Archives for February 2015

Preventing Construction Vehicle Backover Accidents

Backover incidents, when a construction vehicle strikes a worker who is standing, walking or kneeling behind a vehicle, account for a high number of worksite accidents and fatalities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 70 workers died from backover incidents in 2011 and that average has remained similar in data covering a six-year period. Proper safety ... [Continue Reading]

Winter Weather Hazards: Safety Precautions for Cold and Snow

Working in cold weather and snow has many safety implications for construction workers and OSHA has specific regulations related to these hazards. Snow removal is typically a maintenance activity regulated under OSHA’s general industry standards, 29 CFR 1910, however, on construction sites where snow must be removed in order to begin or continue construction work, OSHA's ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program: The Benefits of Safety

Construction companies who are proactive in their health and safety programs should be aware of the benefits of recognition through OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program, (VPP), which recognizes employers who have maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. In addition to all the benefits of maintaining a well-documented safety ... [Continue Reading]