Safety in the Construction Industry

OSHA and NIOSH to co-host free webinar on preventing falls in construction

Registration now open
April 3, 2013

At 11 a.m. EST on April 10, OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Occupational Research Agenda Construction Sector Council will co-moderate a free webinar on preventing deadly falls in construction.


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Eliminating construction’s “Fatal Four” would save hundreds of lives

Falls down, but still at top of list
March 25, 2013

OSHA says that if the construction industry focused on eliminating the top four causes of fatalities among workers, 410 worker fatalities a year could be prevented.  Out of 4,114 worker fatalities in private industry in 2011, 721 (17.5 percent) were in construction.


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Meetings for crane operator requirements scheduled

Standard requires operators to be certified by November 2014
March 25, 2013

Stakeholders who are interested in contributing their opinions to OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard are invited to a meeting on April 3, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. (Two meetings already scheduled for April 2 and 3 are full.)


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Roofing worker breaks neck in fall

Conte Roofing Co. cited
March 21, 2013

A call from the Moonachie, NJ Police Department last October alerted OSHA to a serious accident at a worksite – caused by a hazard that the agency has focused considerable resources on reducing.


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Union teams up with OSHA to protect iron workers

Covers health, training, fall prevention awareness
March 20, 2013

The Steel Erectors Association of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity Inc. and the Iron Workers Local Union No. 401 have renewed an alliance with OSHA designed to to promote workplace safety and health, provide guidance and training resources, and enhance awareness of OSHA's national fall prevention campaign among steel erection workers in the greater Philadelphia area.


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NYC construction worker rescued from trench

Shivering but alive after four hours in “muck”
March 20, 2013

A New York City construction worker was rescued from an underground trench at subway construction projection early this morning, after being stuck in “muck” from the waist down for nearly four hours. The worker became trapped at 8:30 p.m. last night 75 feet below ground at the Second Avenue subway line site in Manhattan.


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Where are all the leaders?

Safety 2013 sessions cover that and more
March 18, 2013

From the general (EHS leadership) to the specific (industry specific, that is), sessions that will be held at Safety 2013, June 24-27 in Las Vegas, represent both long-standing topics and emerging challenges.


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More roofers die in residential construction than other types

Higher rates among younger, Hispanic workers
March 13, 2013

A new NIOSH-funded study on fatalities in the construction industry suggests roofers in residential construction are among those most likely to die in falls from roofs. The study, "Fatal falls from roofs among U.S. construction workers," finds that "the odds of fatal falls from roofs were higher for roofing and residential construction than any other construction sector."


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Bubble wrap saves construction worker after 30-foot fall

Lucky landing
March 12, 2013

Emergency responders in Boston said a construction worker who fell 30 feet was spared serious injury when he landed on bubble wrap, according to UPI. A spokesman for the Boston Fire Department said the 38-year-old worker fell 30 feet off a building and landed in a pile of bubble wrap taken from the construction site`s scaffolding.


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Prevent falls, burns, cave-ins and crane collapses on construction sites

March 6, 2013
Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country, incurring more occupational fatalities than any other sector in the U.S.


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