Whistleblowing Provisions and Construction Safety

OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the whistleblower provisions of more than twenty whistleblower statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety and health laws. Unsafe working conditions, faulty equipment or lack of training are just a few of the conditions employees can cite in an OSHA complaint. Protection from discrimination ... [Continue Reading]

Drilling and Vibration Hazards in Construction

Drilling concrete and other surfaces can cause a myriad of injury to workers, especially over time. Not only does hand-arm vibration exposure contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, but whole-body vibration can lead to debilitating low back injury and long-term medical problems. Safety experts warn that stationary postures or excessive movement of any type can stress the spine ... [Continue Reading]

New Beryllium Rule Comes Into Effect

OSHA’s final rule on exposure to beryllium in general and construction industries comes into effect on May 11th, 2018. About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium in their workplaces, including approximately 11,500 construction and shipyard workers who may conduct abrasive blasting operations using slags that contain trace amounts of beryllium. The element beryllium is a ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Measures for Excavation Work

No matter how many trenching, shoring, and back filling jobs an employer has done in the past, it is important to approach each new job with care and preparation. Many on-the-job incidents result from inadequate initial planning. Waiting until after the work starts to correct mistakes in shoring or sloping slows down the operation, adds to the cost of the project, and makes a ... [Continue Reading]

DSS Expands Offices to Eastern Shore

Diversified Safety Services has expanded its operations to a new Eastern Shore division in Salisbury, Md. This new location will offer all the same high quality services from our team of certified consultants and quality programs to fit your compliance needs. Through complete risk management services, we are best equipped to assist you keep your worksite safe and compliant. ... [Continue Reading]

The Hazards of High Winds

When March comes in like a lion as it has this year, high winds pose especially dangerous conditions for construction workers. There are numerous statistics of injuries and death caused by working in these conditions and one of the primary culprits of accidents is the sudden and unpredictable event of flying debris during a high wind gust. OSHA routinely considers high winds ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Measures for Machine Guarding

Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries and in addition to the lockout/tagout procedures that we have covered, machine guarding is also an essential safety measure that employers need to adhere to. As OSHA and other safety agencies require, any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation ... [Continue Reading]

Recordkeeping for Compliance

In the construction industry, employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Starting this month until April, a summary of the work-related injuries from 2017, are also required to be prominently displayed in the workplace. Although minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded, OSHA ... [Continue Reading]

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]