Posted on 1/27/2017 10:33 AM By Maggie Murphy
Twenty-three workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016, according to OSHA, compared to 11 in 2015. Trench collapses are rarely survivable, as 1 cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds.
Posted on 11/3/2016 10:53 AM By Mike Cifone
When safety issues become a factor in a contractor’s ability to finish a project, the surety starts to question what other issues might be out there that could have a negative impact on the contractor’s ability to complete the project.
Posted on 8/24/2016 12:31 PM By Terence Douglas
Cloud-based JHA tools are gaining ground in helping construction companies scale limited safety resources. Through the use of wireless smart devices, subscribers to cloud-based JHA tools can develop and manage a company’s entire library of JHAs from the hood of a truck at the construction site or from their desk anywhere in the world.
Posted on 8/24/2016 11:08 AM By Joanna Masterson
OSHA has delayed enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its electronic injury reporting final rule from Aug. 10 to Nov. 1. Just days before the announcement, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), TEXO and a coalition of stakeholders filed a lawsuit challenging the rule’s anti-retaliation provisions, which will limit some forms of post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs by deeming them to be unlawfully retaliatory.
Posted on 8/8/2016 4:15 PM By Joanna Masterson
Join Construction Executive (@ConstructionMag) in a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (EST) to learn about and share expertise on the topic of workplace safety. Follow the hashtag #HRTailgate to engage in a discussion on how organizations can create a safety-conscious culture, how companies keep employees abreast of safety requirements, the safety challenges that are top of mind in the construction industry, and more.
Posted on 7/26/2016 12:17 PM By Joanna Masterson
In the construction industry, strains and sprains were the most frequently reported injury (28 percent of the total), and they caused workers to miss an average of 57 workdays.
Posted on 7/18/2016 7:51 PM By Joanna Masterson
Effective Aug. 10, companies in high-hazard industries (including construction) with at least 20 employees must electronically submit injury and illness information, which OSHA will then post on its website.
Posted on 7/18/2016 7:45 PM By Joanna Masterson
ABC's 2016 Safety Performance Report documents how proactive safety practices can dramatically reduce recordable incidents up to 86 percent, making the best-performing companies 720 percent safer than the industry average.
Posted on 7/7/2016 6:31 PM By Doug Heywood
OSHA is shifting its inspection process to a more complex and potentially invasive audit. Under the new inspection criteria, OSHA could be at a business for days instead of hours.
Posted on 5/26/2016 7:46 AM By Stan Tyrrell
Temporary cooling solutions such as cooling towers, chillers and air conditioners allow construction companies to prevent project delays, increase worker safety and improve their balance sheet by avoiding high-cost capital expenditure commitments on short- to mid-term duration needs.