The Engineer Says: “Excavation is Safe.” Is it?

Is an Excavation Safe Because a Soil Engineer Says It Is? Would you work at the toe of a nine-foot vertical wall of dirt with no protective system? Hopefully your answer is 'no.' But what if you received a letter from a soils engineer who had evaluated the composition of the dirt and declared it safe? What if the engineer (his stamp on the letter) asserted that, "The near vertical cut consists of very dense glacial till which can remain stable … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 8, 2014
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Scissors Lift Fall Protection Questions

Does working on a scissors lift require fall protection? Recently a vigorous online discussion erupted over this question when it was asked on an online message board. When I last checked over 140 people had expressed a wide variety of fact and opinion. The question itself was simple to answer: "No, OSHA doesn't require an employee to use fall protection when using a scissors lift (i.e., work platform that cannot be positioned completely … [Read more...]

Jim Johnson July 9, 2014
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