Machinery Safety and the Benefits of Prevention

One of the largest OSHA penalties was filed against a company last month, to the tune of $3.4 million, for its failure to disconnect machinery from a power supply, prevent sudden movement before maintenance and failure to proper training for workers to operate machinery safely. OSHA found that the company did not take the necessary steps to protect its workers from being ... [Continue Reading]

Electrical Hazards: Keeping Workers Safe from Live Wires

Working around electrical lines is a daily hazard for the construction industry and the standards for safety continue to be updated. Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution and for these reasons, OSHA has specific standards for these types of dangerous situations. Some citations will be delayed until early January 2017, but they should be standard practice ... [Continue Reading]

No Way Out: Dangers of Blocked Exit Routes

Penalties for not having proper exit routes, or those that are blocked, can have serious consequences for employers. This month, OSHA fined a major retailer upwards of $101,000 for safety violations including repeated blockage of safe exit routes. An exit route is a continuous and unobstructed path of exit travel from any point within a workplace to a place of safety. ... [Continue Reading]

The Hazards of Heat: Preparing for Summer

When the mercury rises, construction workers become at risk for a host of heat-related illnesses and injury. Site managers should be vigilant about protecting workers who are exposed to elevated temperatures. Heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body can no longer rid itself of excess heat and should be treated immediately by medical ... [Continue Reading]

Lead Hazards and Respiratory Requirements

Although lead-based paint has been banned since the 1970s, respiratory risks to construction workers continue to make headlines. OSHA estimates that more than 800,000 workers in general industry and construction are potentially exposed to lead. Workers are exposed to lead as a result of the maintenance, recycling, and disposal of lead material and products. This month, OSHA ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA Issues New Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

In an effort to underscore the importance of recordkeeping in dangerous workplace environments, OSHA has this week issued a final rule regarding the compliance requirements of employers. Specifically for those companies with 250 or more employees in certain industries. Under the new rule, employers in high-hazard industries are required to send OSHA injury and illness data, ... [Continue Reading]

Hazards of Confined Spaces Continue to Raise Concern

The hazards of confined spaces continue to make headlines, and this month has been no exception. OSHA’s ruling last year has been priority as confined spaces in construction present physical and atmospheric hazards that can be avoided if they are recognized and addressed prior to entering these spaces to perform work. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening ... [Continue Reading]

State Safety Plans: Know Your Jurisdiction

There are 28 OSHA-approved state plans: safety and health programs operated by individual states instead of federal OSHA. Section 18 of the OSH Act encourages states to develop and operate their own job safety and health programs. The OSH Act of 1970 and 29 CFR Part 1956 allow states and territories to establish plans that cover only state and local government employees - ... [Continue Reading]

National “Stand Down for Safety” Scheduled for May 2-6

Last year, more than 2.5 million workers participated in OSHA’s national “Stand Down for Safety” program to highlight the importance of fall protection in the construction industry. Injuries and fatalities from falls continue to lead the hazards in this industry as well as making it one of OSHA’s top 10 most frequently causes for citation, several years running. This year, OSHA ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA Issues New Final Rule for Eye and Face Protection

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. OSHA reports that eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. Among the most common hazards for eye and face injury are flying objects ... [Continue Reading]