Excavation Safety

A Refresher Guide to Staying Safe on the Job Access March 2023 Newsletter and please be sure to submit your near misses! For many reading this article you might think this is just another safety topic.  Been there,… read that.  Which may be true. However this is a refresher for your memory as to what is required on excavations during work.  Often we get in a hurry, and skip some aspects of the excavation process.  Below we have attached a quick checklist for you to download and use on your projects.  A couple of quick videos to watch to help bring home some subtle safety points we...

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Working Alone

Working Alone Safety Considerations for Land Surveyors Who Work Alone Access February 2023 Newsletter and please be sure to submit your near misses! Every morning, we get up and go about our day assuming we’ll come home safely tonight.  Thankfully, that is almost always true.  For land surveyors, there are 3 special safety concerns that you should pay close attention to when you work alone.  Working alone adds extra risk in the equation.  Like all risk management scenarios, how do we mitigate the risk so we can get the required tasks done.Each company typically has a working alone...

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Winter Working Hazards

Access Encompass January 2022 Newsletter and please be sure to submit your near misses!   It takes imagination, not just experience, to grasp the hidden hazards of a northern winter, as Jack London revealed in his unforgettable short story, "To Build a Fire." London's tale of how the arctic elements slowly unravel a man’s unimaginable fatality drives home a truth safety managers should already know: Failure to anticipate the cold's unseen perils can be deadly. Relatively few American workers die or miss works as a direct result of exposure to environmental cold. From 1992 to 1997, there...

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Near Miss, Observations and Good Catch

Access Encompass December 2022 Newsletter and please be sure to submit your near misses! Events are happening every day at facilities throughout the US that employers are not aware of. These events are close calls where something occurs and almost causes an accident, injury, property damage, or could have caused fatality. Another term for the close call is a “near miss.” Often the participants or “victims” of the event keep it to themselves or try to hide it for fear of getting in trouble. They may be shaken by the event or not even recognize it as something to act on. One common safety...

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Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer

Access Encompass October 2022 Newsletter and please be sure to submit your near misses!   Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, highly poisonous, odorless, tasteless, flammable gas that is slightly less dense than air. Carbon monoxide consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom connected by a triple bond. It is the simplest molecule of the oxocarbon family.    Formula: CO    IUPAC ID: Carbon monoxide    Molar mass: 28.01 g/mol    Density: 1.14 kg/m³    Boiling point: -312.7°F (-191.5°C)    Melting point: -337°F (-205°C)    Soluble in: Water, Ethanol, Acetic acid, Benzene, Chloroform,...

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Severe Weather Preparedness

Access Encompass September 2022 Newsletter and please be sure to submit your near misses! Do you have a plan? Tornadoes A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states. What is...

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