New Fall Protection Website for Residential Construction Workers

House Being Built

Falls are the number one cause of fatal accidents in construction, with these deaths accounting for 36.9 percent of construction fatalities in 2013. Many of these deaths occur in residential construction, and beginning in 2010, OSHA began enforcing its fall protection standard for all residential construction sites, not just commercial construction sites (see 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13)). To … Read moreNew Fall Protection Website for Residential Construction Workers

Lead Hazards in the Workplace

The hazards of lead are well known, so people may assume exposures to this dangerous metal have been reduced. To a certain extent to this true; lead levels in the general population have decreased since the 1970s. In some workplaces, though, lead continues to be a serious problem. The Seattle Times recently published a series … Read moreLead Hazards in the Workplace

Permit-Required Confined Spaces – Do You Know What They Are?

Confined Space

Confined spaces in the workplace are common, and they may even be more common than you think. For example, sewers, storage bins and tanks can all be confined spaces, but in many cases so are silos and open pits. Some confined spaces may not pose great harm, but others can be very dangerous to anyone … Read morePermit-Required Confined Spaces – Do You Know What They Are?

Pipe Marking – 7 Things You Should Know

Pipe Marking, Pipe Labels

Does your facility have pipes? If so, those pipes need labels. While pipe labeling may seem like a confusing process with many requirements, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Starting with a plan will make your pipe-labeling project easier and more organized. Then once your facility’s pipes are labeled, you’ll see communication about pipes improve. … Read morePipe Marking – 7 Things You Should Know

How to Fall Safely (and Avoid Falling in the First Place)

Fall Safely, Fall Prevention

Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents in many kinds of workplaces, and these incidents often result in injuries that prevent people from doing their jobs. Businesses should take steps to reduce the hazards that cause slips, trips and falls such as implementing housekeeping procedures for floors, using salt or sand … Read moreHow to Fall Safely (and Avoid Falling in the First Place)

Demolition Safety Planning

construction, demolition safety

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 moreDemolition Safety Planning

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

Safety Signs, Safety Labels

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 more10 Places to Use Safety Signs & Labels in the Industrial Workplace

Methods for Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding

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 moreMethods for Machine Guarding

Prevent Backover Accidents in Construction

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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 morePrevent Backover Accidents in Construction

Construction’s Fatal Four

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 moreConstruction’s Fatal Four