Welcome to the TFS construction safety blog…

Mold Danger

Posted on September 7, 2015 
by TFS

Molds are microscopic organisms found everywhere in the environment, indoors and outdoors. Read Blog

IIF Safety Culture Revisited

Posted on August 24, 2015 
by TFS

The Incident & Injury Free® safety culture is based on a mentality; and it takes buy-in and effort from every single employee to make it a success. Read Blog

Eye Protection

Posted on August 17, 2015 
by TFS

You cannot be too careful when protecting your eyes from foreign objects. Read Blog

Safety is No Joking Matter

Posted on August 10, 2015 
by TFS

Practical jokes invite danger. Read Blog

Lifting, Pushing & Pulling

Posted on August 2, 2015 
by TFS

Proper lifting techniques are important for employee safetys. Read Blog

Plan and Permits

Posted on July 27, 2015 
by TFS

To help keep our workforce safe, we have certain preplanning resources such Permits. Read Blog

It’s hot out there!

Posted on July 6, 2015 
by TFS

Many workers on construction projects spend some part of their working day in a hot environment. Read Blog

Incident & Injury Free® Fourth of July

Posted on June 29, 2015 
by TFS

With the July 4th holiday approaching comes a short workweek. Statistics show that there is an increase in the number of injuries the week before Holiday weekends and the week following. Read Blog

Safety Culture: Safety is a State of Mind

Posted on June 22, 2015 
by TFS

We are continually working around hazardous conditions. At TFS, we have constant attention on identifying, communicating and mitigating hazards. Read Blog

Safely Lead By Example

Posted on June 15, 2015 
by TFS

It is essential that those leading your organization always lead by example; no one should ever take any type of shortcut that may increase the risk of an injury, especially those in a leadership position. Read Blog

Clear Work Instructions

Posted on June 8, 2015 
by TFS

Many times the actual scope of work being done is repetitive in nature, with the same type of task often performed on a daily basis. Read Blog

Falling Objects

Posted on June 1, 2015 
by TFS

Falling objects are a common cause of injury in construction. Read Blog

Safety Communication is Key

Posted on May 26, 2015 
by TFS

At TFS, there are two main ways we communicate safety information to our employees: daily safety notes and a mass meeting weekly toolbox talks. Read Blog

Supporting an IIF Culture

Posted on May 18, 2015 
by TFS

Over the past few years, TFS has made a significant paradigm shift, from accepting injuries as a part of our business to believing and executing work Incident and Injury Free® (IIF). Read Blog

We Can’t Lose Focus on IIF

Posted on May 11, 2015 
by TFS

Within our company, we place a lot of attention on doing the small things right (wearing your safety glasses, gloves, etc.), which can be perceived as overshadowing the life-altering possibilities in our working environment. Read Blog

Safety Week 2015

Posted on May 4, 2015 
by TFS

It’s Safety Week 2015, a weeklong safety awareness campaign designed to inspire us all to be leaders in safety. Read Blog

When push comes to shove, safety loses

Posted on April 27, 2015 
by TFS

As part of your Safety Culture training you may have heard the above phrase mentioned as a negative statement regarding a worker’s thinking about safety. Read Blog

IIF Safety Behavior

Posted on April 20, 2015 
by TFS

Safety is a value and must be supported through action. Read Blog

Electrical Safety: Lockout/Tagout

Posted on April 13, 2015 
by TFS

While safety is a critical requirement in any jobsite or workplace, it is even more so when it comes to electrical construction. Read Blog

Preparing for the Unexpected

Posted on March 30, 2015 
by TFS

How do you provide safety planning for events that are likely not to happen? Read Blog

Safety is all about the planning

Posted on March 16, 2015 
by TFS

IIF means good planning more than anything else. Read Blog

Housekeeping Safety

Posted on March 2, 2015 
by TFS

Good housekeeping is the first law of accident prevention and should be a primary concern of your entire crew. Read Blog

Welding And Cutting Safety Tips

Posted on February 16, 2015 
by TFS

At the safety pyramid’s base you will find a strong foundation of safety violations and unsafe behaviors. Read Blog

Incident Injury-Free Culture: What IIF is NOT

Posted on February 9, 2015 
by TFS

At the safety pyramid’s base you will find a strong foundation of safety violations and unsafe behaviors. Read Blog

The Safety Pyramid

Posted on February 2, 2015 
by TFS

At the safety pyramid’s base you will find a strong foundation of safety violations and unsafe behaviors. Read Blog

Eye Protection

Posted on January 26, 2015 
by TFS

You cannot be too careful when protecting your eyes from foreign objects. Read Blog

Safety: Teamwork and Communication

Posted on January 19, 2015 
by TFS

Safety is a tool and its implementation starts during the work-planning phase. Read Blog

Teamwork: Looking Out for One Another the IIF Way

Posted on January 12, 2015 
by TFS

The following are reminders on how to help others stay safe by being a team player and following the Incident & Injury Free (IIF) mentality. Read Blog

Documented Inspections

Posted on January 5, 2015 
by TFS

Happy New Year to all! We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy year. Read Blog

Safety Culture at Work

Posted on December 8, 2014 
by TFS

At Total Facility Solutions, we are constantly building our relationships so that we can strengthen our safety culture and provide work environments for our employees and partners that are safe. Read Blog

Emergency Procedures

Posted on December 1, 2014 
by TFS

There are many types of emergencies that can occur on the job site Read Blog

Incident Injury Free Thanksgiving

Posted on November 24, 2014 
by TFS

Statistics prove that many on-the-job injuries occur right before, or after, a long holiday weekend. Read Blog

Teaching Safety

Posted on November 17, 2014 
by TFS

No matter your particular skillset on a job site, over time they become second nature and, for you, the actual mechanics of your job become simple. Read Blog

Complacency is a Safety Hazard

Posted on November 10, 2014 
by TFS

Complacency is extremely dangerous in our workplace. Read Blog

IIF Safety Culture: Ability to Stop Work

Posted on November 3, 2014 
by TFS

What does the ability to stop work represent? Read Blog

Parking Lot Safety

Posted on October 27, 2014 
by TFS

Parking lots are often overlooked for their hazardous environment. Read Blog

What is IIF?

Posted on October 20, 2014 
by TFS

It is about caring for one another and demonstrating that care on a daily basis. Read Blog

IIF Off the Job

Posted on October 13, 2014 
by TFS

The Incident and Injury Free mindset is something that has always been a top priority in the construction industry. Read Blog

Keep Your Head in the Game

Posted on October 6, 2014 
by TFS

Staying focused is one of the ways we stay safe and injury free in the field. Read Blog

IIF Safety Culture Leadership

Posted on September 29, 2014 
by TFS

Do we demonstrate a conviction that all injuries are preventable? Read Blog

Best Known Method (BKM) Facing Tool Use

Posted on September 22, 2014 
by TFS

One of our own superintendents recently shared his feedback and an important safety tip to consider while using a Facing Tool. Read Blog

Incident & Injury Free Culture: Choice or Compliance

Posted on September 15, 2014 
by TFS

For an Incident & Injury Free (IIF) culture to be successful, we must choose to work safe each and every day. Read Blog

Awkward Postures: Ergonomic Safety

Posted on September 8, 2014 
by TFS

There are always good opportunities to improve working posture by making simple modifications to work areas, using job rotation and task variation, and stretching and moving frequently throughout the workday. Read Blog

Control of Hazardous Energy: Gravity

Posted on September 2, 2014 
by TFS

What comes to mind when we think about COHE or Lock Out Tag Out? Read Blog

The Deadly Dozen

Posted on August 25, 2014 
by TFS

We all know that there must be a cause for an accident to happen. In order to avoid accidents, we must remove the cause. Read Blog

Compress Gas Cylinders

Posted on August 18, 2014 
by TFS

Compressed air is often misjudged and not recognized as a hazard because people often think of air as harmless. Read Blog

Caught In/On/Between

Posted on August 11, 2014 
by TFS

Each year, workers suffer approximately 125,000 caught or crushed injuries that occur when body parts get caught between two objects or entangled with machinery. Read Blog

IIF Safety Culture: Under Stress

Posted on August 4, 2014 
by TFS

At TFS, our Incident Injury Free® (IIF) culture regularly gets put to the test, but especially when we are working under a great deal of pressure. Read Blog

Heat Disorders - Dehydration

Posted on July 28, 2014 
by TFS

Over the last few week’s, we’ve been looking at various heat stress disorders that may affect us as the summer heat increases the temperature and humidity of our facilities. Read Blog

Handling The Heat

Posted on July 21, 2014 
by TFS

Excessive heat can be unbearable for many construction workers. Heat can even kill; 688 people die annually from heat-related exposures. Read Blog

More on Ladders

Posted on July 14, 2014 
by TFS

Ladders are used in most construction work. They provide us with a means of reaching locations too high to reach otherwise. Read Blog

First Day on the Job

Posted on June 30, 2014 
by TFS

Whether you've been in the business for many years or you're a first-time employee, there's always a 'First Day on the Job'; it may be a new project for you old timers, or for some of you, a brand new job. Read Blog


Posted on June 24, 2014 
by TFS

Good illumination is important to maximize production and maintain quality control. Read Blog

Safety Talks

Posted on June 16, 2014 
by TFS

The safe work practices we do in our shops are often the same practices we bring with us out of our shops and into our homes. Read Blog

First Aid For Burns

Posted on June 2, 2014 
by TFS

Just the thought of being a burn victim is most unpleasant - but - as a construction worker you know that there are many opportunities for burn injuries to occur every day. Read Blog

Fire Prevention

Posted on May 27, 2014 
by TFS

As summer approaches and it begins to heat up in some parts of the country, the concern for fires escalates as well. Read Blog

Fitness and Safety do Correlate

Posted on May 19, 2014 
by TFS

Staying in shape is one subject that is rarely discussed when safety is on topic. Read Blog

Hand Tools

Posted on May 12, 2014 
by TFS

Without the use of hand tools, the completion of a construction project would be nearly impossible. Read Blog

Personal Safety Checklist

Posted on May 5, 2014 
by TFS

In addition to the specific training you may have received that pertains to workplace safety such as fall protection, respiratory protection, permit-required confined space entry, etc. Read Blog

Unlabeled Pipes

Posted on April 28, 2014 
by TFS

Through your work area run a series of pipes, none of which is labeled. Read Blog

Engineering Controls

Posted on April 21, 2014 
by TFS

How often have you been reminded to wear your personal protective equipment (PPE) such as steel-toed boots and hard hats? Read Blog

Administrative Controls

Posted on April 14, 2014 
by TFS

It is possible to provide a level of safety by merely implementing administrative controls. Read Blog

Restricted Areas

Posted on April 7, 2014 
by TFS

Often, on job sites, there are areas into which only select persons are allowed. There are two basic reasons for the restrictions. Read Blog

When Operating Off the Ground

Posted on March 31, 2014 
by TFS

Here’s a set of guidelines we follow when work takes us to higher ground: Read Blog

Do's and Don'ts of Using a Ladder

Posted on March 17, 2014 
by TFS

As simple as it may seem to use a ladder, many disabling injuries occur each year due to improper use of ladders. Read Blog

Confined Spaces: Simple Review

Posted on March 10, 2014 
by TFS

Many workplaces contain areas that are considered “confined spaces.” Read Blog

Unlikely, Yet Possible

Posted on March 4, 2014 
by TFS

When we think of fatal injuries, we typically think of crushing events, falls, electrocutions and the like. How about a laceration? Not likely, but yes, those too can be fatal. Read Blog

It's Not My Fault!

Posted on February 24, 2014 
by TFS

How many times have you heard a child (of any age) exclaim, “It’s not my fault!” or “It wasn’t me!”? Read Blog

That Was a Close Call!

Posted on February 18, 2014 
by TFS

Close-call incidents do not often result in injury. Read Blog

Incident & Injury-Free Culture: Responsible and Accountable

Posted on February 10, 2014 
by TFS

The words “responsible” and “accountable” are similar to each other and are often used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two. Read Blog

Know Your Tools

Posted on February 03, 2014 
by TFS

Tools are a big part of the construction world today. The proper tools for the job are imperative for safe work conditions on any job site. Read Blog

Assured Grounding Program Action Required

Posted on January 27, 2014 
by TFS

With our new year comes a new quarter, and it’s time for us to be sure our electrical tools and cords are safe.Read Blog

Revisited: Inspections, Inspections and More Inspections

Posted on January 20, 2014 
by TFS

It’s a good idea to use the beginning of a new year as a benchmark to make sure your documented inspections are up to date.Read Blog

Material Handling & Mechanical Means

Posted on January 13, 2014 
by TFS

Material Handling is something we do at work and at home on an almost daily basis.Read Blog

Safety Housekeeping and Saving Time

Posted on January 6, 2014 
by TFS

Happy New Year to all of you! Time to get back to work, and while we do, let’s make sure it’s a safe and prosperous one. Read Blog

Lean Construction: Too much Muda

Posted on December 16, 2013 
by TFS

Lean is a concept used by the Toyota Production System and is a philosophy for work practices in manufacturing that makes the job more productive, efficient, and safe. Read Blog

The Fire Triangle

Posted on December 09, 2013 
by TFS

Let's talk about what makes a fire and what we can do to prevent one. Fire can be compared to a triangle. Three sides are necessary to make a triangle and three ingredients are necessary to cause a fire. Read Blog

Ladder & Stairway Training

Posted on December 02, 2013 
by TFS

Ladders and stairways present hazards in constructions, office and home settings alike. In fact, there have been a sufficient number of ladder and stairway accidents that justify the need for training standards. Read Blog

High-Hazard Permits and Plans

Posted on November 25, 2013 
by TFS

To help keep our workforce safe, we have certain preplanning resources such as High-Hazard Permits, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Pre Task Plans (PTP). Read Blog

IIF Safety Culture: What Is a Safety Culture?

Posted on November 18, 2013 
by TFS

According to the SKYbrary: “Safety Culture is the way safety is perceived, valued and prioritized in an organization. It reflects a real commitment to safety at all levels in the organization. It has also been described as 'how an organization behaves when no one is watching.'" Read Blog

Ground Fault Protection

Posted on November 11, 2013
by TFS

If you are working on a job site with a properly insulated electrically powered hand tool that has a three 3-prong plug attached to the power source, what is the point of a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)? Read Blog

Protective Clothing

Posted on November 4, 2013
by TFS

Protective clothing must be worn when there will—or even may—be exposure to hazardous conditions. The most important lesson one could learn about protective clothing is it must be appropriate for the hazard. Read Blog

Safety and Production: Part II

Posted on October 28, 2013
by TFS

How does safety improve production, and how does production improve safety? Read Blog

Safety and Production: Part I

Posted on October 21, 2013
by TFS

It’s important to work safely at all times—to avoid injuries, avoid harming others or negatively impacting facility operations. As a team member, you want to do your part to be productive, but also maintain your own job satisfaction, along with achieving satisfactory reviews from management. Read Blog

Meat 'n Potatoes: The Importance of Safety Meetings

Posted on October 14, 2013
by TFS

There was an inner-city Army National Guard unit that had monthly training meetings. On those meeting days, the soldiers in the unit were fed steak and baked potatoes and chicken and mashed potatoes. In the armory or in mock-battlefield conditions, the menu was the same. Read Blog

When Push Comes to Shove, Safety Loses!

Posted on October 7, 2013
by TFS

When it is “go time” and things need to be done “right away,” do you throw caution to the wind or do you stick to your guns and protect yourself, your co-workers, clients and their loved ones from someone else’s priority?Read Blog

Hazardous Energy

Posted on September 30, 2013
by TFS

Obviously, electrical energy has the potential to be hazardous. It is easy to fall into a trap where you shut off the electricity to a piece of equipment, place a lock and/or a tag on the power-supply box, and begin maintenance procedures. Is this enough to protect you from the potential energy hazards associated with a specific piece of equipment while performing work on it? Read Blog

Safety Must Be a Value – Not Just a Priority

Posted on September 23, 2013
by TFS

For those of us in the construction industry, we must choose to be safe for ourselves, our families and our fellow workers, because we believe it is the right thing to do, not because someone told us to do it! Safety must be a value, and treated as such—not a side note, not an option, not just another check mark off the list of a job description. Read Blog

What it Means to Be Incident & Injury Free®

Posted on September 16, 2013
by TFS

Safety is something every company treasures. Everywhere you look, people, organizations, schools and businesses are touting a dedication to safety. But what does that mean? To some, it may mean a lock on the entrance gate, maybe a metal detector or even a guard. At Total Facility Solutions (TFS), safety means Incident & Injury Free® (IIF). Read Blog

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