SAFETY STAND-DOWN MOVEMENT
and employees can work together to conduct safety equipment inspections, develop rescue plans, or discuss job-specific hazards. Safety throughout a construction site is important and should never be taken for granted. One careless action can have catastrophic consequences. Whether it’s during Safety Stand-Down or not, don’t shy away from spreading safety awareness today.
Employers and employees must confer openly with one another to minimize risk. To encourage construction companies to keep those lines of communication wide open, OSHA is promoting an event called the National Safety Stand-Down, which will be held from May 7–11. Safety Stand-Down will spread awareness of safety, particularly regarding falls from heights. “Falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities within the construction industry,” OSHA states. “370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 ... [were] caused by falls.” Any individual or company that wants to prevent these and other hazards within the workplace is welcome to participate in Safety Stand-Down. It’s easy to organize, too. Take some time out of the day to gather workers and employers in order to discuss safety. Or try a more hands-on approach. Employers
Everyone knows the basics of construction safety, such as wearing a helmet and goggles or lifting heavy boxes using your legs rather than your back. Unfortunately, construction sites can be dangerous even if you observe all the rules and sit through all the training videos. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.” Safety should be the No. 1 priority when working in construction. The lives of on-site workers can be at serious risk otherwise. Having little to no chance of injury, whether minor or fatal, ought to be the ultimate goal of all construction companies.
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WHISKEY BACON BURGER
2 large Vidalia onions, peeled, cut in half, and thinly sliced
4 strips bacon
4 hamburger patties
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 thick slices American cheese
2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat
¼ cup whiskey
4 hamburger buns
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp salt
4. Grill burgers over medium-high heat until cooked to desired doneness. 5. Add two slices of cheese to each burger in the last minute of grilling. 6. Put hamburgers on buns, then top with a large spoonful of caramelized onions and bacon.
1. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove and cool. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon fat. 2. In a large skillet, combine olive oil and bacon fat, then add onions. Cook over low heat. Add salt and turn onions often for 30–40 minutes until caramelized. 3. Place whiskey and chopped garlic in a shallow dish and add hamburger patties. Marinate for 15 minutes, then flip and marinate another 15 minutes.
Recipe inspired by Mantitlement.com
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