Posted on 4/28/2017 11:07 AM By Michael Lands
While weather is completely out of a contractor’s control, advances in technology have allowed inclement conditions to be better predicted—increasing worker safety, improving productivity and driving profitability. In an industry that is always on the go, companies adopting innovative technology early on can create more effective and efficient workplaces and jobsites.
Both skilled and unskilled workers engage in a number of activities that put them at risk of injury and expose them to serious hazards even before factoring in dangerous weather conditions. Safety incidents or onsite injuries should never be a factor in finishing a project on time. When working outdoors, supervisors should continuously monitor weather conditions to keep their crews safe.
Posted on 3/31/2017 8:30 AM By Maggie Murphy
"M. Davis & Sons is a fifth generation construction company that builds, installs and maintains corporate plants and facilities for national and international companies. M. Davis began as a tinsmith shop in 1870 and has evolved into a company that services Fortune 500 companies.
Our mission statement says it all: To provide quality services to our clients while providing satisfaction, security and a safe workplace for our team. At the end of the day, we want our team members to return to their families."
Posted on 3/30/2017 12:19 PM By Lauren Pinch
In this spotlight on crane safety, Construction Executive interviewed Hank Dutton, Travelers’ senior technical specialist for construction and risk control, on the impact of OSHA’s new certification requirements for crane operators.
Posted on 3/30/2017 8:37 AM By Dwayne S. Hartman
In March 2016, OSHA issued its long-anticipated final rule on respirable crystalline silica with two separate standards, one for the construction industry and the other for general industry plus maritime. The effective date was June 23, 2016; construction must be in full compliance by September 23, 2017, and general industry and maritime by June 23, 2018.
As the clock continues to tick down to September 23, now is the time for contractors to begin planning their compliance approach. The requirements of the silica standard apply to all occupational exposures to airborne respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, except where employee exposure would remain very low.
Posted on 3/2/2017 7:54 AM By Maggie Murphy
OSHA recently issued “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction,” a document intended to help small and medium contractors that may not have safety and health specialists on staff to create proactive safety programs. The recommendations are purely advisory and do not change any existing obligations tied to OSHA standards or create new legal obligations.
Posted on 3/1/2017 8:44 AM By Jake Morin
Construction managers help shoulder the responsibility of safety, ensuring the appropriate measures have been integrated into all aspects of the construction process while combatting the pressures of time, labor, cost, scope and quality. With the advent of new technologies, in addition to the right partners and resources, construction managers are more equipped than ever to tackle safety and minimize risk exposure.
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.