Archives for September 2017

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]

Construction Site Noise Hazards

Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise. Construction and industrial noise is largely caused by mechanical impacts, high-velocity fluid flow, high-velocity air flow and vibrating surface areas of a machine. There are ... [Continue Reading]

Best Practices for Machinery Safety Guards

Machinery that lack safety guards pose a serious threat to workers with hazards ranging from lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions and the most severe injury, amputation. Vigilance in safety precautions and thorough worker training are critical to avoid these types of accidents. Recently OSHA fined a paperboard mill more than $350,000 for violations that included using ... [Continue Reading]