PPE and Respiratory Safety

Millions of workers are required to wear respirators in various workplaces including construction. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment and diseases. OSHA recently cited an Ohio manufacturing company for exposing employees to ... [Continue Reading]

Construction Safety and Highway Traffic

Construction work that is in close proximity to highway traffic poses real safety threats to workers and preventative measures and training is of extreme importance. Struck-by injuries and caught between are the common hazards in these situations. Construction workers around highways and roads not only risk injury from passing motorists but also from movement within the work ... [Continue Reading]

Acclimation: The Key to Hot Weather Work

As unpredictable as the weather is in the Maryland area, heat threats are real, especially for construction workers. The key, say health experts, is to gradually expose workers to hot summer conditions, with ample breaks, rather than putting the strain of strenuous work on the body out of the blue. Much like an athlete builds up stamina, construction workers will gradually ... [Continue Reading]

Preventing Backover Accidents in Construction

A backover incident occurs when a backing vehicle strikes a worker who is standing, walking, or kneeling behind the vehicle. These incidents can be prevented. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, scores of workers die from backover incidents each year. These kinds of incidents can occur in different ways. Backover accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. ... [Continue Reading]

Fundamentals of Demolition Safety

Demolition, the dismantling, razing, destroying or wrecking of any building, is often referred to as construction in reverse. Demolition work involves many of the hazards associated with construction, however there are additional hazards due to unknown factors which makes demolition work particularly dangerous. These may include: Changes from the structure's design ... [Continue Reading]

Safety in Confined Spaces

Confined spaces - such as manholes, crawl spaces, and tanks - are not designed for continuous occupancy and are difficult to exit in the event of an emergency. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. Before it begins work at a worksite, each employer must ensure that a competent ... [Continue Reading]

Proactive Safety: Emergency Action Plans

An emergency action plan (EAP) is designed to facilitate and organize employer and worker actions during workplace emergencies. Disorganized evacuations or poor emergency response can lead to injuries, illness and property damage. Two OSHA standards (29 CFR 1910.38(a)and 29 CFR 1926.35) require written EAPs. Putting together a comprehensive emergency action plan involves ... [Continue Reading]

Crane Safety in Hazardous Winds

There are many different types of cranes on construction sites, all with specific manufacturer safety specifications. However, in light of the tragic crane accident in Seattle recently, it is worth reviewing some fundamental safety measures and regulations. Crane operators must now be certified or licensed and receive ongoing training to operate new equipment. According to ... [Continue Reading]

Fall Prevention Stand-Down Scheduled for May

The 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down will be held May 6-10 this year, sponsored by OSHA and other occupational safety organizations. The week-long event will focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry. The national stand-down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the ... [Continue Reading]

Safety Measures for Underground Electrical Lines

Recently some businesses in Baltimore County experienced power outages after a contractor stuck an underground electrical line, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. Twelve businesses were affected by the damaged electrical line and several have been shut down from smoke and other issues, the fire department reported. There are specific guidelines for ... [Continue Reading]