We know falls in the workplace are preventable and yet falls remain the leading cause of death in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 300,000 workers in the United States sustained nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in 2015. Fatalities caused by falls from heights in construction accounted for […]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued the 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP) for stormwater discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, replacing the 2012 permit. Under this new permit, you may now be exposed to liability for someone else’s noncompliance if you are a builder or developer on a site […]
In keeping with current trends in regulatory enforcement, Cal/OSHA has cited both a general contractor and a subcontractor for a confined space incident that led to a worker’s death in October 2016.
Deaths from falls are preventable. That’s the bottom-line message of OSHA’s Fourth Annual National Fall Prevention Stand-Down, taking place May 8–12. Join employers across the country in raising awareness that could lead to improved practices and fewer incidents.
OSHA says the deaths of two employees in a tragic trench accident could have been prevented if a drain cleaning company had provided basic safeguards and training.
On May 8-12, OSHA will hold its fourth annual National Fall Prevention Stand-Down. Aimed at raising awareness of fall hazards in the construction industry, OSHA describes the event as “an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals.” Keep reading to find out […]
A Washington State construction company faces a large fine for numerous repeated safety violations that exposed workers to potential falls and other hazards at a residential construction site in Olympia.
Oregon has changed its fall protection requirements for construction employers. Make sure your supervisors are aware and your crews are in compliance.
A coalition of safety advocates and labor groups in New York has released a report they say underscores the need for action on construction fatalities in the state. Find out what’s in the report and what the group wants to see changed.
Acting on a complaint in June 2016, the OSHA found employees of one of the area’s largest general contractors working in an unprotected 10-foot deep excavation at a suburban New Jersey high school, in violation of federal safety and health laws. As a result, OSHA issued citations for nine violations—one willful and eight serious—to the […]