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]

Protecting Construction Workers during Mold Remediation

Mold is a sometimes invisible threat to construction workers but the exposure to mold spores can cause serious health problems—primarily respiratory. Any water damage, humidity or confined space is an at-risk situation for mold and an inhalation danger for construction workers. Remediation or removal of mold actually increases these hazards during the process. OSHA has ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA Visits: What to Expect when You’re Inspected

An OSHA inspection can seem like an intrusive and intimidating prospect for most site managers, but knowing the process can go a long way to making these visits productive and seamless. OSHA prioritizes its visits for those sites which pose the most imminent threat of danger or perhaps following an employee complaint. In either case, there are certain protocols to ... [Continue Reading]

Evacuations and Emergency Response Plans

Developing an emergency response plan is an essential part of any construction safety plan and should be consistently reviewed and updated to protect workers--and anyone on the job site--in the event of a variety of disasters. Building evacuations, chemical spills and malfunctioning building utilities can precipitate the need for an emergency plan, as can unexpected violent ... [Continue Reading]

Chemical Hazards and OSHA’s Communication Standard

Chemical and toxic substances pose a wide range of health and safety hazards on construction sites. From simple skin irritation to long-term carcinogenic risks, flammability and corrosion, the dangers of chemical hazards are always on the radar screen of safety managers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is clear on the responsibility of employers to communicate to workers ... [Continue Reading]

Excellence in Construction Safety: Core Values Pay Off

On November 3rd, OSHA reported an accident involving an Ohio man whose crane's safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell and injured him as he worked on the factory floor. Although these stories are all too common, it only underscores the importance of recognizing those companies that practice the long-term vision and importance of training and safety ... [Continue Reading]