What comes to mind when you think of fall protection? Is it a harness, keeping a construction worker connected to a building? Or is it a device that alerts an emergency if a worker has fallen and is unconscious?
ARTBA has reminded the Biden administration of the transportation construction industry’s proactive steps to reduce heat-related illness and injuries.
Engineers from Purdue University say they have developed new technologies that enhance methods of detecting, identifying and quantifying chemicals in various work environments that might traditionally require lab analysis
As promised by OSHA’s Scott Ketchum at the NCCCO conference last fall, the compliance directive for the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard has finally been released.
When it comes to worker safety, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends implementing a hierarchy of controls plan to help prevent accidents before they happen by limiting workers’ exposure to hazards.
Birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and lawn mowers are revving. These are sure signs of warmer weather, but there’s another harbinger of summer: construction work.
Construction is the largest industry in the global economy, accounting for 13% of the world’s GDP. Tight profit margins, poor project delivery performance, and low levels of customer satisfaction have plagued the industry for years.
According to NIOSH, in the construction industry, falls make up more than 30 percent of fatalities. In 2020, 350 people died from falls. All of these deaths were preventable.
Available now through NETA’s online bookstore, ETT-2022 was created “to codify the experience, education, and training requirements necessary for an individual to obtain a level of competency as an electrical test technician”
Companies around the world are doubling their cultural efforts in a unique and challenging labor market. This is especially the case when it comes to placing a heightened emphasis on safer working conditions and practices. What’s driving this shift?
While investigating the recovery of electrical burn victims, researchers discovered a distressing truth about their data: the use of safety equipment, such as PPE and insulated tools, was alarmingly low.
Paced by a continuing increase in marijuana positivity rates, the positive drug test rate for U.S. workers reached its highest level in two decades in 2021
Flash fire is a serious hazard in many workplace environments.
OSHA is set to receive a $20 million increase in its fiscal year 2022 budget after President Joe Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2471) on March 15.
A roofing contractor has decided to ignore OSHA citations and fines by continuing to put workers at risk of serious fall hazards.
“Confined Space Entry is a leading cause of occupational fatalities within the United States!” Every year, more articles are generated on this subject.
A tragic incident in North Carolina has led to the deaths of two 19-year-old apprentices at an electrical construction company.
From powerline workers to electrical engineers to indoor electricians, there are many jobs associated with electricity in the construction industry.
An electrical risk assessment is made up of a shock risk assessment and an arc flash risk assessment.
Cold Formed Steel (CFS), also known as light gauge steel (LGS), construction is a practical, code approved solution to many of the limitations that builders face today when using traditional construction materials.
In 2020, 126 U.S. workers suffered fatal electrical injuries, a 24% decrease from the previous year, but nonfatal electrical injuries involving days away from work increased 17% over that same span
As the supply chain bounces back from pandemic-related deficiencies, construction professionals return to work, catching up on delayed projects.
According to a new study, unvaccinated adults were 23 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 during the omicron wave than adults who were vaccinated and boosted. This study further highlights the importance of coronavirus vaccination and booster shots.
Severe temperatures, poor ventilation, toxic gasses and extreme darkness – these are all common working conditions when operating in confined spaces.
Hammers, wrenches, chisels, pliers, screwdrivers, and other hand tools are often underrated as sources of potential danger. Hand tools may look harmless, but they are the cause of many injuries.
Prior to COVID-19, the average person probably didn’t even know what PPE meant.
Electrical safety is without question a critical component to a successful electrical installation. Yet many seem to have differing viewpoints on what is safe and what risks should be taken.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for one hour on Jan. 7 on OSHA’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccination, testing and masking, according to an order issued Dec. 22.
When it comes to taking the important first step in setting up your energy control procedures (OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard 1910.146), the sky is the limit.?Lockout/tagout (LOTO)?is?a key safety program?when working with any power source
The drop in temperature, weakening of the immune system and shortage of sunlight can produce seasonal respiratory diseases. Children and older adults are prone to the flu, asthma and lung problems during the winter months.
Every diligent safety manager preaches to his or her coworkers about the importance of speaking up when they anticipate or see danger on the job
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching during a surge in COVID-19 cases, there are precautions
The number of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses in the U.S private sector, as well as the nonfatal injury and illness rate, decreased slightly in 2020.
Some legal experts believe that resisting a vaccine mandate could be treated as equivalent to a voluntary resignation, which would disqualify an employee from receiving benefits.
Employers across all industries want to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. However, challenges tend to arise in sectors with higher injury risk, such as construction or manufacturing.
Doug Parker is OSHA’s first Senate-confirmed leader in nearly five years, after his nomination for assistant labor secretary was approved with a 50-41 vote Oct. 25.
Growing up post-Columbine, I have been acutely aware of the possibility of an active shooter situation for most of my life. The prospect has put me on edge and prevented me from concentrating on my studies or work.
Ask what the top dangers of construction work are, and you’ll get the same answers almost every time: falls, electrocution, caught-ins and struck-bys. Yet more construction workers die from suicide each year than every other workplace-related fatality combined.
There is no question that construction sites are?loud. Between the bulldozers rumbling across the ground, jackhammers breaking through concrete?or?saws cutting through metals?and woods, noise is almost impossible to avoid.?
OSHA is developing an emergency rule that will require employers with at least 100 workers to “ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week,” President Joe Biden announced Sept. 9.
Ask what the top dangers of construction work are and you’ll get the same answers almost every time: falls, electrocution, caught-ins and struck-bys. Yet more construction workers die from suicide each year than every other workplace-related fatality combined.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued updated guidance to help employers protect workers from the coronavirus.
A recent string of construction worker deaths has prompted the New York City Department of Buildings to begin conducting “zero-tolerance” safety sweeps at thousands of the largest and most complex construction sites in all five boroughs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning to take actions that will directly impact employers in the construction industry.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently made substantial changes to its National Emphasis Program (NEP) for COVID-19 that the agency kicked off earlier this year, including the removal of some industries from the list of targets for intensified inspection activities.
A well-accepted practice in major industries refers to the importance of training workers on how to do an activity in the safest possible way, as this will reduce their chances of being part of an incident with consequences such as injury, death, property damage, and loss of productivity.
The construction industry poses unique health and safety challenges for its workers. In fact, about one out of every five workplace deaths in calendar year 2019 were construction-related, according to OSHA.
Full body harnesses are critical elements of effective fall protection systems. Workers must understand how to properly wear and use full body harnesses when operating at height.
At the end of March, President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, The American Jobs Plan, which called for large-scale investments in manufacturing, research, worker training, and protection systems, among other priority spending proposals to rebuild and revitalize American infrastructure.
The rate of nonfatal construction worker injuries resulting from struck-by incidents decreased 20% over a recent nine-year period
Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.
We all know the importance of protecting an employee working at heights; we routinely use PPE such as full body harnesses, self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) and lanyards for fall protection to prevent workers from being injured in a fall. But there is another kind of “fall hazard” that is dangerous to other workers on the ground, working underneath and around an elevated jobsite: falling objects.
The American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor conducted an online survey by the Harris Poll among 2,055 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The study shows 54 percent of adults cite barriers preventing them from returning to “brick-and-mortar” work locations during the pandemic.
We are diving into all things hand protection during today’s episode!
The 23 pages of comments were compiled over the past few months and are the product of input received from ATSSA’s technical committees, MUTCD Chat Lounges during February’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Device (NCUTCD) committee meetings and other conferences attended by ATSSA.
Each year in April, the construction industry claims one week out of the month as Work Zone Awareness Week. The goal of this campaign is to broaden the understanding of a driver's role in keeping workers safe. It's an issue more important than ever as work zone crashes and fatalities are on the rise.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many changes in how people work. Some of them, such as limited social gatherings and mandatory face coverings, are likely to be temporary while others may remain for the foreseeable future. Check out eight workplace trends NSC identified impacting the future of work.
Employers of essential workers can use the following materials to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. You can add your own logos and customize the text to make it appropriate for your organization.
Time might play a larger part in the likelihood of a traumatic injury in the construction industry than previously thought. According to a study done by Oregon State University, construction workers are mostly likely to suffer traumatic injuries during the first four hours of their shift, and those who work evenings or night shifts experience more severe injuries than their day-shift counterparts.
Ready for a new weekly episode of OH&S SafetyPod? On this Safety Speak mini episode of the podcast we dive into the new OSHA guidance on reducing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace
Most businesses face the possibility of worker accidents and potential injuries. In all likelihood, they have a safety department or an assigned person to oversee and manage such possible outcomes. Traditionally, the management of safety involved complied with the company safety program.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced adjustments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts for serious and other-than-serious safety violations based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.
OSHA is reminding employers to submit their 2020 Form 300A data by March 2. According to an agency press release, the time frame to submit the data has begun.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued respiratory protection guidance focused on protecting workers in nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities (LTCFs) from occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus.