Category: Construction

OSHA Cites Subcontractor for Asbestos Exposures in Hospital Demolition

Chicago-area subcontractor K.L.F. Enterprises faces $392,002 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for exposing its employees and others to asbestos during the structural demolition of a Waukegan, Illinois, hospital, the agency announced May 15. Agency investigators observed K.L.F. employees not wearing protective equipment amid piles of debris and steel I-beams during the structural […]

Missouri Roofer Facing $258K OSHA Fine

Missouri roofing contractor 13 Construction & Pro Services LLC faces $258,063 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for illegally exposing roofing workers to the dangers of fall hazards—five times in seven weeks at six Wentzville, Missouri, residential building sites, the agency announced May 7. OSHA inspectors opened investigations after observing 13 Construction & […]

EHS On Tap E202: Clearing Up the Confusion About Head Protection

On episode 202 of EHS On Tap, Cam Mackey, President and CEO of the International Safety Equipment Association, and Ray Chishti, Senior EHS Editor with J.J. Keller, talk about clearing up the confusion about worker head protection.

Florida Contractors Cited in Fatal Crane Accident

Two Florida contractors, Adcock Cranes Inc. of Plant City and Tampa-based Concrete Impressions of Florida Inc., are facing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations and fines after an aerial lift operator suffered fatal injuries from being struck by a boom as a crane tipped over during work on an Orlando highway ramp. A Concrete Impressions […]

Guam Contractor Faces $1 Million OSHA Fine

Guam contractor Giant Construction Corp. faces $1,038,918 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for trenching violations. Federal inspectors found employees working in trenches deeper than 5 feet without required safety equipment. Giant Construction, a Tamuning contractor, was installing sewer lines in multiple trenches at a worksite in the Palisades Subdivision Project in Tiyan. […]

A Closer Look at Construction Stormwater General Permits

Most contractors are familiar with pulling construction stormwater general permits (CGP) when a project will disturb more than 1 acre of land. However, it’s also important to note there are some instances when a permit is still required on projects that “disturb” less than an acre of land. Additionally, some projects also require federal and […]

Today’s Top Tech to Support the Construction Jobsite

In the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry, technological advancements continue to revolutionize the way projects are planned, executed, and managed. From groundbreaking innovations to smart solutions, construction professionals are increasingly relying on cutting-edge technologies to enhance safety, efficiency, and overall productivity on the jobsite. Three tech trends Here are the three technology trends shaping […]

NIOSH Observing Road Work Zone ‘Stand-Down’

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its partners will observe a National Work Zone Awareness Week from April 15 to April 19 focused on the safety of road construction workers, Director John Howard announced March 4 in the institute’s eNews newsletter. The event aims to encourage safe driving through highway work […]

ASSP Publishes Standard Addressing Heat Stress in Construction

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has published the first national voluntary consensus standard addressing heat stress for workers in construction and demolition operations. “This new industry consensus standard is an important development because there is no federal regulation focused on heat stress,” said ASSP President Jim Thornton, CSP, CIH, FASSP, FAIHA, in a […]

Back to Basics: Silica Hazards, Compliance, and Enforcement

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine silica hazards and compliance with related OSHA standards. Silica shows up in materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar and is used to make artificial stone, bricks, ceramics, glass, and pottery. Respirable […]