Demolition Safety Planning

construction, demolition safety

3 min read Construction sites pose many hazards, and as OSHA puts it, demolition is “construction in reverse, with additional hazards.” Therefore, OSHA has dedicated extra time and attention recently to demolition safety, and it developed a resource page explaining the standards specifically related to this kind of work (29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart T). This emphasis on demolition safety … Read more

10 Places to Use Safety Signs & Labels in the Industrial Workplace

Safety Signs, Safety Labels

3 min read A visual workplace is one where information related to safety, rules, instructions, machines and other commonly asked questions is communicated through visuals like signs, labels, and “posters. Visual cues allow workers to easily see and understand what they need to do in many situations without needing to stop and ask questions. This type of workplace is … Read more

Methods for Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding

2 min read The industrial workplace is filled with machines, and many of them have sharp or moving parts that can pinch, crush and cut workers. Too often machines are even responsible for amputations and fatalities when proper procedures for performing maintenance (like lockout/tagout) aren’t followed. According to OSHA, about 18,000 amputations, lacerations and other injuries are sustained … Read more

Prevent Backover Accidents in Construction

construction

3 min read A recent review of fatalities at road construction sites by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 143 deaths between 2003 to 2010 were the result of being struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment that was backing up. Dump trucks were responsible for the greatest number of backover fatalities (84), but other vehicles like semis, … Read more

Five Quick Hazard Communication Improvements

Hazard Communication

3 min read A Hazard Communication Guide There are many times when a facility will take on major projects that are meant to make significant improvements toward a set goal. While these are a great and necessary thing, it can be equally beneficial to try to make improvements in a quick and simple way. If you want to … Read more

Fall Protection (Training Requirements)

Fall Protection Training Requirements

3 min read Essential Training Requirements for Fall Protection Providing proper training in the workplace is essential for keeping things running smoothly. While most types of training are necessary to ensure everyone is following standards and best practices, some of it is actually required by regulatory organizations like OSHA. One important area where you need to make sure … Read more

Construction’s Fatal Four

4 min read Construction sites pose many risks to employees ranging from contact with dangerous equipment to lifting heavy materials. It’s no surprise then that 19.3 percent of fatal workplace accidents in 2012 (806 of 4175) occurred in the construction industry. While fatal accidents can happen in a variety of situations, more than half of these accidents at construction … Read more

Use Tools Safely

tools, hand tools

2 min read Construction sites are filled with tools. Workers use hand tools like hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches all the time. They use power tools like drills and chainsaws on a regular basis, too. Tools may seem pretty straightforward, but you shouldn’t assume that everyone understands how to use tools properly and safely. (A recent survey even found … Read more