Archives for May 2018

The Specifics of Scaffolding Safety

 An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds. In a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. All of these accidents can be ... [Continue Reading]

Electrical Hazards on Construction Sites

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to electric shock, electrocution, burns, fires, and explosions. Most of these fatalities could have been easily avoided. OSHA standards cover the exposed or operating elements of an electrical installation such as lighting, equipment, motors, machines, appliances, switches, controls, and ... [Continue Reading]

Respirators and Seal Checks for Safety

Exposure to fumes, dust, silica, asbestos and other toxins are a common occurrence on construction sites. Unchecked, exposure to these toxins can result in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, lung cancer and silicosis. Knowing the basics of respiratory protection can go a long way toward preventing these ailments and keeping workers safe onsite. When ... [Continue Reading]