Safety in the Construction Industry

One man’s fall protection crusade

It’s “a moral choice”
May 16, 2013

It isn’t often that the results of one’s safety efforts in the workplace are easily measured, but in the case of Jeremy Bethancourt, that measurement is 11. And counting. Since the Arizona businessman began developing and implementing strengthened fall procedures at Scottsdale, Arizona-based LeBlanc Building Co. in 2006, 11 construction workers employed by LeBlanc have had falls arrested, saving them from likely serious injury or death.


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Dramatic fall prevention videos available online

True stories of fatalities can help train workers
May 3, 2013

Two short, dramatic worker safety videos presenting the hazard of fatal falls on the job are now available online. Produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the videos illustrate true stories about the death of a worker who fell through a skylight and a solar installer who fell off a roof.


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BLS: Workplace deaths in U.S. down slightly

Roadway incidents accounted for 1,000+ cases in 2011
May 2, 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data last week showing that the final count of fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2011 was 4,693 -- the third lowest annual total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992.


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OSHA releases bilingual ladder safety booklet

“Falling off Ladders Can Kill”
May 1, 2013

Just in time for the spring and summer construction season, OSHA has produced a new bilingual English-Spanish booklet, "Falling off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely."


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St. Louis roofing co. cited six times for same fall protection violation

Fourteen feet up without fall arrest systems
April 30, 2013

OSHA has cited roofing contractor KG Framing and Construction LLC with 12 safety violations, including one willful and three repeat, for failing to provide roofers with protection from falls at a commercial shopping site in Maryland Heights.


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U.S. construction industry – economics, demographics, more – illustrated in the Construction Chart Book

Green construction, employment outlook, OSHA citations, hazard risks by trade, among new topics in expanded fifth edition
April 25, 2013

The Center for Construction Research and Training has released the fifth edition of The Construction Chart Book: The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers. The 142-page book presents the most complete data available on all facets of the U.S. construction industry: economic, demographic, employment/income, education/training, and safety and health issues.


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Study finds high rate of construction work zone crashes in U.S.

Drivers, passengers more likely to die than construction workers
April 16, 2013

Thirty-eight percent of highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).


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Georgia construction workers to stand down for safety

Event emphasizes work zone safety training
April 15, 2013

Workers at many Georgia construction sites are participating in a safety stand-down that started today and runs through April 19th – which also happens to be National Highway Work Zone Awareness Week.


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Indiana puts focus on roadway worker safety

New state program encourages contractors to develop work zone safety programs
April 8, 2013

The Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) has launched a statewide safety initiative aimed at reducing workplace transportation-related deaths. In 2012, three Hoosier construction workers were killed while in a work zone.


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Worker paralyzed after 20’ fall

Ryan Roofing Inc. in Salina, Kansas cited by OSHA
April 5, 2013

Six months after an accident that resulted in a worker being paralyzed, OSHA has concluded its investigation into the incident and issued three citations against the employer, Ryan Roofing Inc. The worker is paralyzed after falling 20 feet from the roof of a commercial building the company was replacing on Oct. 3, 2012.


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