stress safety in the workplace enough, having experienced the positives and negatives of construction industry practices. I like to think of this blog as a voice of reason that can be heard over the din. I also can’t stress quality building materials and techniques enough that will ensure a good result without a glitch. Today, I address the bedroom as my focal point. It epitomes some general ideas about decision making for practical purposes and better design. It alerts the reader to the need for a broader vision that otherwise might not take place.

When you isolate one area of a project, you can hone in on the essentials. Your designer has given you the blueprints, let’s say, but things can be certainly be adjusted. A good construction worker or manager knows this to be true. Does the client want the power outlets in certain places to avoid the hazard of long power cords? Does the client have specific ideas about the placement of the bed and night stands? Is the room big enough for the amazing bed frame that the client wants to support the best mattress for back pain? Everything has to work together to produce a quality outcome. You don’t just jump in, nail up the lumber, and slap up sheet rock to construct arbitrary walls. A real live person is going to live in the space and wants ease of usage. You can make it happen.

Window placement is strategic. Sometimes it is for the view, and oftentimes for safety and egress. The size matters as it can be too big or too small. If an art collector wants a big picture over the bed, you don’t want the window to interfere. If a person is sensitive to light, you might want to go small on the windows and eliminate some of the natural light. While it may seem desirable, too much can be harsh.

There are, in short, a myriad of decisions to make in a simple bedroom to make it inhabitable and work. I have seen my share of failures, leading me to offer this blog. It is an example of how construction requires advance planning that address lifestyle needs. Buildings should exist in a vacuum. Even spec homes presuppose a certain kind of user. When little forethought has been given, you get cookie cutter results that are too generic to really work for individuals.

Yes, I have seen it all. I have seen builders cut corners and materials that don’t fit or wear out. I have seen inappropriate finish work and chintzy details. I have, on the other hand, also seen fine execution done with care and conviction. I particularly admire projects where safety reigns supreme. It is not always a matter of a tight budget as you can do a lot with little funds. It has to do with good decisions that make the best of what is available and that seek to please the new residents and owners. It is all about the right mindset that I believe a good builder should maintain. Having someone living well in your construction is a great reward.

Trusty Ol’ Shop Vac

Construction is my world and my forte. I have some valuable hints to pass on, having worked at this endeavor for many years. I can tell you all about building techniques and pitfalls and I can cover Las Vegas if you give me time; but most of all today, I want to pass on my concern for safety.

Whatever project you are working on, large or small, safety issues can rear their ugly heads. Why? Because when not heeded, they can cause harm. OSHA books are full of what can happen no matter how hard you anticipate problems. Someone inevitably overlooks a wobbly ladder, an open valve, or a stray electric device that is still plugged in.

I am at that point in life where I relish the opportunity to instruct a bit on a subject near and dear to my heart. Having seen many accidents, many of which could have been avoided, I am here to help anyone who might be put in harm’s way. It is especially true if civilians are floating around a construction area and wander in a no man’s zone.

That being said, I have a small topic today that is currently on my mind. I have been dusting off my trusty ol’ shop vac and have been refurbishing it for further use. No need to get rid of old gadgets. There is plenty of life left in most. Don’t relegate some of your best tools to the junk pile just because they look old. Give them a spit and a polish and they will be like new once again. Just be sure to check them for safety before using them or loaning them out.

Anyway, this trusty Dyson vacuum cleaner is going to clean my garage today, and my house tomorrow. The work goes fast because of the great suction. When you buy industrial grade, you get top performance. A wet and dry vac is highly recommended so you can use it on patios and terraces, not to mention the garage or work room floor. You can use the unit for wet pick-up and you also get clean-up tools for dry applications. They are all safe to use in most situations.

I love my vac and have given it multiple tough assignments. It is sturdy and rugged, made of rotationally molded polyethylene housing. There are also ten inch diameter stair climbing wheels which really come in handy in the house, especially in that I have a basement. I love that it stores tools right on the premises, including a crevice tool, a dusting brush, a multi-part stainless steel wand and assort pick-up tools for wet or dry application. There is, of course, a nice nine foot hose and a fifty foot safety yellow power cord.

I could go on and on…after all this is a blog about a vac and you probably expect details. Let’s leave it at this. You get great capacity at eighteen gallons and a device that is powered using a two-stage, 1.17HP motor that offers 95 DFM and 110” water lift. That might be mumbo jumbo to you, but to those in the construction industry, it all makes perfect sense. This shovelnose vac is tops in the field, well-priced, and guaranteed to tackle any household or commercial job. Consider it recommended.