Archives for January 2016

Protecting Workers from Abrasive Blasting Materials

The abrasive materials commonly used in construction to clean or prepare a surface for coating can cause serious health risks to construction workers. Exposure to materials such as silica sand, iron ore, nickel or copper slag, can cause lung damage and breathing problems over time. OSHA notes that while each abrasive blasting operation is unique--involving different surfaces, ... [Continue Reading]

The Heavy Lifting: Best Practices to Avoid Injury

Back sprains, muscle pulls, wrist and elbow injuries are all common injuries for workers who must lift heavy items on construction sites. A single overexertion or cumulative, repeated motion both have the potential to cause serious injury. OSHA provides specific guidelines for proper lifting practices, including the following: Materials that must be manually lifted should ... [Continue Reading]