Northern California Engineering Contractors Association


Lifting & Rigging

Lifting and rigging work tasks are considered a high-hazard task by many companies. There are a
lot of associated hazards that accompany lifting any loads with cranes or equipment.

It is important to not only understand proper rigging techniques, but also the other hazards that
accompany this type of work task.

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Diesel Exhaust Dangers and Safeguards

On construction sites, mines, and other types of work sites diesel engines are used frequently. Diesel engines power everything from water pumps to heavy equipment that allow for day-to-day activities to be completed efficiently.

While these engines are great tools, precautions need to be taken to protect workers from being over-exposed to diesel exhaust.

Workers exposed to diesel exhaust face the risk of health effects ranging from irritation of the eyes and nose, headaches, and nausea, to respiratory disease and lung cancer.

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What Can Hurt Me Today

Every day before our work begins, we should go through some type of process to evaluate the work for the day as well as the associated hazards.

This process can include a self-check as well as a work area inspection and inspection of tools or equipment.

During this process, a main objective should be identifying hazards so that you can take steps to eliminate or mitigate the hazards found. One useful question to ask yourself before a work task begins is: “What can hurt me?”

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Proper Lifting Techniques

Do you realize you may be risking serious injury many times a day and not even know it? Well, it is true if you do not lift correctly. Improper lifting may cause back injuries that can take months and even years to heal. Sometimes they are permanent and disabling. A little know how, however, can enable you to lift correctly.

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Emergency Response Manual

Emergency Response Manual for 2023—2024
Now is the time to assure your ad is included!

Reserve your space by November 15, 2022 Art due December 15, 2022

Every two years ECA gathers information we believe will be valuable to you, our associates, business partners, city officials, and the general public.

In the event of an emergency, we would like you to have information available that will help you in the fastest way possible.

Should you be in need of assistance in the following areas, our members can help you! This manual will include in alphabetical order, who to contact for: • Counties Serviced • Services • Equipment • Materials

Obviously, we hope that an emergency situation will not be the reason you need to contact our members, but at least this will help you if the circumstance does arise.

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Extension Cord Safety

We use extension cords almost every day both at work and at home. These are very useful devices, but they can present a fire or shock hazard when either worn out or used improperly.

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Compressed Air

Compressed air is not a plaything and must be used in a safe manner. So before grabbing an air hose and going into action, there are a number of safety guidelines which should be followed.

First of all, be sure you have the right air hose. Air hoses look alike. Sometimes hose lines are crossed, and you could be fooled.

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Community Relations Project

Chair Lacey Torkelson Smith wants you to know about the Jamie Lane celebration taking place (clickhere) to honor the ECA and Dave Weller for helping make housing affordable for some families that can use the help.  Many thanks to all the donors! Click here for list!


Falls are a serious problem?  When you consider that each hour in the United States 19 people are injured by falls, or that a fatal fall accident occurs every 37 minutes, you must agree that the fall problem is signifi­cant. Falls in the United States are the number two accident killer, ranking only behind traffic accidents as a cause of accidental death. Falls on the job account for about 30% of all injuries. Last year close to 1,600 employees died and over 300,000 were injured from falls on the job.

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