Archives for July 2014

Training Is Key to Aerial Lift Safety

Aerial lifts, or any vehicle-mounted device used to elevate workers, have replaced ladders and scaffolding on many construction sites due to their mobility and flexibility. We see them, in fact, in many places—cherry picker platforms, bucket trucks, extendable boom platforms, aerial ladders, and vertical towers. Like ladders, scaffolds, or any other equipment that assists ... [Continue Reading]

How to Report Construction Accidents and Incidents to OSHA

Construction accidents are declining, and that’s good news for all of us in the industry. In the past four decades, workplace fatalities have decreased by more than 65 percent, and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent, according to OSHA. Still, plenty of accidents happen on construction sites — and employers need to know what steps to take when they ... [Continue Reading]

Creating a Drug-Free Workplace Policy for Your Construction Site

Substance abuse costs U.S. employers more than $6 billion per year, including costs for lost productivity and related health and crime issues, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Surveys have found that about 75 percent of adult illicit-drug users are employed, and the construction industry, in particular, has some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse — ... [Continue Reading]