Archives for October 2015

Forklifts and the Hazards of Loading and Unloading

On almost every substantial construction project, forklifts are used to move materials and these workhorses require careful safety precautions – The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in the United States, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents each year. Loading and unloading materials is of particular concern ... [Continue Reading]

Who’s in Charge? OSHA’s Requirements for the Competent Person

When an OSHA inspector visits a site, one of his first questions is, “Who’s in charge?” Inspectors may or may not use the term “competent person,” but the term competent person is used in many OSHA standards and documents. As we reported early last year, usually this person is the supervisor or superintendent, but it also might be the foreman or another employee. It is ... [Continue Reading]

The Latest: OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2015

The largest gathering of safety professionals met recently at the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo, and the take-aways underscored the importance pursuing excellence in construction safety. Of particular note is the most recent data on OHSA’s Top 10 violations for 2015. Fall protection leads the list, as it does every year, but there are important safety hazards ... [Continue Reading]