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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]

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