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RESPIRATORY HAZARDS IN CONSTRUCTION

There are many widely recognized hazards associated with construction work; falls, equipment and tools, and noise. In addition to these however, it’s important to be aware of respiratory hazards at the work site. Aside from the ever present exposure to dust, there are other respiratory hazards that can put workers at risk. Employees engaged in […]


I2P2 Requirement

Although OSHA has announced a delay in the publication of its I2P2 requirement, like most other efforts, it’s just a matter of time. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program publication will most likely expand on the current Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and establish minimum I2P2 requirements nationwide. Fifteen states already have legislation requiring companies to […]


DON’T START A FIRE

It seems like an obvious statement, don’t start a fire, but starting one may be much easier than you think. Routine activities, when done in the right conditions, can start a fire before you know it. Fires can be started at a construction site by a variety of sources, and everyone needs to be aware […]


Outdoor Summer Work

Working outdoors during the summer presents a number of hazards, many of which are overlooked. Summer health risks for workers include the following: Heat The most obvious hazard of outdoor summer work is the heat. Heat illness from exposure to high temperatures and humidity, as well as UV exposure, can lead to serious injuries/illnesses. Employers […]


MSD INJURIES

Overexertion Injuries are the most common workplace injury. These are usually caused by pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. These are referred to as musculoskeletal disorders or MSD injuries. Overexertion is consistently the number one workplace injury, and the most expensive, costing around $3.4 million a year in benefits. MSD injuries […]


IS YOUR HARD HAT SAFE?

Hard hats are a crucial piece of your employees PPE, but how safe is it? Because they are durable, hard hat safety is easy to overlook.  ANSI statute Z89.1-2009 requires that all approved hard hats be marked with their manufacture date as well as their class designation. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the suspension system of […]


Final Ruling Updates Several Regulations Regarding Electrical Power

An April 2014 final ruling by OSHA that changed regulations in Construction’s Subpart V – Power Transmission and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment. The General Industry Electrical Protective Equipment standard also changed. These changes will affect electric utilities and construction contractors hired by them, manufacturers and other industries that own or operate their own electric […]


UV Injuries

Working out in the sun, especially in summer, exposes workers to the highest concentration of UV rays, although working outdoors in areas of snow and light-colored sand also increase the risk of sunburn. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible part of sunlight. These rays can penetrate and change the structure of skin cells. The most […]


OSHA Regulates Fun in This Classic Video Game

It’s 1983, and you’re fueled by cupcakes and an unshakable belief in the workplace ethos. You are Mack in Hard Hat Mack, a classic video game from Electronic Arts. While Electronic Arts is a well-known multi-million dollar video game developer, marketer, publisher and distributor today, in the early 80s they were trying to carve a […]


How Cell Phone Use While Driving Laws Vary

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) says that you are three times more likely to get into a crash when distracted while using a cell phone. At the end of 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said about 421,000 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012. Distracted driving involves […]


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