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Safety Flash Fall 2013 Outage Publication for Upgrading and Energy & Utilities


October 8, 2013 Night Shift | October 9, 2013 Day Shift

TODAY’S TOOLBOX Summarize today’s toolbox topics during toolbox talks. Reading line-by-line is not necessary. ALARM REMINDER: Every Wednesday the U2 alarms are tested at 12:05 p.m. VERIFY RESET ON PERSONAL GAS DETECTION MONITORS: Recently, it has been noticed that workers are failing to verify the monitor self-test on their personal gas detection monitors. Remember, when conducting the monitor test check, you will know if it has been completed successfully because a check mark will appear on the screen of the monitor. If you don’t see the check mark after you have completed the check, repeat the process until you do. If the monitor self-test fails 3 consecutive times, the LCD will display a blank screen and the detector deactivates and it must be replaced. BEWARE OF TRIPPING HAZARDS WHEN WALKING: Whether you are walking to your job site, going on break or even exiting or entering a bus, you must exercise caution. If you see a slip, trip or fall hazard in your area, you must eliminate or mitigate the hazard to prevent someone from getting injured. Remember, walking is working - stay focused and always be aware of your surroundings. DRIVE SAFE: There is a lot of congestion on site due to the increased number of workers, vehicles and equipment in the plant. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for pedestrians and moving equipment. Remember to conduct a 360° walk-around before driving and conduct regular vehicle inspections. Use a spotter to assist with parking in tight spots. And remember, if you don’t need to drive to an area—walk instead. LADDERS: When using a step or extension ladder, check ladder for damage prior to use, always face the ladder and have both hands free when climbing or descending. Ensure the ground supporting the ladder is stable so the ladder does not tip. Remember, straight or extension ladders must be held at the bottom by a helper until they are securely tied at the top and step ladders must be held at the bottom by a helper at all times when in use. Refer to Suncor Standard PGS0078A for more information. KEEP SCAFFOLDS CLEAN: Workers are responsible to ensure scaffolds are clean once their task is completed so it can be dismantled with little risk of excess materials falling from height. Supervision are required to conduct spotchecks to ensure workers properly clean-up their work area prior to leaving. When Supervision and craft work together, incidents resulting from materials falling from heights will be reduced. TO  How can you determine if you have completed your personal gas detection monitor calibration reset properly?

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Safety Flash October 8/9, 2013

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Safety Moment Submitted by: Colin Perry Senior Project Manager, Laird Electric WINTER DRIVING Precipitation during the winter deserves more respect than tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. Road icing is more likely to threaten your life than any other weather condition you'll ever face. All it takes is a small dusting of snow or a light drizzle of freezing rain to turn a bridge or overpass into a vehicle trap. Some of the worst accidents occur during minor snow or ice events rather than major snow or ice storms, when drivers and highway crews alike are caught off guard. Icy bridges are the most dangerous threat with their element of surprise they catch drivers off guard who are traveling at full speed because the rest of the roads are either clear or just a little wet. The consequences of driving onto ice at highway speeds can be catastrophic, as the loss of control and impacts happen much faster than in most other conditions. Slides are often unrecoverable and chain-reaction type accidents are common, as additional vehicles will often lose control in the exact same location.

During the 2013 Spring Turnaround, we had 15 slip, trip and fall injuries. Remember to give yourself additional time to get to your destination, wear proper footwear and always use threepoint contact when using ladders and two-point contact when using stairs.

Four-wheel drive SUVs, tractor-trailers, sports cars, traction control, antilock brakes, stability control, good tires - it doesn't matter the vehicle or its safety features, no car will have enough traction on ice to avoid a loss of control. It’s a good idea to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Having essential supplies can provide some comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded. Winter driving poses many challenges for drivers. Knowing the hazards and how to recognize them, managing your speed, and retaining control by managing the traction demands you impose on your tires will help avoid slides and skids so you remain in control. Now that fall is here and colder temperatures are among us, please let’s bring the focus of road conditions to the forefront and be cautious of the changing conditions on site and also on the highway traveling home.

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Issue 36 October 8-9 safety flash