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 assist residential construction companies in achieving compliance with this standard, OSHA has published helpful guidance documents. To further educate contractors …

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Respiratory Protection – 5 Tips to Keep your Employees Healthy

Respiratory Protection Safety Sign

When looking at workplace safety on construction sites, most people focus on things like fall protection and avoiding objects being dropped from above. While these are certainly important hazards, they are not the only ones. On many construction job sites, one of the biggest types of hazards is actually breathing. This is because there is often a lot of chemicals, vapors, and other potentially toxic things that are in the air. In addition, saws and …

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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 of investigative articles about lead poisoning at shooting ranges across the country and found that workers and in some cases patrons …

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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 entering them. One example of a tragic accident involving a confined space occurred at Precision Industrial Maintenance Inc. of Albany, New …

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Fall Prevention – 5 Reason why Prevention is better than Protection

Fall Prevention

One of the most common, and potentially most dangerous, types of accidents in most workplaces is related to falling. Whether this means falling down stairs, falling from great heights or just tripping and falling, it is important to make sure to take precautions in order to minimize this risk. Most facilities do a fairly good job with fall protection by using harnesses (such as the Miller Harnesses) and other safety devices to help catch people …

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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. Using visuals like labels makes communication direct and simple, and it reduces the need for asking questions about pipe contents.  …

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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 on icy patches of ground, keeping cords out of walkways and installing traction tape. But what can workers do to …

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Is Being OSHA Compliant Good Enough

Most facilities spend a lot of time, effort and financial resources working to remain compliant with regulations from OSHA and other organizations. While this is good, and certainly necessary, it is important to ask whether it is sufficient. The regulatory organizations provide guidelines and requirements that are meant to be the minimum acceptable levels of safety. In order to help keep employees and the facility itself as safe as possible, however, it is a good …

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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 came in the wake of a series of fatal accidents including the collapse of a four-story building undergoing demolition in …

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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 by employees who work around machines each year. To prevent these accidents, workplaces should install machine guards that prevent workers …

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