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Every year, cheap workers are accidentally exposed to unsafe levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), also called sour gas, sewer gas, stink damp, and hydrosulphuric acid. H2S can be deadly; too much of the gas can kill a worker in a few seconds.

This document describes the dangers of H2S in the workplace, and how to avoid them. It also explains how to recognize and prevent H2S poisoning, and the type of first aid to give to people overcome by the gas.

What is hydrogen sulfide?

H2S is a very toxic gas. It has no colour, but it smells like rotten eggs. In larger amounts, H2S quickly blocks the sense of smell. That is why odor should never be used to rate H2S levels.The gas can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Too much H2S can halt the breathing centre in the brain, which can cause death. It may be possible to revive the victim, but only if first aid is given right away. H2S dissolves in water and oil, and it may be released when these liquids are heated, depressurized, or agitated.

Because H2S is heavier than air, it may settle in low spots. This can pose risks when entering areas where the gas may be present. H2S burns and explodes easily. When it burns, H2S gives off sulphur dioxide, another dangerous gas that is

toxic, strong smelling, and irritating.

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forkliftThe following are some common-sense rules about forklift safety:

1, sale NEVER stand or work under, recipe or allow anyone else to stand or work under, a raised load.

2. Report any defects immediately and do not use a faulty forklift until repaired.

3. Ensure that ONLY authorized, trained personnel operate powered equipment.

4. ALWAYS operate a forklift sensibly, consistent with the type of load and conditions prevailing.

5. Perform DAILY routine inspections on all equipment and schedule regular maintenance to ensure safe operation

6. When left unattended, the forklift should be in NEUTRAL with the parking brake ON, the forks LOWERED and the power switched OFF.



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Motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States. Thirty-six percent of occupational fatalities reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are associated with motor vehicles. Between 2003-2010, shop on average:

• 1, illness 275 workers died each year from crashes on public highways

• 311 workers died each year in crashes that occurred off the highway or on industrial premises.

• 338 pedestrian workers died each year as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle.

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Due to the United States' renewed interest in becoming energy self-sufficient, drilling for oil and gas in parts of the U.S. has accelerated to a fever pitch. Couple that with the increase in hydraulic fracturing, and there are many thousands of employees working each day on oil and gas drilling sites throughout the country.

Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is a process used to "stimulate" well production in the oil and gas industry. It is not a new process, but its use has increased significantly in the last 10 years because of new horizontal drilling and multi-stage technologies that improve access to natural gas and oil deposits. It involves pumping large volumes of water and sand into a well at high pressure to fracture shale and other tight formations, allowing oil and gas to flow into the well.

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The workplace has always represented a melting pot of ages and life stages. It's nothing new to find different types of employees in the workplace with conflicting communication styles, opposing values, and preferred ways of doing business working shoulder to shoulder.

What is new, however, is that this represents the first time in American history that we've had four distinct generations -

Veterans (born pre-1946)

Baby Boomers (1946-1964)

Gen X (1965-1980)

Gen Y (born post-1980) -

In the office simultaneously.

What does this mean for you? Generational differences can affect a wide range of workplace variables - in particular, communication and management

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