Construction Sites and Carbon Monoxide Hazards

The combination of any gasoline-powered equipment, (such as compressors, generators, welding equipment or forklifts) and any confined space in a construction site has the added danger of carbon monoxide poisoning – a potentially deadly hazard. As the CDC  reports, “Often there is little time before [workers] experience symptoms that inhibit their ability to seek ... [Continue Reading]

New Information on Whistleblower Regulations

The following press release from OSHA details their latest efforts to keep track of this important subject. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today published a final rule finalizing procedures for handling whistleblower retaliation complaints filed under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The SOX Act protects employees who report fraudulent ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Measures for High-Powered Lasers

High-power lasers for industrial cutting and welding commonly practiced on construction sites bring the potential for serious eye and skin damage from direct exposure to laser beam and secondary emissions. Experts advise that normal industrial safety practices may not be adequate for these powerful devices. According to the Laser Institute of America, “All of these hazards ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA’s New Report: The Cost of Not Protecting Workers

OSHA has recently released a new report that has many long-term implications for the construction industry. While the report focuses largely on the macro-economic and social consequences of work-related hazards, construction companies with an eye on the long-term should take heed: According to the report, if safety costs start to tip the scale against new construction or even ... [Continue Reading]

Preventing Construction Vehicle Backover Accidents

Backover incidents, when a construction vehicle strikes a worker who is standing, walking or kneeling behind a vehicle, account for a high number of worksite accidents and fatalities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 70 workers died from backover incidents in 2011 and that average has remained similar in data covering a six-year period. Proper safety ... [Continue Reading]

Winter Weather Hazards: Safety Precautions for Cold and Snow

Working in cold weather and snow has many safety implications for construction workers and OSHA has specific regulations related to these hazards. Snow removal is typically a maintenance activity regulated under OSHA’s general industry standards, 29 CFR 1910, however, on construction sites where snow must be removed in order to begin or continue construction work, OSHA's ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program: The Benefits of Safety

Construction companies who are proactive in their health and safety programs should be aware of the benefits of recognition through OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program, (VPP), which recognizes employers who have maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. In addition to all the benefits of maintaining a well-documented safety ... [Continue Reading]

Live Wire: Safety Planning for Electrical Hazards

High voltage underground and overhead power lines are an ever-present danger in the construction industry. In fact, it counts among OSHA's "Fatal Four" in construction related deaths and injuries. Planning and managing work near electric overhead and underground power lines requires basic safety measures so that risks from accidental contact or close proximity to the lines are ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements Now in Effect

As we reported in October, OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements are now in effect. Here’s the information you need to know!     Many new categories of employers must now maintain and post OSHA injury and illness records going forward. Employers who were already covered must complete and post their 2014 annual summary by February 1, 2015 and keep it posted until April ... [Continue Reading]

Exit Strategies: Fire Hazards at the Worksite

Worker injuries and fatalities from fire hazards in the construction industry have decreased steadily in the last ten years, thanks to increased enforcement of building codes and safety standards. Nonetheless, fire safety violations are taken seriously and consistently by safety inspectors. In late 2014, an East Coast manufacturer was cited repeatedly by OSHA for worker ... [Continue Reading]