Category: Construction

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Renewed OSHA Alliance Protects Women in Construction

Women in construction are in the minority by a wide margin, and for that reason face safety and health challenges typically not encountered by men.  OSHA has recognized the disparity and the associated risks. Accordingly, in 2013, the agency formed an alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), which the two parties […]

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Uptick in New York Construction Fatalities Revealed by Report

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) has released its latest construction fatality findings. “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State” cites “alarming increases in New York State construction fatalities.” The document also notes that “employers routinely violate legal regulations with impunity.”

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Fatality Leads to Citations, Fines for Foundation Builder

OSHA has cited and fined a Massachusetts foundation company for failing to protect employees against crushing hazards installing permanent foundation supports beneath a public library. The company faces more than $212,000 in proposed penalties.

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A Closer Look: Building a Safer Workplace with UAVs

What’s the most dangerous thing your workers do? Do they climb communication towers? Do they enter hazardous environments or situations? Do they travel on rough terrain? What if you could automate those tasks in ways that kept your employees out of harm’s way? What if, by doing so, you could significantly increase the efficiency and […]

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Jail for a Project Manager

Here’s a nightmare scenario for any environment, health, and safety (EHS) manager: A project manager at a California construction site where an unsupported excavation caved in and killed a worker is going to jail. Let’s take a look at what happened and how the death and the jail sentence could have been avoided.

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Ergonomics the Focus of OSHA Construction Roundtable

OSHA’s Alliance Program Construction Roundtable is a forum for employers to share information and address challenges. Participants represent organizations in OSHA’s construction alliance program. In a recent blog post, Dr. John W. Mroszczyk provided an update on the work of the group and shared statistics about ongoing challenges the industry faces.

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Big Apple Ups the Ante on Construction Worker Safety

The New York City Council recently passed legislation that significantly increases training that will be required for construction workers in the City. With new regulations from federal OSHA unlikely in the near future, your state or local government may be looking around for ideas to improve worker protections. Let’s take a look at the new […]

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Crane Operators: OSHA Seeks (Yet Another) Deadline Extension for Certification

OSHA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend employers’ responsibility to ensure crane operator certification to November 10, 2018. In September 2014, OSHA extended implementation of a final rule for crane operator certification requirements for three years. The rule also extended an employer’s responsibility to ensure that individuals are competent to operate a […]

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OSHA Cites Contractor for Trench Violations

Just a month after a worker died while working in an unprotected trench, OSHA inspectors found another employee of the same Missouri plumbing contractor working in an unprotected trench at another jobsite. OSHA inspectors found that, in both cases, the contractor failed to provide basic safeguards to prevent trench collapse and did not train employees […]

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