Safety in the Construction Industry

Nail gun safety page is aimed at reducing construction injuries

Plenty of resources available for contractors
July 17, 2013

Nail guns can boost productivity on a construction site, but they also cause tens of thousands of serious injuries each year. In fact, nail gun injuries hospitalize more construction workers than any other type of tool-related injury.

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Michaels enlists meteorologists in heat warning campaign

"His death was entirely preventable"
July 15, 2013

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health recently spoke to meteorologists and weather forecasters about OSHA's Heat Stress Awareness Campaign:

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Construction fall protection options are numerous – so why aren’t they used more?

ASSE journal article surveys types, explains resistance
July 11, 2013

It’s not news that falls from height cause the majority of work-related fatalities among residential construction workers (64 percent, according to a 2011 report by the BLS).

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OSHA’s construction confined space standard

Compare OSHA’s proposed standard to general industry rules
July 9, 2013
OSHA’s most recent Unified Agenda indicates that a final Confined Spaces in Construction rule could be coming soon.

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OSHA Q&A: steel erection work with unprotected surface edge

July 9, 2013

Question: At what distance from an unprotected side or edge does a worker, performing steel erection activities under 29 CFR 1926 Subpart R with a fall hazard greater than 15 feet, be required to have fall protection?

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Plan. Provide. Train. Three simple steps to preventing falls

July 8, 2013

OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) - Construction Sector on this nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved. Here's how:

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Five workers killed each week by falls

July 5, 2013

Working at heights carries risk. About five American construction workers are killed every week by falls from heights, 251 of them in 2011 alone. New data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) show you don’t have to fall very far for the fall to be deadly.

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17-year-old girl doing summer work falls to her death

July 4, 2013

This true tragedy is taken from the files of NIOSH’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program: A 17-year-old female laborer fell about 26 feet from a residential roof to a stone patio. Nine days later she died from her injuries. The victim was working for a construction company replacing a residential roof. (How common is this work? You and friends may have done this yourself.)

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Protecting construction workers from the summer heat

Tips from CPWR
July 3, 2013

Heat is a frequently underestimated occupational hazard of the construction industry, according to Pete Stafford, Executive Director of the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).

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OSHA offers free webinar on protecting temporary workers

Part of new initiative
July 2, 2013

OSHA will co-moderate a free webinar with the American Staffing Association at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 18, to discuss best practices for protecting temporary workers.

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