STOP. THINK. PREVENT. BLOG.
The other day, a friend posted a video of a concrete pump hose failure:
I have come up with some guidance regarding the operation that you may wish to share/pass on. The ACPA information is especially helpful, see below.
While I don't know any details of the failure (it only happened a few weeks ago, based on the time stamp), there are some additional resources out there that you may find informative:
Not a hose failure, but still a failure to exercise proper caution, setup, and operation...see the outriggers on the left side, likely not extended to permit traffic to pass. Under limited circumstances, "short jacking" (on cranes too) is allowed, but that procedure 1) reduces capacity significantly and 2) changes allowable boom operations
A recent and local (to me) accident
A whole page full of pump safety handouts/literature - take a look!
Do your research. Train your crews. Ensure proper operations.
One is Too Many.
Recently, You_Tube changed their terms of service, requiring "creators" to maintain at least 4k hours of viewing in 12 mos, and at least 1k subscribers, to maintain some development services as well as ad income.
You_Tube has basically described this as a way to help cull out fraudulent sites, increase professionalism, and ensure that sites stay more or less on point, focused on the message.
Kind of makes sense.
But it also burdens some smaller creators by reducing some functionality. So I am asking you to support those with a message to spread.
Many of us might make a couple of hundred dollars a year, but are committed to keep going. I would encourage you to support You_Tubers that you enjoy by subscribing, sharing, commenting, etc. For some of us, this a passion. Please help spread the word.
FYI, in almost three years I have made about $300. I use it to pay for this website. And I have also shared my Excavation and Trenching video 68,000 times - it comes up first when you search "excavation safety" in You_Tube. That's what I am looking for - to be able to share the Safety Message
Please, support your local You_Tuber, subscribe, receive notifications, keep the resources flowing. The gavel drops 2/20/18. www.youtube.com/markokaar or http://bit.ly/MKVideos
I do get a ton of views, which is great, thank you. But I do also need 400 more subscribers by February 20 to meet the new requirements.
If you have ever found value in what I (or others) have posted, please take a moment to consider support...it costs nothing but a few seconds of your time.
If you choose "receive notifications", you will be updated on additions and changes to the channel, which is focused on safety , health and wellness, and education.
Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to motivate change:
Suicide is an ongoing problem, it's only getting worse, and the construction industry rate of suicide is FOUR TIMES the national average.
What's it going to take? Talk to your people. SPEAK WITH THEM. Please.
Need resources? preventconstructionsuicides.com and our compendium of links at stopthinkprevent.com/suicide.html
Or a new Tool Box Talk
If you have any more resources to share, please do! Comment, share, repost - whatever it takes.
One is Too Many. Each One is a Catastrophe.
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My friend Carolyn McCabe GUGLIELMO MS,RYT,GSP made an interesting comment the other day regarding the "essence of workplace safety"
I have been posting a lot lately about suicide, and addiction, and mental health.
These are things that so few of us speak of... until crisis strikes. Addiction is the only disease that usually doesn't get treated until it has done tremendous damage. Suicide is so often "a surprise". Mental health issues are referred to frequently in the same sentence as the word "stigma".
Or discrimination? Check your insurance for "physical care" versus "mental health care" and you'll see examples.
I like the use of the word "essence". Health and Safety isn't about regulatory compliance. It's about being human beings who care about each other, and actively participate in improving their workplaces and their lives. It's about communication - not just telling someone, but sharing. Not just talking, but expressing. Emoting. Education, not just training. Lives. That is a very comprehensive term. It includes so SO much.
Let's continue to work together to ensure that each is as full as it can be. No lost opportunities.
Because One IS Too Many.
That is truly the essence of it all.
Hurricane Irma is a devastating, catastrophic storm currently in the Atlantic near Puerto Rico. With winds of over 180 mph, it is one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes – EVER.
It is much too early to tell at this point exactly where it will end up, but current predictions show a bee line up through the Florida Keys, and likely up the entire Florida peninsula. If you have family, friends, or loved ones there, please counsel them to heed all warnings. 160-180 mph will DESTROY many buildings, even with newer Florida building codes. People who stay against mandatory evacuation orders will put not only themselves at risk, but also First Responders.
The prognosis for next week is uncertain – some models show the jet stream and a Bermuda high conspiring to steer the storm up the East coast. The likelihood of any impact on CT is unknown at this time. That being said, with the weekend coming, and the potential for effects to be felt mid-late next week, I think it’s important to start developing plans for battening down the hatches, securing sites, and communicating with Owners, employees and subcontractors.
Please keep a close eye on the weather these next few days, and keep this storm in the forefront of your mind. Stored materials, housekeeping, roof projects, temporary protection, abatement and clearances, air filtration, storm water management, temporary (and permanent) electric, material deliveries and loading/unloading may all become problematic next week. Please start thinking about this.
As a safety professional it’s my job to worry about potential risk – and this is one. As a survivor of Sandy (flooding in our home, and about $85k in damage), I am VERY sensitive to this. I will try not to be Chicken Little, but I will counsel you to err on the side of caution.
What is Stop. Think. Prevent. ?
An idea. An initiative. A collaboration.
A beginning – and, hopefully, an end. An end to pain, suffering, dismemberment, and death.
A simple mantra, an opening salvo, a closing statement. It is what you want it to be. You can use the words to start a presentation, or to summarize one. You can use the steps to create change in your workplace.
Stop. Think. Prevent. is designed to be a short message that can summarize our actions, to put into words our need to plan, to exemplify steps that can be taken to mitigate risk. It’s an open-ended statement, a way of life (and living) that anyone can adopt. Anyone.
The concept is to engage at EVERY level...from employee to employer to Owner. Will there be challenges along the way? Of course.
Perhaps it starts with STOP. (If you don't know, don't go)
And then it takes some time to get through THINK - training initiatives, empowerment, planning, discussion
And then PREVENT - Implementation of control
But at its simplest, STOP reduces the exposure. THINK motivates the action (I don't want to die, etc.). PREVENT encourages safe behaviour, which COULD be as simple as walking away...
Consultants. Trainers. Safety guys and girls. Managers. Estimators. Company Owners. Operators. Laborers. Carpenters. Ironworkers (I won’t list all the trades, but you get the idea – line level workers, where the rubber meets the road, and the ultimate decisions are made – on the ground, and in the air) It’s not a “construction thing”. It’s not a “manufacturing thing”. But it is a safety thing. A quality thing. A production thing.
Another way to look at it?
Stop – To take a look around us – to smell the roses
Think – About our blessings
Prevent – Harm to others and ourselves
Please participate. Share. Give. And take. Take away knowledge, commitment, and motivation. Spread the word.
There is no obligation, except to become a champion. There are many ways to “invest”. It starts with taking action, and can be cost-free if you so choose.
Who’s in so far? Scott. Stu. Chip. Kyle. Jamie. Mike. James. Cal. David. Jack. Melanie. Ray. Karina. Dan. Mike. Michelle. Keith. Jacquie. Gary. Gordy…and you? I started this whole thing...I hope that you will help us finish it!
Because One is Too Many.
For more information, you can visit:
And even signs (third party):
PPT slides you can add to any slide deck you may have -
We did it!
And thanks to so many of you, we were able to raise $10,000 as a team, and over $240,000 overall for the day!
Gary Mendell, the Founder of Shatterproof, is one of those genuine guys that you just have to meet. Motivated by tragedy (the loss of his son to addiction), he is making incredible strides in addressing the stigma around addiction. He (and his MANY volunteers) is raising awareness, and opening discussions. This is an event, and a cause, that has to be seen, and experienced! www.shatterproof.org
We were prevented from bringing our gear up to the roof to do the promised live feed, but I was able to put together this short video with highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW908JUawJM
Pictures and other video clips are available here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dZgFiYKcBKhyInIq1
We are in the process of putting together our GoPro footage (my camera died – but I did not!), and should have some of that up on YouTube (www.youtube.com/markokaar) in the next few days, if you’re interested…
1) Who is in for next year?
2) Donations can still be made (now that you know we did it) at www.bit.ly/mkshatterproof
3) Special shout out to Mr. Eacott who joined us for the festivities – you are the best Jim!
THANK YOU ALL!
Together – we are Shatterproof!
Thank you again for your generous support.
P.S. If you would like more information about the Shatterproof, how proceeds are used, or the other ways you can get involved, please visit www.shatterproof.org.
Hard to believe, right?
Tomorrow morning, our Team will Rappel 22 Stories at the Hartford Hilton.
It will be the single biggest Step I have ever taken.
I will have with me, on my heart and in my prayers: Therese, John, AJ, Tim, Stephanie, Jason, Dan, JT, Chuck, John, Sally, Dave, Dan, Dave, Barbara, Jesse, Stuart, Jerry, Guy, and Bill - their families, loved ones, and friends...
Please join us:
Try the Live Feed around 10:30AM - subscribe to the channel for auto notification when we start (and other helpful "stuff") www.youtube.com/markokaar
Thank you so much!
It's only two days away! You've probably already read the story - if not, please scan earlier blog posts!
My donation link is: www.bit.ly/mkshatterproof
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Thanks for your help!