General Safety Services Goes Back to School

September means the end of summer and it’s also back to school time! Kids aren’t the only ones who go back to school. Our employees also continue their education and training classes. Meet Danny Touchette, our Head Chair Supervisor, and find out about his experience at a recent 16-hour safety course.

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Bottle Jacks to the Rescue

How many engineers does it take to replace a light bulb? Before you attempt to answer
that ancient philosophical question, there is another question we want you to ponder:
How many building and construction experts does it take to place a series of 20-ton
bottle jacks under a sinking Roof Top Unit?

That’s exactly what we were confronted with on … Continue reading →

A Good Solution to a Unique Challenge

As time goes by, we all eventually become more secure and accustomed to our routines at our jobs – whether it’s pressure washing a building, re-pointing a chimney, or washing windows. As professionals, we know how to prepare and approach each task that presents itself during the workweek. But what happens when we’re confronted with a situation that’s outside the Continue reading →

Another Preventable Death Occurs From Lack of Safety Equipment

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

Yet, in spite of readily … Continue reading →

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Safety First: Why Don’t You Have Fall Protection?

Last Tuesday, a local construction worker fell to his death in a tragic accident; his fall yet another unfortunate statistic enforcing the need for proper safety equipment. Despite regulations, the contracted HVAC worker was alone on the roof of the Millbury Cinema complex when he fell approximately 30-35 feet from the unsecured structure. The victim was unresponsive to first responders … Continue reading →

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Women in Construction

Construction is a man’s world. This generalized and gender-biased opinion regarding gender in careers requiring manual labor is this: women can’t, shouldn’t, and aren’t welcome. Or–perhaps even more discriminatory–women who do work physical jobs are less “feminine” than those who do not.

General Safety Services challenges the status-quo with its President and CEO, Nardine Bellew. Nardine has extensive education, training, … Continue reading →

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New OSHA Ruling & What That Means for You

OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment Ruling

OSHA issued a new final rule this past November that updates and revises the outdated general industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) standards on slip, trip, and fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and lost-workday injuries (29 CFR part 1910, subparts D and I). … Continue reading →

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Skylight Regulations Require Fall Protection Equipment

Many homeowners enjoy the additional sunshine that a skylight can bring. However, installing a skylight can be quite dangerous for construction personnel. In fact, occupational fatalities caused by falls remain a serious public health problem throughout the United States. Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries indicate that falls are one of the … Continue reading →

Donate to Toys for Tots!

Each year since 1947, U.S. Marines throughout the United States conduct local Toys for Tots campaigns from October through December. The program started in 1947, by Major Bill Hendricks and his wife, Diane. On Christmas Day, Major Hendricks and a handful of Marine Corps Reservists collected 5,000 toys that they distributed to needy children, fulfilling their Christmas wishes. In so … Continue reading →

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Snow Removal Safety with Roof Railing Rentals

Most people with a height phobia actually fear the possibility of falling rather than height itself–and with good reason. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, “Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide [with] 37.3 million falls severe enough to require medical attention” (September 2016). Just last winter, several Boston-area businesses faced … Continue reading →