How to Minimize Back Injuries on Construction Sites

Workers’ compensation tops the list of concerns for contractors. And it’s no wonder, considering that employee injuries cost U.S. businesses more than a billion dollars in workers’ comp costs each week, according to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Injuries mean time away from work and sometimes painful rehabilitation. On construction sites, back injuries are ... [Continue Reading]

The Buck Stops with the Competent Person

On a construction site, every worker is responsible for his or her own safety. But anyone can make careless mistakes, especially if they haven’t been trained properly — or the person in charge hasn’t been trained properly. Ultimately, the responsibility of keeping workers safe falls to what OSHA calls the designated “competent person” on site. Usually this person is the ... [Continue Reading]

Fall Protection Systems: Keeping Workers Safe from Falls

In an earlier post, we discussed fall prevention — one of the most important workplace safety issues and one of the 10 most violated safety standards, according to OSHA. You may recall that more construction workers die each year from falls off ladders, scaffolds, and roofs than anything else. In this post, we’ll look more in-depth at one of the best ways to prevent fall ... [Continue Reading]

New Hazard Communication Standards: What You Need to Know

Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing U.S. workers today. And to help contractors and workers better understand the hazards and safety measures associated with chemicals in their workplace, OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The latest HCS updates — which went into effect December 1, 2013 — give workers not only ... [Continue Reading]

Ladder Safety in Three Steps

In my years of doing site inspections, I’ve seen all kinds of ladder violations: people working too high on ladders, leaning A-frame ladders against the wall, extension ladders being tied off or several feet above a landing. All of these are violations of OSHA regulations. Our last post told you about OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, a ... [Continue Reading]

Join OHSA’s Effort to Prevent Falls

More construction workers die each year from falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs than anything else. In 2012, there were 269 fall fatalities out of 775 total fatalities in construction. And it’s not surprising, considering that fall prevention is among the 10 most violated safety standards, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Yet these ... [Continue Reading]