Casa Latina's mission is to empower Latino immigrants through educational and economic opportunities.

Digging

(Trenches, drains, holes, etc.)
 

Casa Latina recommends taking the following steps to ensure safe, efficient, and high-quality work:

  • Provide workers with necessary tools and equipment

All Casa Latina workers come with their own personal protective equipment (WORK BOOTS, SAFETY GOGGLES, EAR PLUGS, N95 DUST MASK, and RUBBERIZED COTTON GLOVES). If additional tools and safety equipment are required for the job, they must be provided by the employer. This includes digging equipment and safety equipment such as shovels and wheelbarrows.
 
  • Conduct a survey to locate utilities

Before demolition, conduct a survey to locate all utilities. Mark, shut off, and/or cap all electric, gas, water, steam, sewer, and other service lines. If you are unsure how to do any of the above, call 811 or visit www.washington811.com to schedule a FREE survey with your utility company.
 
  • Make sure all power tools are in good working condition

Before your worker arrives, check all power tools and extension cords for wear-and-tear or damage (such as exposed wires or dull blades). Make sure all extension cords have a ground prong (the third pin). Do not use damaged power tools or extension cords.
 

Additional protective equipment that may be required:

Leather gloves: for heavy work and work with power tools
 
Wheelbarrow: for more efficient hauling of dirt or rocks
 

Casa Latina trains all our workers to follow OSHA standards for health and safety in the workplace. Some of the most important safety tips we promote  are:

  • To properly use protective equipment
  • To make sure all tools and equipment are in good working condition
  • To use ergonomic position techniques
  • To check the work area for hazards and to clean or move anything that can cause an accident

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