About Nina McGinley

The ABCs of Safety Certification

Construction managers are well aware of the necessity for employees to complete OSHA certified 10-hour and 30-hour training courses, both for high-end projects and those less complicated. However, it is worth emphazing the benefits of making sure that workers are qualified with not only the proper training—but also with the necessary completion card. Here we break down the ... [Continue Reading]

Eye Protection: Sunglasses Don’t Count

OSHA's eye and face protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.133, requires the use of eye and face protection when workers are exposed to hazards such as flying objects, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation. Importantly, eyeglasses designed for ordinary wear do not provide the level of protection ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Protocol for Hazardous Chemicals

When it comes to hazardous chemicals in the workplace, OSHA is very clear on the proper protocol for the labeling, handling and training required to work with these substances. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200, requires employers to implement a hazard communication program. The program must include labels on containers of hazardous chemicals, safety ... [Continue Reading]

The Hazards of Combustible Dust

Fires and explosions can happen for a multitude of reasons on a construction site but one of the most common causes is combustible dust. Metal-based materials such as aluminum, titanium and steel as well as plastics can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, under certain conditions, it can become explosible. ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Training for Temporary Workers

Hiring temporary workers for special projects or seasonal work is a common practice in the construction industry, but it does not exempt the employer from the responsibility of safety training equal to that of permanent employees. In the case of hiring workers through a temporary agency, OSHA could hold both the host and temporary employers responsible for dangerous ... [Continue Reading]

Safety in Hot Summer Conditions

As unpredictable as the weather is in the Maryland area, heat threats are real, especially for construction workers. Here we break down the symptoms and hazards of working outside this summer. Heat stroke, the most serious form of heat-related illness, happens when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating stops and the body can no longer rid itself ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Citations and Compliance

A post-inspection citation can quickly become an ongoing source of unwanted fines and action items for any type of construction project. Whether a safety inspection is initiated because of a planned schedule, accident or complaint, the compliance responsibility rests squarely on the construction management. Penalties can range from $12,934 for each serious violation, $12,934 ... [Continue Reading]

Avoiding Hazards of Confined Spaces

Many workplaces contain areas that are considered "confined spaces" because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ... [Continue Reading]

New Rule for Crane Operator Certification

The ongoing revisions to OSHA’s crane operator certification requirements had new developments in recent weeks, with the agency proposing a new rule that reinstates the employer duty to ensure crane operators are qualified to safety operate equipment. Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications for crane operators would ensure more operators are ... [Continue Reading]

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]