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Never turn down a job due to a shortage of manpower.
 
Summit Staffing, Inc. partners with quality, institutes in order to provide well qualified personnel to our clients. Bringing Business and Labor Together.

To all SUMMIT  hands;  unless you are certified to do so....you cannot do rigging or crane operations or any other  duty that requires certification if you do not hold that certification in good standing.  If you are certified...and you are requested to perform such a duty, then all cables, chains and other moving parts  etc must be inspected prior to performing the requested duty. If any wear, kinks  or other safety issues are noted they need to be labeled  "Do Not Use" and replaced.

If you find yourself in a difficult situation such as not feeling qualified to perform a requested duty, or you do not have proper certification, or you are not satisfied the equipment is functional or safe to use in some way. Tell your immediate supervisor.  Do not become confrontational, but contact Summit Staffing and explain the situation. Summit will handle the situation from there.

BE SAFE

Ensuring Safety

Summit Staffing is committed to the constant improvement of worksite safety.
Safety and environmental concerns occupy the highest priority with Summit's
management. Summit is committed to creating an environment that ensures
the safety of employees, customers, as well as the community.

Summit's strategy for creating and sustaining a safe work environment involves
communicating Summit's Safety Policies, training the work force in safe practices,
taking immediate remedial action when potentially unsafe actions or situations
are recognized, as well as holding all employees accountable for conducting
daily work in a safe manner.

Employees are responsible for following client and company risk, safety, and
environmental programs, rules, policies, and procedures. Employees must
participate in preventing unsafe conditions, acts, practices and injuries. Every
employee shall immediately report any failure to comply with the standards to
Summit management and client's management representative. As contractors
co- employed they are expected to meet the same standards in addition to their
own obligations. All personnel should regard themselves as members of a safety
and environmentally aware company.


Work Safely!

Jesse Barker

Owner/CEO

Employee Safety Orientation

 

POLICY PRINCIPLES

 

It is the policy of Summit Staffing that all employees perform work in the safest manner possible
consistent with good construction practice. Summit Staffing is committed to “eliminating injury from the work place”.
The observable root cause of injury is “At risk behavior.” There is one more cause that is not observable that is the
 base cause of “at risk behavior” and that is “at risk thinking.” All need to realize that “at risk thinking” can occur in the mind of any employee involved in work on any site including all in supervision and even extending to personnel located in the off-site offices of the employer. Further “at risk thinking” can occur to those who render service to the job

 site as suppliers and sub-contractors. But notice, it is not the “at risk thinking” that results in an injury but injuries typically occur when “at risk thinking” results in “at risk behavior.”  The secret to working injury free is to eliminate all “at risk behavior.” It is Summit Staffing’s goal to have every employee committed to eliminating “at risk behavior” and therefore eliminating injury in the workplace.

 The following principles shall govern our safety program:

1. Maximum protection for the worker.
2. Maximum protection and minimum inconvenience to the customer.
3. Education of the individual worker on accident prevention.

 The conditions and regulations of the Workplace Safety and Health Act shall be adhered to completely. This also
applies to other applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal statutes, and to Owner’s Safety Regulations.  In addition  to all safe work practices and procedures that are outlines in any Provincial Statutes, the following safe operating practices and procedures are Company Policy, and shall be strictly adhered to by ALL employees, regardless of the nature of their specific duties. These are to be explained to each new employee during orientation. They must be re-emphasized at meetings and in day-to-day contacts. They are minimum requirements, and are to be rigidly enforced


EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • · Report to work at the proper time. If absent or late, contact office or supervisor. 
  •  Report any near misses, incidents or  injuries to your employer/supervisor immediately.
  •  Report any observed unsafe condition or behavior to your employer/supervisor. 
  • Horseplay is prohibited at all times.
  •  Possession of an alcoholic beverage or drugs, or drinking alcohol or the use of
    drugs on company premises or jobsite, or reporting for work under the influence
    of alcohol or drugs, is strictly forbidden.
  •  If you do not have current First Aid Training, do not move or treat an injured person
    unless there is an immediate peril, such as profuse bleeding or stoppage of breathing.
  •  Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn on the job at all times.
  • Where there exists the hazard of falling objects, or as required by contractor, supervisor
    and/or worksite rules an approved hard hat must be worn.
  • You should not perform any task unless you are trained to do so and are aware of the
    hazards associated with that task. Never attempt to perform any job with which you are
    NOT familiar.
  • You may be assigned certain personal protective safety equipment. This equipment should be available for
  • use on the job, be maintained in good condition and worn when required.
  •  Learn safe work practices. When in doubt about performing a task safely, contact your supervisor for
  • instruction and training.
  • The riding of a hoist hook, or on other equipment not designed for such purposes, is
    prohibited at all times.
  • Never remove or by-pass safety devices.
  •  Do not approach operating machinery from the blind side; let the operator see you.
  •  Learn where fire extinguishers and first aid kits are located.
  • Maintain a general condition of good housekeeping in all work areas at all times.
  •  Obey all traffic regulations when operating vehicles on public highways.
  • When operating or riding in company vehicles or using your personal vehicle for business purposes, the
  •  vehicle's seatbelt shall be worn.
  • Be alert to hazards that could affect you and your co-employees.
  • Obey safety signs and tags.
  • Always perform your assigned task in a safe and proper manner; do not take shortcuts.
  • Negligence, laziness, poor housekeeping, or undesirable performance will not be
    accepted. The taking of shortcuts and the ignoring of established safety rules is “at risk behavior”.
  • Basic Plus Safety – employee is responsible for notifying Summit Staffing office 30 days prior to renewal
  • date, so that office staff may schedule refresher training.
    Each employee of Summit Staffing is responsible for a safe work environment.  

 

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

 

Personal protective equipment shall be worn without exception as required.

      Eye and Face Protection.

  • Safety glasses or face shields are worn anytime work operations can cause foreign objects getting into the eye such as during welding,

  • cutting, grinding, nailing (or when working with concrete and/or harmful chemicals or when exposed to flying particles).

  • Eye and face protectors are selected based on anticipated hazards.

  • Safety glasses or face shields are worn when exposed to any electrical hazards including work on energized electrical systems.
    Ear Protection
  • Ear protection against the effects of noise exposure shall be worn in designated areaswhen the sound level
    exceeds recommended safe level.

    Foot Protection

  • Workers should wear work shoes or boots with slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles.

  • Safety-toed footwear is worn to prevent crushed toes when working around heavy equipment or falling objects.

    Hand Protection

  • Gloves should fit snugly.

  • Workers wear the right gloves for the job (for example, heavy-duty rubber gloves for concrete work, welding gloves for welding, insulated
  • gloves and sleeves when exposed to electrical hazards).

    Head Protection

  • Workers shall wear hard hats where there is a potential for objects falling from above, bumps to their heads from fixed objects, or of

  • accidental head contact with electrical hazards.Hard hats are routinely inspected for dents, cracks or deterioration.

  • Hard hats are replaced after a heavy blow or electrical shock. Hard hats are maintained in good condition.

    Other protective wear

  • When working around machinery, there is always the danger of clothing beingcaught in moving parts. To avoid such injuries, it is

  • recommended not to wear loose fitting clothing or jewelry.

  • A potential for flash fire exists once active gas or hydrocarbon zones are reached. Appropriate FRC shall be
    worn by exposed employees working on  site..
      
     
    Tools

    Five basic safety rules can help prevent hazards associated with the use of hand and power tools:
  • Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance.

  • Use the right tool for the job.

  • Examine each tool for damage before use and do not use damaged tools.

  • Operate tools according to the manufacturers' instructions.

  • Provide and use properly the right personal protective equipment.

    Hand tools are tools that are powered manually. Hand tools include anything from axes to wrenches. The

  • greatest hazards posed by hand tools result from misuse and improper maintenance.

    Some examples include the following:

  • If a chisel is used as a screwdriver, the tip of the chisel may break and fly off, hitting the user or other employees.

  • If a wooden handle on a tool, such as a hammer or an axe, is loose, splintered, or cracked, the head of the tool

  •  may fly off and strike the user or other employees.

  • If the jaws of a wrench are sprung, the wrench might slip.

  • If impact tools such as chisels, wedges, or drift pins have mushroomed heads, the heads might shatter on impact,
  • sending sharp fragments flying toward the user or other employees.
    Employees, when using saw blades, knives, or other tools, should direct the tools away from aisle areas and away
  • from other employees working in close proximity. Knives and scissors must be sharp; dull tools can cause more
  • hazards than sharp ones. Cracked saw blades must be removed from service.

    Wrenches must not be used when jaws are sprung to the point that slippage occurs. Impact tools such as drift
  • pins, wedges, and chisels must be kept free of mushroomed heads. The wooden handles of tools must not be
  • splintered.

    Iron or steel hand tools may produce sparks that can be an ignition source around flammable substances. Where
  • this hazard exists, spark-resistant tools made of non-ferrous materials should be used where flammable gases,
  • highly volatile liquids, and other explosive substances are stored or used.

 

What Are the Dangers of Power Tools?

Appropriate personal protective equipment such as safety goggles and gloves must be worn to protect against hazards

that may be encountered while using hand tools.

Workplace floors shall be kept as clean and dry as possible to prevent accidental slips with or around dangerous hand

tools.

Power tools must be fitted with guards and safety switches; they are extremely hazardous when used improperly. The

types of power tools are determined by their power source: electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, hydraulic, and powder-actuated.

To prevent hazards associated with the use of power tools, workers should observe the following general precautions:

  • Never carry a tool by the cord or hose.
  • Never yank the cord or the hose to disconnect it from the receptacle.
  • Keep cords and hoses away from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
  • Disconnect tools when not using them, before servicing and cleaning them, and when changing accessories
    such as blades, bits, and cutters.
  • Keep all people not involved with the work at a safe distance from the work area.
  • Secure work with clamps or a vise, freeing both hands to operate the tool.
  • Avoid accidental starting. Do not hold fingers on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool.
  • Maintain tools with care; keep them sharp and clean for best performance.
  • Follow instructions in the user's manual for lubricating and changing accessories.
  • Be sure to keep good footing and maintain good balance when operating power tools.
  • Wear proper apparel for the task. Loose clothing, ties, or jewelry can become caught in moving parts.
  • Remove all damaged portable electric tools from use and tag them: "Do Not Use."

Guards

The exposed moving parts of power tools need to be safeguarded. Belts, gears, shafts, pulleys, sprockets, spindles,

drums, flywheels, chains, or other reciprocating, rotating, or moving parts of equipment must be guarded.

Machine guards, as appropriate, must be provided to protect the operator and others from the following:

  • Point of operation.
  • In-running nip points.
  • Rotating parts.
  • Flying chips and sparks.

Safety guards must never be removed when a tool is being used. Portable circular saws having a blade greater than

2 inches (5.08 centimeters) in diameter must be equipped at all times with guards. An upper guard must cover the

entire blade of the saw. A retractable lower guard must cover the teeth of the saw, except where it makes contact with

the work material. The lower guard must automatically return to the covering position when the tool is withdrawn from

 the work material.


Slips, Trips and Falls

There are many ways to protect from slips, trips, and falls. Even so, they still happen, and the following are means to

either prevent slips, trips, and falls or to minimize the consequences if
they should happen.
 

  • Conduct a pre-job inspection to identify, then eliminate or correct hazardous work surfaces.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (such as hard hats, work gloves, safety shoes, and eye protection).
  • Be aware of the slipping and falling hazards when working on the drilling floor, servicing rig floors or other platforms.
  • Keep all work areas clean and clear of oil, tools, and debris.
  • Use non-skid surfaces where appropriate.
  • Provide guardrails and guards around work areas that are prone to slips, trips, and falls.
  • Install, inspect, and secure stairs and handrails.
  • Instruct workers on proper procedures for using and installing ladders.
  • Use only ladders in good repair that do not have missing rungs.
  • Do not install stairs with missing or damaged steps. Repair them before installing them.
  • Keep walkways clean and free of debris and tripping hazards.
  • Keep all cords and hoses orderly and clear of walking spaces.
  • Cover open cellars.
  • Keep all places of employment clean and in an orderly condition.
  • Keep aisles and passageways clear and in good repair, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could
    create a hazard Provide floor plugs for equipment so power cords need not run across pathways.
  • Use waterproof footgear to decrease slip/fall hazards.
  • Cover or guard floor holes as soon as they are created during new construction. For existing structures, survey
    the site before working and continually audit as work continues. Guard or cover any openings or holes immediately.

    Struck-By

     

     

    Struck-by objects is another leading cause of construction-related deaths. Safety and health programs
    must take into account the many ways struck-by accidents can occur. The following related hazards
    cause the most struck-by injuries:

      You are at risk from falling objects when you are beneath cranes, scaffolds, etc., or where overhead work is
  • being performed. There is a danger from flying objects when power tools, or activities like pushing, pulling,
  •  or prying, may cause objects to become airborne. Injuries can range from minor abrasions to concussions, blindness, or death.
  • Wear hardhats.
  • Stack materials to prevent sliding, falling, or collapse.
  • Use protective measures such as toeboards and debris nets
  • Avoid working underneath loads being moved.
  • Barricade hazard areas and post warning signs.
  • Inspect cranes and hoists to see that all components, such as wire rope, lifting hooks,
    chains, etc., are in good condition.
  • Do not exceed lifting capacity of cranes and hoists.

    Working with scaffolds

 

Working with heavy equipment and building materials on the limited space of a scaffold is difficult. Without

fall protection or safe access, it becomes hazardous. Falls from such improperly constructed scaffolds can
result in injuries ranging from sprains to death.


How Do I Avoid Hazards?

  • Construct all scaffolds according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Install guardrail systems along all open sides and ends of platforms.
  • Use at least one of the following for scaffolds more than 10 feet above a lower level: 
     Guard Rail System  or   Personal Fall Arrest System
  • Provide safe access to scaffold platforms .

  • Do not climb cross-bracing as a means of access.Scaffolds should be set on sound
    footing.
  • Damaged parts that affect the strength of the scaffold are taken out of service.
  • Scaffolds are not altered.
  • All scaffolds should be fully planked.
  • Scaffolds are not moved horizontally while workers are on them unless they are designed to be mobile and workers
    have been trained in the proper procedures.
  • Employees are not permitted to work on scaffolds when covered with snow, ice, or other slippery materials.
  • Scaffolds are not erected or moved within 10 feet of power lines.
  • Employees are not permitted to work on scaffolds in bad weather or high winds unless a competent person has
    determined that it is safe to do so.
  • Ladders, boxes, barrels, buckets or other makeshift platforms are not used to raise work height.
  • Extra material is not allowed to build up on scaffold platforms.
  • Scaffolds should not be loaded with more weight than they were designed to support.

Crane Safety
  • Cranes and derricks are restricted from operating within 10 feet of any electrical power line.
  • The upper rotating structure supporting the boom and materials being handled is provided with an electrical
    ground while working near energized transmitter towers.
  • Rated load capacities, operating speed and instructions are posted and visible to the operator.
  • Cranes are equipped with a load chart.
  • The operator understands and uses the load chart.
  • The operator can determine the angle and length of the crane boom at all times.
  • Crane machinery and other rigging equipment is inspected daily prior to use to make sure that it is in good
    condition.
  • Accessible areas within the crane's swing radius are barricaded.
  • Tag lines are used to prevent dangerous swing or spin of materials when raised or lowered by a crane or derrick.
  • Illustrations of hand signals to crane and derrick operators are posted on the job site.
  • The signal person uses correct signals for the crane operator to follow.
  • Crane outriggers are extended when required.
  • Crane platforms and walkways have antiskid surfaces.
  • Broken, worn or damaged wire rope is removed from service.
  • Guardrails, hand holds and steps are provided for safe and easy access to and from all
    areas of the crane.
  • Load testing reports/certifications are available.
  • Tower crane mast bolts are properly torqued to the manufacturer's specifications.
  • Overload limits are tested and correctly set.
  • The maximum acceptable load and the last test results are posted on the crane.
  • Initial and annual inspections of all hoisting and rigging equipment are performed
    and reports are maintained.

Only properly trained and qualified operators are allowed to work with hoisting and rigging equipment.

Forklifts
  • Forklift truck operators are competent to operate these vehicles safely as demonstrated by their successful
    completion of training and evaluation.
  • No employee under 18 years old is allowed to operate a forklift.
  • Forklifts are inspected daily for proper condition of brakes, horns, steering, forks and tires.
  • Powered industrial trucks (forklifts) meet the design and construction requirements established in American
    National Standards Institute (ANSI) for Powered Industrial Trucks, Part II ANSI B56.1-1969.
  • Written approval from the truck manufacturer is obtained for any modification or additions which affect capacity
    and safe operation of the vehicle.
  • Capacity, operation and maintenance instruction plates, tags or decals are changed to indicate any modifications
    or additions to the vehicle.
  • Battery charging is conducted in areas specifically designated for that purpose.
  • Material handling equipment is provided for handling batteries, including conveyors, overhead hoists or
    equivalent devices.
  • Reinstalled batteries are properly positioned and secured in the truck.
  • Smoking is prohibited in battery charging areas.
  • Precautions are taken to prevent open flames, sparks or electric arcs in battery charging areas.
  • Refresher training is provided and an evaluation is conducted whenever a forklift operator has been observed
    operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner and when an operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck.
  • Load and forks are fully lowered, controls neutralized, power shut off and brakes set when a powered industrial
    truck is left unattended.
  • There is sufficient headroom for the forklift and operator under overhead installations, lights, pipes, sprinkler
    systems, etc.
  • Overhead guards are in place to protect the operator against falling objects.
  • Trucks are operated at a safe speed.
  • All loads are kept stable, safely arranged and fit within the rated capacity of the truck.
  • Unsafe and defective trucks are removed from service.

 

Heat Safety
Workers performing hot work such as welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, and grinding are exposed to the risk of fires
from ignition of flammable or combustible materials in the space, and from leaks of flammable gas into the space, from
hot work equipment.

Potential Hazar
d:
  • Getting burned by fires or explosions during hot work.
Possible Solutions:

The basic precautions for fire prevention are:
  • Perform hot work in a safe location, or with fire hazards removed or covered
  • Use guards to confine the heat, sparks, and slag, and to protect the immovable fire hazards.
Special Precautions:
  • Do not perform hot work where flammable vapors or combustible materials exist. Work and equipment should be
    relocated outside of the hazardous areas, when possible.
  • Make suitable fire-extinguishing equipment immediately available. Such equipment may consist of pails of
    water, buckets of sand, hose, or portable extinguishers
     
  • Assign additional personnel (fire watch) to guard against fire while hot work is being performed. Fire watchers
    are required whenever welding or cutting is performed in locations where anything greater than a minor fire
    might develop.

    Fire watchers shall:
  • Have fire-extinguishing equipment readily available and be trained in its use.
  • Be familiar with facilities for sounding an alarm in the event of a fire.
  • Watch for fires in all exposed areas, try to extinguish them only when obviously within the capacity of the
    equipment available, or otherwise sound the alarm.
  • Maintain the fire watch at least a half hour after completion of welding or cutting operations to detect and
    extinguish possible smoldering fires.

Potential Hazard:
  • Getting burned by a flash fire or explosion that results from an accumulation of flammable gases, such as
    Methane or Hydrogen Sulfide, around the wellhead area.
Possible Solutions:
  • Monitor the atmosphere with a gas detector. If a flammable or combustible gas exceeds 10 percent of the
    lower explosive level (LEL), the work must be stopped.
  • Identify the source of the gas and repair the leakage.

 

Respiratory and Fit Testing

The primary means to control occupational diseases caused by breathing contaminated air is through the use of
feasible engineering controls, such as enclosures, confinement of operations, ventilation, or substitution of less
toxic materials
When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, appropriate respirators shall
be used pursuant to this standard.
Respirators and Fit Testing may be needed on specific job sites and as such will be provided by employer or client
that will be applicable and suitable for the purpose intended. 
Before an employee uses any respirator with a negative
or positive pressure tight-fitting facepiece
, the employee must be fit tested with the same make, model, style, and
size of respirator that will be used.

The OSHA respirator standard applies to all occupational airborne exposures to contaminated air where the employee is:
  • Exposed to a hazardous level of an airborne contaminant; or
  • Required by the employer to wear respirators; or 
  • Permitted to wear respirators.
 Respirators shall be selected on the basis of hazards to which the worker is exposed (i.e., particulates, vapors,
oxygen-deficiency, or combination).
All respirators should be inspected prior to use by employee, even if they have been inspected by others, the user
should also take responsibility for his/her own safety.
All respirator inspections must include:
  • A check of respirator function, i.e., visual inspection to identify any parts that may be
missing, distorted, blocked, loose, deteriorated, or otherwise interfere with proper
performance.
  • A check of elastomeric (rubber) parts for pliability and deterioration.
Each employee has the responsibility to wear his or her respirator when and where required and
in the manner in which they were trained. Employees must also:
  • Inform their supervisor if the respirator no longer fits well, and request a new one that fits
properly.
  • Inform their supervisor or the Program Administrator of any respiratory hazards that they
    feel are not adequately addressed in the workplace and of any other concerns that they
    have regarding the program.

 

Confined Space

PERMIT ENTRY CONFINED SPACE
 A. Definition:
1. Permit entry confined space means an enclosed space which:
a. Is large enough and laid out in such a way that a worker could enter and perform work; and
 b. Has limited means of entry and exit such as a storage bin, hopper, vault, pit, or diked area;   c. Is not designed
for continuous occupancy by the worker, and                                             
d. Has one or more of the following characteristics:
1) Contains or may contain a hazardous atmosphere;
2) Contains the potential for engulfment by loose particles;
3) Has an internal layout such that someone entering could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging
walls or a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section; or
4) Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.
NOTE: Even the act of placing your face through the opening of a permit entry confined space is considered an "entry".
All confined spaces should be TESTED by a qualified person before entry to determine whether the confined space
atmosphere is safe for entry. Tests should be made for oxygen level, 
flammability, and known or suspected toxic substances. EVALUATION of the confined space should consider the following:
  • methods for isolating the space by mechanical or electrical means (i.e., double block and bleed, lockout, etc.),
  • the institution of lockout-tagout procedures,
  • ventilation of the space,
  • cleaning and/or purging,
  • work procedures, including use of safety lines attached to the person working in the confined space and its use by
    a standby person if trouble develops,
  • personal protective equipment required (clothing, respirator, boots, etc.),
  • special tools required, and
  • communications system to be used.
The confined space should be continuously MONITORED to determine whether the sphere has changed due to the
work being performed.

Always use Buddy System.

Logout/Tag Out

  • Whenever contractors and other outside servicing personnel perform tasks covered by the Lockout/Tagout standard,
    they must adhere to all the standards.
  • The contractor or outside employer and the on-site employer must inform each other of their respective lockout or
    tagout procedures
  • The on-site employer and outside contractors must ensure that employees understand and comply with the
    restrictions and prohibitions of the program.
Proper safety training for site and job scope:

  • Basic Plus Safety
  • Site specific training
  • Confined space certification as needed
  • Rigging or Heavy equipment certification as needed
  • Climb training as needed
  • Respiratory and Fit as needed

Site Specific Training
  • All employees will attend safety meetings and trainings at the local site where they are
    assigned to work.
  • Some work sites will require specific site specific training prior to entry; employee will
    attend these training sessions.