CS May 2023

Understanding and Avoiding the Dangers of Dropped Objects

April 26, 2023

Workers Aren’t the Only Thing that Can Fall on a Construction Site By Rick Pedley, Contributor Workers at heights wear harnesses and tethers and may even work over nets to ensure they don’t fall. If they do, then it’s not too far of a fall or they fall into something else. With fall protection technology…

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Ladder and Scaffolding Safety are Crucial Elements in Protecting Job Site Workers

April 26, 2023

By Kevin Kelpe, Contributor Ladders and scaffolding are common pieces of equipment used in many work sites. While these are essential tools for completing tasks, they can also be dangerous if not used properly and safely. Ladder safety and scaffolding safety are crucial elements in ensuring the wellbeing of workers on construction sites. Unfortunately, ladder…

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What to Look for When Inspecting Your Fall Safety PPE

April 26, 2023

By Rick Pedley, Contributor OSHA specifies that fall safety PPE needs to be inspected before each use and at least annually by a competent, well-trained person who knows exactly what to look for. Before you use your equipment for the day, inspect for damaged or defective gear and immediately remove it from service. Gear that…

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Using the Z359 Standards to Improve Your Fall Protection Program

April 26, 2023

By Lauren Bauerschmidt and Scott Fowler, Contributors Working at height exposes workers to a wide range of hazards that can lead to serious injuries and fatalities. The ANSI/ASSP Z359 fall protection and fall restraint series of voluntary consensus standards provides requirements to help address these hazards and keep workers safe. Lauren Bauerschmidt, MS, CSP, Senior…

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Construction Site Basics: A Checklist for Safety and Regulations

April 26, 2023

By Dan Coconate, Contributor Job sites—particularly construction ones—have lots of different moving parts. Several crew members are off handling various tasks, and a lot of equipment is around. With so much activity happening, things could fall through the cracks or get overlooked, so being prepared always makes sense. A quick run through this checklist of…

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Understanding & Preventing Workplace Electrical Fatalities

April 26, 2023

By Daniel Majano and Brianne Deerwester, Contributors Each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) collects information on fatal occupational electrical injuries using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries. ESFI’s…

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What Is Rotational Motion?

April 26, 2023

Many Aren’t Aware of the Common Cause of Concussions, a Significant Workplace Safety Threat By Peter Halldin and Sofia Hedenstierna, Contributors Many of us are at risk of head injuries at work, but for the construction, industrial and manufacturing industries, the risks are far greater. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and…

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OSHA’s National Emphasis Program – Outdoor & Indoor Heat-Related Hazards

April 26, 2023

As Originally Seen in the July/August Issue of Industrial Hygiene in the Workplace History/Background On a warm, summer day in July, a 42-year-old man was on his way to work for his new job as a roofer. When he arrived, there was plenty of water, ice and drinks available at the site for him to…

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