Archives for December 2014

The Sound and the Fury: Keeping Workers Safe from Noise Hazards

The noise level at construction sites has serious and sometimes overlooked health and safety consequences. The bottom line of noise control in construction worksites is that permanent hearing loss is a reality. Thousands of workers every year suffer from preventable hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. Since 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that ... [Continue Reading]

Safety First and Last: Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Lockout/Tagout procedures, designed to protect workers from accidentally restarting dangerous machinery, is an essential safety precaution for electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical and thermal equipment. Unexpected start-up or release of stored energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries. These types of injuries often ... [Continue Reading]

Crane Safety and OSHA’s Certification Extension

OSHA’s recent decision to extend its crane certification requirement until 2017 reflects an ongoing effort to clarify the standards that will affect the construction industry for years to come. Better information and the need to streamline current standards were driving forces for the extension. According to OSHA, “Final economic analysis shows that extending the date for ... [Continue Reading]