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Category Archive for "Safe Practices"

Help Me, I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

As I celebrate my last shift as a paramedic, now 4 years ago. I recall responding to a significant number of emergency cases where people have fallen. Some lived, some did not; others lived with disabilities. Most, in retrospect, would have been preventable with a little common sense and pre-planning. In a recent meeting with...

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TR Tamper Resistant or Totally Ruined

The 2008 NEC (National Electrical Code) required electricians to install TR or Tamper Resistant outlets in areas that could be abused by children. As the code was adopted gradually from township to township, the little devices were put on the market and the rules started to be enforced. The code reads that if a child...

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What is a procedural pause?

Levco has not been bashful when it comes to lifting things that work from other industries to enhance the remolding experiences. This concept was adopted in 2004 by JCAHO the (Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). In my former EMS (Emergency Medical Services) occupation we applied it on all things that were high risk and/or...

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Missing Gas Meter Protection

Commercial gas meter protection has become an issue in the treasure valley. Many meters have been installed in the region without the proper protection. Building tenants are being flagged by the fire department on their annual business inspections for a critical safety violation. They are in turn, screaming to the building owners to fix the...

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Three to Go. One to Say No.

I just stole a process from a different profession to use in my remodeling company. I’ve used it myself for over 25 years, thousands of times. Every time I took off in the EMS helicopter, we call it our responsive takeoff checklist, I just didn’t see how it fit until I saw it being used...

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Ladder & Safety Issues Revisited

Anytime you are up over 6′ off the ground all sorts of hazards make themselves apparent. OSHA has some strict fall protection training for construction which are good guidelines for homeowners everywhere. Use safety procedures when you are over 6′ up. Ladder falls are responsible for an amazing number of emergency department admissions, they usually...

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Working in the Heat

We here in Boise are always dealing with some sort of climactic situation. The joke is … “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a half an hour and it will be totally different!” We range from the one teens down into the negative double digits. Often it takes some sort of clever means...

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Something is Rotten in Denmark

I am at odds with the remodeling industry’ lobbyists. The remodelers association NARI and the NAHB are supporting H.R.2093. After reading the document here is what I get out of it. It is attempting to have the EPA’s RRP rules relaxed to allow folks in certain situations to Opt-Out of using LSWP during renovation. (Opt-Out...

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What’s Your Ingrown Toenail?

In many ways in my life, there are patterns and puzzles that need figuring out. I have a fairly complicated and fast paced life that is multi- disciplinary. Time and time again, I manage to figure things out. During these moments,  quiet streams of information flow together and make a river of sense. Solving these...

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Major Problem Identified With Digline

I discovered a situation that brings the safety of digging, even after Digline is notified 2 days in advance into question. The assumption I was under is that once the utilities are located it is safe to dig. By Idaho Law, you are obligated to notify Digline if you are digging over 15 inches into...

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