Category: Construction

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 […]


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 […]


Three Steps to Prevent Falls in Construction

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 […]


Do You Have Increased Liability Under New Construction Stormwater Permits?

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 […]


Join OSHA’s Stand-Down This Week to Stand Up for Safety

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.


Fourth Annual Fall Prevention Stand-Down Coming in May

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 […]


Construction Company Faces Six-Figure Fines

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.