Archives for January 2019

Confined Spaces and Hydrogen Sulfide

Hydrogen sulfide is a flammable and toxic gas found particularly in confined spaces such as trenches and sewers. For the construction industry, this poses particular risk for workers in outdoor excavation projects. Specific regulations for confined spaces General Industry are found on OSHA's website. (29 CFR 1910) OSHA recently cited a Dallas utility company for failing to ... [Continue Reading]

Exit Routes and Safety Evacuation

Exit route regulations in construction have been in place for many years, but they continue to be enforced to prevent unnecessary hazards on the worksite. OSHA recently cited an Ohio United Parcel Service (UPS) distribution center for repeatedly putting workers at risk by obstructing exit routes where some access routes were reduced to just seven inches. The company faces ... [Continue Reading]

Hazard Communication: What You Need to Know

The Hazard Communication Standard, first established by OSHA in the 1980s, establishes requirements to make sure that the hazards of all chemicals imported into or used in U.S. workplaces are evaluated, and that this hazard information is transmitted to exposed employees. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA Releases Top 10 Safety Violations for 2018

At the National Safety Council’s 2018 Congress & Expo in Houston last October, OSHA released its most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2018. Not surprisingly, fall protection continues to top the list, but notably, Eye and Face Protection replaced Electrical (Wiring Methods) for the number 10 spot. The list underscores the necessity for appropriate ... [Continue Reading]

General Contractors Increasingly Liable for Subcontractors

A recent decision in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled that general contractors can be held responsible for subcontractors that create OSHA violations. With the potential to have wide-sweeping repercussions in the construction industry, the ruling was brought about by safety violations from a subcontracting team to build a new library for the City of ... [Continue Reading]

Workplace Fatalities Decline in 2017

There was a small but not insignificant decline in workplace fatalism over the past year, underscoring the importance of safety precautions and compliance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities in 2017 than the previous year. The fatal injury rate also decreased from 3.6 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017. For the ... [Continue Reading]