We just want to inform you of a suggestion that came out of our small group break-out sessions from a previous volunteer quarterly safety meeting. One of the small groups was discussing that there are times when baker scaffolds remain at a job site for a long period of time due to reasons such as we are on a large project that takes a long time to complete. We were advised that some of the baker scaffold components can become difficult to manipulate due to dust and exposure to the job site elements. It was suggested by the small group that our drivers carry WD40 to hand to a field employee so they can lubricate baker scaffold components that may just need a little lubrication, such as baker scaffold wheels & brakes and the positive engagement locking pins. This was a terrific suggestion and we appreciate that this was brought up during the small group break-out session.
Our drives are now carrying WD40. So, if you are at a job site and you need WD40, just ask one of our drivers. In addition to WD40, our drivers carry personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety glasses, dust mask, gloves, face shields, 1st aid kits, high visibility vests and extension cords. If you need any of these items in small quantities, you can obtain it from our drivers. If you need these items in larger quantities, you need to order them through your Superintendent. Please do not rely on the drivers to provide you with items to stock your job site as far as PPE, etc. They carry these items in small quantities more for the emergency basis, etc.
This is one of the reasons we implemented the small group break-out sessions as it provides an avenue for our employees to share their safety ideas, thoughts and concerns. Great job on bringing this matter to our attention and also with providing a solution that benefits the company and our employees!
As we trained on at our February volunteer quarterly safety meeting, continue to inspect your scaffolds, equipment and tools daily before use. If you come across anything defective, you are required to remove it from service and report the defective equipment/tools to your Superintendent so we can coordinate getting it removed from the job site as quick as possible and back to the shop for inspection, repair and/or destruction.
If you have any questions about this, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham.
Have a Safe Day!