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First Aid Training a Must for Construction Sites

There are a multitude of things that can go wrong on a construction site as there are so many inherent dangers in the construction industry. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries, with falls, trips and slips, and crushing accidents causing numerous injuries and deaths every year. This makes it important for employees to have first aid training while on a construction site for many reasons. At Tucker Paving, our employees are required to go through a number of safety trainings and competencies, including First Aid and CPR training.

The Benefits of First Aid Training
First aid training is important for many reasons. Construction sites include heavy machinery, power tools, the danger of falling from heights, the risk of electrical shock, heat-related dangers, the danger of falling objects, trenching dangers, enclosed space dangers, and many more. Having employees trained in first aid, including CPR, means that certified individuals can:

  • Treat minor cuts, abrasions, and burns.
  • Stabilize individuals, including those with broken bones or those in shock, until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Recognize the symptoms of common work-related medical emergencies like heat stroke, carbon monoxide poisoning, concussions, and more.
  • Administer CPR, including using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), in the event of a heart attack, electrical shock, or other heart emergency.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of other health emergencies, like heart attack, stroke, low blood sugar, and more, and take appropriate action until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Perform the Heimlich maneuver in the event someone is choking.

There are many certifications that involve attempting to avoid injuries due to the many safety hazards on a construction site, and it is true that every injury is avoidable. However, until every safety hazard is completely foreseen and eliminated, having employees trained in First Aid and CPR is necessary to help treat those illnesses and injuries that do occur. 

We’ve been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years, and safety is our #1 priority! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for any assistance with your next asphalt, concrete paving, or site construction project!

 

Patch a Pothole? Yes, You Can!

Potholes in any asphalt pavement are a danger and an eyesore, and they are usually a symptom of a larger problem. The number one thing to know about potholes is that they should be dealt with as soon as possible. A pothole will not mend itself or go away. Helped by the elements and traffic, a pothole will always get bigger and deeper as time goes on, and the repairs will always be more extensive and more costly the longer you wait. Never ignore a pothole!

The best option is to have a professional paving company like Tucker Paving to inspect your asphalt pavement and assess the potholes and other damage for the best, longest-lasting repair options. However, there is another option if a paving company cannot come out in a timely manner or the repairs cannot be done immediately.

Cold Patch Asphalt
Another option for dealing with potholes, at least temporarily, is a cold asphalt patch or filler. This option does not require the high temperatures or expensive equipment of hot asphalt. Benefits of using a cold asphalt filler include getting the pothole repaired temporarily so it does not get worse, the job is simple and straight-forward enough that most DIYers are able to comfortably complete it, and the cost of a full repair job can be deferred to a later date.

Generally, you’ll want to square a pothole before patching it, which means chiseling away any cracking or crumbling asphalt until you have a square to fill in rather than a circle. This can be done with an asphalt saw or a hammer and chisel.

Next, remove any debris or plant matter. Add a mixture of course gravel and sand, or even broken asphalt pieces, into the square hole until it is an inch away from the top of the existing asphalt pavement, tamping it down as you go.

Then, add in the cold asphalt filler, tamping down each layer, until it is slightly overfilling the hole. It is best to then tamp it down with a vibrating plate, though a metal tamper or lawn roller will work as well. Lastly, after the appropriate curing time, add a layer of seal coat over the repaired patch of asphalt.

Most cold-filled asphalt potholes are temporary fixes and should be looked at by a professional asphalt paver like Tucker Paving as soon as possible.

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When a Construction Zone Is a Danger Zone

With their reduced speeds and greater congestion, construction zones can be a headache for motorists. Unfortunately, they pose an even bigger risk of injury and even death for the workers behind the yellow cones.

According to data from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, in 2019 there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones in the U.S. with 135 worker fatalities. Motorists shouldn’t just be concerned with worker fatalities alone; those crashes involved 133 pedestrian fatalities and 842 motorist fatalities. Additionally, crashes involving injuries or vehicle damage for 2019 alone reached 115,000 work zone collisions. Ensuring a safe driving experience while traveling through a construction zone is in everyone’s best interest.

Tips for Safe Driving Through a Construction Zone
Safety for both construction zone workers and motorists traveling through a work zone is the first priority. When traveling through a construction zone, make sure to:

  • Slow Down. The speed limit in construction zones when workers aren’t present is typically 55 mph, and it can be much lower if workers are present. Traveling at a slower speed is necessary to be able to read the orange work zone signage, adjust to changing lane patterns, merge for closed lanes, and more. Slowing down gives drivers more time to react and drive in a safe manner.
  • Follow Signage. Orange signs, cones, barrels, barricades, arrows, and more direct motorists to lane closures and new traffic patterns, and they must be followed for both the safety of motorists and those working behind the barricades.
  • Follow the Directions of Flaggers. When traffic needs to be stopped or redirected, a flagger is often used to control traffic. Their directions should be followed without question.
  • Pay Attention. A construction zone includes heavy machinery, construction vehicles, loud noise, and hot or dangerous materials. Drivers need to be aware to be able to react quickly to anything that may go amiss.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years, and safety has always been our leading priority! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project!

Be Smart About Generator Safety

Power hand tools are a familiar feature on many jobsites for Tucker Paving as well as lots of other construction companies. Some are battery-powered while others rely on electricity, which means there has to be an electrical source on hand. Portable generators are a routine solution, providing power wherever it is needed. These handy pieces of equipment can pose some serious risks if not operated properly though.

Generator Safety Tips
At Tucker Paving, safety is a top priority on all jobs. When you work with a portable generator, make sure that you take a look at the manual included with the machine before even using it. Familiarize yourself with the main components of the generator and all its warning and hazard symbols. Then do a quick visual inspection of the generator to check for possible safety hazards, like loose or frayed wires or other signs of damage.

Next, think about where that generator needs to go. While it needs to be situated where it can be utilized by whoever needs power, it must be in an area outdoors away from people. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause serious physical symptoms – even death – very quickly.

Generators should never be used in any enclosed or partially enclosed space. There needs to be at least three feet between a generator and any occupied building. If anyone working near a generator begins to experience dizziness, nausea, headache, fatigue, or disorientation, get the person to fresh air immediately

Another potential risk posed by portable generators is the possibility of electrical shock. Make sure the equipment is properly grounded by wrapping grounding wire around the grounding lug included with the generator and just bury it in the ground. This will send electricity into the ground instead of the person operating the generator in the event of a malfunction.

Tucker Paving Is Safe and Reliable
When you work with Tucker Paving, you can rest assured that we have taken every precaution necessary on each and every job. The safety of our workers, clients, and the public are of the utmost importance to us.