OSHA Issues New Final Rule for Eye and Face Protection

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]

Drilling and Dust: The Dangers of Concrete

Approximately 2 million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, specifically those who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Crystalline silica, although found naturally in materials such as quartz, is hazardous when very small and respirable particles are inhaled. These respirable dust ... [Continue Reading]

Reporting Accidents: The Rules to Follow

Reporting construction work accidents is a matter that OSHA has always taken seriously, but the consequences of non-compliance have become ever more evident. In a recent high-profile case involving a multi-state retail company, OSHA stated that their fines were based not only on the safety violations but also the fact that the company failed to report. Says OSHA, “This is a ... [Continue Reading]

Whistleblowing: The Consequences of Non-Compliance

Whistleblowing in the construction industry continues to garner attention from OSHA with increasing accountability to those companies who punish workers for reporting unsafe working conditions. Earlier this month, an industrial company in Montgomeryville was fined $822,000 after the federal agency determined that two workers were fired for filing a complaint following an ... [Continue Reading]

Filing the OSHA 300 Log: What You Need to Know

As we reported early last year, OSHA’s recordkeeping rules for injury and illness on the worksite have been updated, putting new requirements for construction sites that fall under Federal OSHA jurisdiction. OSHA has always maintained the obligation for companies to maintain accurate records of accidents onsite, and the newest rules have made two important changes that ... [Continue Reading]

Fatal Crane Accident Prompts New Regulations in NYC

In the wake of last week’s fatal crane accident in New York City, the city has announced new regulations that would prohibit operating these cranes in winds that exceed 20 miles per hour, or gusts of up to 30 miles per hour. Excessive winds are thought to be the main culprit in last week’s accident. Workers were moving the 500-foot crane, which was replacing generators on a ... [Continue Reading]

Multiple Offenses: When Safety Violations Compound

Although any singular injury or fatality on a construction site will incur fines and inspections from OSHA, too often it is reported that a company is being cited for multiple or repeat offenses. These types of violations underscore the importance of a comprehensive safety program, for even one weak link in an otherwise sound training program can mean the difference between a ... [Continue Reading]

Protecting Workers from Abrasive Blasting Materials

The abrasive materials commonly used in construction to clean or prepare a surface for coating can cause serious health risks to construction workers. Exposure to materials such as silica sand, iron ore, nickel or copper slag, can cause lung damage and breathing problems over time. OSHA notes that while each abrasive blasting operation is unique--involving different surfaces, ... [Continue Reading]

The Heavy Lifting: Best Practices to Avoid Injury

Back sprains, muscle pulls, wrist and elbow injuries are all common injuries for workers who must lift heavy items on construction sites. A single overexertion or cumulative, repeated motion both have the potential to cause serious injury. OSHA provides specific guidelines for proper lifting practices, including the following: Materials that must be manually lifted should ... [Continue Reading]

Safeguarding Machinery for Worker Safety

Any machine with moving parts, sharp edges and hot surfaces on a construction site has the potential to cause serious injury for workers. In addition to proper training and personal protection equipment, machine safeguards need to be implemented and maintained. Each month, OSHA issues citations for injuries directly related to machinery. Just this month, a Wisconsin company ... [Continue Reading]