Archives for June 2017

OSHA Moves to Delay Reporting Requirements

In May of this year, OSHA published a rule entitled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” with an effective date of January 1, 2017 for the final rule's electronic reporting requirements. Initially the deadline was set for July 1, 2017—the date which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A to OSHA ... [Continue Reading]

Excavation and Trenching Safety Tips

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. Recently, OSHA fined a large construction company after discovering employees working in an unprotected 10-foot deep excavation at a suburban New Jersey high school, in violation of federal safety and health laws. An excavation and a trench are defined slightly differently by the agency: an ... [Continue Reading]

Eye Safety and Personal Protection Equipment

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. OSHA reports that eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. Among the most common hazards for eye and face injury are flying objects ... [Continue Reading]

Exit Strategies: Fire Hazards at the Worksite

Worker injuries and fatalities from fire hazards in the construction industry have decreased steadily in the last ten years, thanks to increased enforcement of building codes and safety standards. Nonetheless, fire safety violations are taken seriously and consistently by safety inspectors. A few of these include improper disposal of flammable rags, and failure to have a least ... [Continue Reading]

Guardrails and Electrical Safety

There are many hazards associated with working with electrical equipment, and one recent example underscores the importance of taking precautions when it comes to keeping workers safe. OSHA has issued a dozen citations and proposed $226,431 in fines following its investigation into the Nov. 29, 2016, death of a 26-year-old machine operator at a Pensacola-area electrical ... [Continue Reading]