Working with Electricity: Our Industry’s Greatest Risk

Electricity is among the most serious workplace hazards, exposing workers to the risk of electric shock, electrocution, burns, fires, and explosions. Of all the occupational fatalities that occurred from 2003-2010, more than 1,700 of those were due to contact with electric current, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. The construction industry had the ... [Continue Reading]

4 Things to Know About Confined Space Entry

Storage tanks, manholes, tunnels — confined spaces pose particular occupational safety risks. By design, confined spaces have limited access points and ventilation, and are not intended for workers to occupy for long periods of time. Not only is there danger of entrapment because the tight quarters affect how workers can enter, exit, and work in these spaces, there’s also the ... [Continue Reading]

Training Is Key to Aerial Lift Safety

Aerial lifts, or any vehicle-mounted device used to elevate workers, have replaced ladders and scaffolding on many construction sites due to their mobility and flexibility. We see them, in fact, in many places—cherry picker platforms, bucket trucks, extendable boom platforms, aerial ladders, and vertical towers. Like ladders, scaffolds, or any other equipment that assists ... [Continue Reading]

How to Report Construction Accidents and Incidents to OSHA

Construction accidents are declining, and that’s good news for all of us in the industry. In the past four decades, workplace fatalities have decreased by more than 65 percent, and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent, according to OSHA. Still, plenty of accidents happen on construction sites — and employers need to know what steps to take when they ... [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]