Archives for June 2016

Electrical Hazards: Keeping Workers Safe from Live Wires

Working around electrical lines is a daily hazard for the construction industry and the standards for safety continue to be updated. Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution and for these reasons, OSHA has specific standards for these types of dangerous situations. Some citations will be delayed until early January 2017, but they should be standard practice ... [Continue Reading]

No Way Out: Dangers of Blocked Exit Routes

Penalties for not having proper exit routes, or those that are blocked, can have serious consequences for employers. This month, OSHA fined a major retailer upwards of $101,000 for safety violations including repeated blockage of safe exit routes. An exit route is a continuous and unobstructed path of exit travel from any point within a workplace to a place of safety. ... [Continue Reading]

The Hazards of Heat: Preparing for Summer

When the mercury rises, construction workers become at risk for a host of heat-related illnesses and injury. Site managers should be vigilant about protecting workers who are exposed to elevated temperatures. Heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body can no longer rid itself of excess heat and should be treated immediately by medical ... [Continue Reading]