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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 […]


Nail guns are used every day on construction jobs. They are effective tools, but also cause tens of thousands of serious injuries each year. Nail gun safety is critical because more injuries to construction workers are caused by nail guns than any other tool. These injuries are often not reported or treated properly. SEVEN MAIN […]

First Aid Kits

Whether at home, work, or in vehicles, having a fully stocked and readily available first aid kit is a necessity. OSHA requires most businesses to provide adequate first aid supplies at the workplace. The quantities of supplies or kits will depend on the sizes and locations of workplaces as well as the number of employees. […]


Now that we are at the peak of tornado season, it’s important to be prepared in case of an event in your area. North America has more tornadoes than any other part of the world. They usually occur in the spring and the fall as weather changes, but are also caused by summer storms and […]

Spotting Safety: Scaffold Footing

We focused on the toprail requirements of a supported scaffold in the last Spotting Safety article, so let’s look at where the scaffold meets the ground to see why this photo, of wood blocks shimmed underneath a scaffold leg, doesn’t meet OSHA regulations. “Unstable objects shall not be used to support scaffolds or platform units.” 1926.451(c)(2)(ii) […]

May is American Stroke Month

Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. Strokes are the #4 cause of death in the U.S. (over 129,000 a year) and that number is expected to increase over 20% by the year 2030 The American Stroke Association (ASA) estimates that 80% of strokes are preventable and has designated May as American […]

Spotting Safety: Scaffolding Toprails

This photo of a man on a scaffold, re-bricking a chimney, crossed my desk from a friend who questioned whether the man should be wearing a fall protection harness. The truth is that, while a correctly used Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) is very effective, federal OSHA regulations don’t require it in this situation. According […]

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