Construction

A Quick Guide to Hydraulic Tool Safety and Maintenance

May 19, 2022

By Jane Marsh, Contributor Construction is a hazardous industry. The sector accounts for 20% of all worker fatalities1 in private industry, but it doesn’t have to be dangerous. Steps like ensuring hydraulic construction tool safety can make a substantial difference. Hydraulic tools are a standard across the industry. In addition to being powerful and durable,…

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Winds of Change: Building it Safe on a Wind Farm

May 19, 2022

By John Mylenek, Contributor A wind farm is unlike a conventional project. Instead of constructing a building, plant, or warehouse across tens of thousands of square feet, it consists of constructing wind turbines across dozens – perhaps even hundreds – of square miles. It can make logistics tricky and present difficulties with communication. Barton Malow…

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LOADMAT Ground Protection Mats From SUPPLY55

May 13, 2022

LOADMAT ground protection mats protect industrial, commercial, and residential lawns, golf courses, mud areas, roads, and driveways by spreading the heavy weight of cranes, bucket trucks, excavators, and other heavy equipment eliminating rutting and surface damage. Manufactured from High-Density Polyethylene (HPDE) LOADMAT is the perfect solution for temporary roads, construction sites, well drilling, tree care…

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How the A10 Standards Can Help Improve Construction and Demolition Safety

April 29, 2022

Construction and demolition sites can expose workers to a wide range of hazards that can lead to serious injuries and fatalities.  The ANSI/ASSP A10 series of voluntary consensus standards provides safety requirements to help address these hazards. Tim Fisher, director of standards development and technical services for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), joins…

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Addressing Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Construction Safety Helmets

April 27, 2022

1. What is the main difference between conventional hard hats and safety helmets? ANSWER: A safety helmet features an integrated chin strap to ensure a comfortable and secure fit to a workers head – even in the event of a trip, slip or fall – eliminating the chance of the safety helmet dislodging if gravity…

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A Sphere of Safety

March 29, 2022

By Brad Sant, senior vice president of education and safety, ARTBA Approximately 800 people are killed each year in roadway work zone crashes, and over the past decade, the rate has been increasing by 2 percent annually. To emphasize the need for heightened vigilance at roadway construction sites, ARTBA developed an approach called the “sphere…

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Construction Safety Training Best Practices

February 16, 2022

By Melody Hollis, Education Services Manager & Maureen Mallach, Manager of Professional Services, HCSS Construction sites and work can be hazardous if safety measures are not correctly put in place and if workers at the jobsite are not adequately trained. Skimping on safety training is not a good idea as it can lead to significant…

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What Every Workplace Should Know About Proper Fall-Protection Equipment

February 16, 2022

By Nicole Randall, Contributor In November 2021, a worker in New York City1 fell while painting the Manhattan Bridge. In December 2021, a roofer in his early 20s fell while working on an apartment building in New Orleans2, and a 24-year-old man lost his life when he fell from an Arlington, Washington3 cell tower. Stats…

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Infectious Diseases on the Jobsite: It’s Not All About COVID

February 16, 2022

By Robert Lahey, Chicagoland Construction Safety Council The past two years has witnessed an increase in awareness about the risks – and tragedies – associated with a public health crisis. The impact has been monumental and measurable in so many ways. How ironic that the hazard we cannot see can have such a widespread and…

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Shedding a Light on Safe and Compliant Jobsite Lighting in Hazardous Locations.

February 16, 2022

By Brian Earl, Contributor Proper light levels on construction sites are critical to worker productivity and jobsite safety. Safe light levels are outlined in OSHA Standard 1926.56 where safe minimum light levels for various areas of operation within a jobsite. Below is a brief extract from OSHA Standard 1926.56(a): Foot- Candle Levels        Area of Operation*…

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