About Nina McGinley

Overhead Line Work and Safety Measures

Overhead line work requirements are contained in OSHA’s regulation 1910.269(q). Key provisions include: ▪    Poles and towers must be structurally capable of withstanding the stresses that may be imposed when installing and removing equipment. If necessary, structures may be braced to ensure that they can withstand the anticipated load. ▪    Before anyone climbs a pole, ... [Continue Reading]

The Dangers of Mold and How to Avoid

Molds are microscopic organisms found everywhere in the environment, indoors and outdoors. Most molds are harmless but some can cause infections, allergy symptoms and produce toxins. Inhalation is the exposure of most concern to cleanup workers. Health Effects of Mold Exposure Runny nose • Eye irritation • Cough/congestion • Sneezing • Skin rash • Aggravation of ... [Continue Reading]

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]