Construction

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.451: Scaffolds

August 30, 2022

Ranking: #4 The Risks The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 52 fatal falls to lower levels from scaffolding in 2020. While some of these are attributable to unsafe work practices, scaffolding that is poorly made or lacking in proper guardrails or protection can be treacherous for workers who use it.…

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OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.1053: Ladders

August 30, 2022

Ranking: #3 The Risks Falls from ladders can result in serious injuries, permanent disability and death. Injuries related to ladders can be traced to a variety of causes. Overreaching instead of descending and moving the ladder to a different location is a common cause. Using a ladder when some other piece of equipment is called…

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OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.134: Respiratory Protection

August 30, 2022

Ranking: #2 The Risks Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually. Respirators protect the user in two basic ways.…

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OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.501: Duty to Have Fall Protection

August 30, 2022

Ranking: #1 The Risk Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. There is a myriad of ways in which falls can occur in an occupational setting and falls from even relatively low heights can result in injury, permanent disability and fatalities. Those working in construction and extraction, healthcare support;…

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Action by OSHA to Confront Trench Fatalities Is “Vital for U.S. Workers,” says National COSH

July 20, 2022

Today’s announcement by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of new efforts to protect workers from deadly trench collapses is “vital for U.S. workers” say leaders of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). OSHA announced that it will respond to an alarming increase in fatalities due to trench collapses. The…

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What are Your OSHA Compliance Obligations in the Construction Industry?

July 18, 2022

By Mark Moran, Contributor As an employer in the construction industry your OSHA obligations fall into three general categories: A general duty to maintain a workplace free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to your employees. That is part of the OSH Act known as the “General Duty…

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Silica Standard Update: What You Need to Know

July 18, 2022

By Robert T. Lahey, Contributor On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the final rules for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica, 29 CFR 1910.1053 (General Industry & Maritime) and 29 CFR 1926.1153 (Construction Industry). Since the release and subsequent implementation date in construction of September 23, 2017, there have…

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How the Fall Protection Hierarchy Is Saving Lives in Construction

July 18, 2022

By Kevin Kelpe, Contributor Falls are the leading cause of fatality in construction, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction has more fatal falls than any other industry. In 2020, one in five workplace deaths occurred in the construction industry, and 1/3 of those deaths were due to a fall to a lower…

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New Improvements in ISEA/ANSI 105 Glove Labeling Make Hand Protection Simpler for Construction Safety

July 18, 2022

By Donald F Groce, Contributor Proposed changes in the American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 are expected to be adopted in the very near future by the International Safety Equipment Association. These changes have resulted in an even better tool for providing safer hand protection for those of us who face hand…

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The Three Safety Measures Often Overlooked on the Jobsite

July 18, 2022

By Richard Cacchiotti, Contributor Construction safety comes in many forms – from PPE requirements to proper equipment and protocol training, to the planning and guidance of a qualified safety manager. But did you know that the design and ergonomics of the power tools professionals use on the jobsite every day also fall into this category?…

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