Backup Safety: The Hazards of Blind Spots

Construction vehicles on a job site present a number of hazards, and the backup function is one of them. Whenever an operator has an obstructed view to the rear, OSHA recommends a backup alarm or a spotter to prevent accidents. While OSHA does not specifically require backup alarms on powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, there are regulations that prohibit removing ... [Continue Reading]

Winter Weather Safety Measures

Construction workers who have to work through wind and snow during low and freezing temperatures are at risk for a number of hazards that are particular to these winter months. Safety measures for these jobs require increased vigilance for site managers. Providing engineering controls such as radiant heaters, scheduling frequent short breaks in warm areas, and proper PPE ... [Continue Reading]

Cell Phone Safety on Construction Sites

The use of cell phones on construction sites, while sometimes a necessity of communication, present a real hazard when it comes to distracting workers from safety practices. Industry experts are unanimous when it comes to the proper use of these devices, “Operators of heavy equipment, tower cranes and other construction machinery can be distracted by mobile phone use. OSHA ... [Continue Reading]

Scissor Lift Pocket Failure Draws New Alert

There has been a recent alert concerning a JLG 2632ES Fork Lift Pocket Failure on a Turner project. The JLG scissor was being relocated on the job with a Rough Terrain Forklift. When the forks were positioned under the body of the lift and raised approximately 6 inches the metal framework of the lifting pocket failed on one side causing the scissor lift to fall against a ... [Continue Reading]

Crane Compliance Extended: Hazards Remain

OSHA recently issued a final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule became effective November 9, 2017. This extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in ... [Continue Reading]

DSS Unveils Online Safety Training Program

In almost all aspects of construction safety, the importance of training workers before they embark on specific tasks is absolutely essential to avoid accidents and stay compliant with OSHA regulations. In most citations, there are some elements of training that were lacking.  A common thread in these citations, as with a recent New Jersey construction company that was fined, ... [Continue Reading]

Workplace Violence and Construction Sites

It seems that no venue or worksite in the U.S. is immune to workplace violence these days, and while there are currently no specific OSHA standards for workplace violence, under the General Duty Clause, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is free of conditions that cause physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to ... [Continue Reading]

Newest Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standards

Respirable crystalline silica continues to present an every-day safety hazard for the construction industry. About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and workers in general industry operations such as ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Council Reveals Newest Top 10 Violations

At the recent National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo, OSHA revealed its preliminary list of Top 10 violations for Fiscal Year 2017, and while the list remained largely unchanged, there was a new addition: Training Requirements for Fall Protection. So while fall protection is predictably at the top of the list, the emphasis on training is coming into the forefront. OSHA ... [Continue Reading]

Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

There are many causes of poor indoor air quality in the construction industry. Foremost is poor ventilation; other culprits include problems controlling temperature, high or low humidity and construction dust. Contaminants like dust, mold, cleaning supplies, pesticides, or other airborne chemicals, including small amounts of chemicals released as a gas over time can also cause ... [Continue Reading]