Safety in the Construction Industry

Choose the right high-viz gear

Traffic patterns determine retroreflective material needed
March 6, 2013
The current hi-viz national standard, ANSI/ISEA-107-2010, was published in January 2010 as the American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel.


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Justin McElhattan and Dr. Chuck Pettinger to speak at the Associated General Contractors’ annual convention

Topic: Future of technology innovations in construction
March 6, 2013

Industrial Scientific, the global leader in Gas Detection as a Service, announced today that its president and CEO, Justin McElhattan, and Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D., of Predictive Solutions (an Industrial Scientific company) will speak at the 2013 AGC Annual Convention.


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A worker's fall costs company $62k

Construction sector is one of New Zealand's most dangerous
March 6, 2013

A Wellington, New Zealand company has been fined over a subcontractor's five-and-a-half metre fall at work, according to TVNZ. The worker received a broken pelvis and facial injuries in the fall while installing plant and equipment at Silver Fern Farms' Te Aroha freezing works following significant fire damage in January last year.


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Worker crushed to death by pavement roller

Citations include failure to train employees
March 1, 2013

A worker who was crushed to death by a pavement roller brought on an OSHA investigation that resulted in 18 serious safety violations against Export Fuel Co. in Export, PA.


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Number of Minnesota workplace fatalities falls

Farming, ranching most dangerous occupations in state
March 1, 2013

Minnesota experienced a significant drop in workplace fatalities in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor (BLS). Preliminary data from the BLS's Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that there were 60 fatalities from work injuries in Minnesota in 2011.


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Union head calls silica rule delay heartless

An estimated 100 died during two years of inaction
February 20, 2013

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said it’s time for the Obama administration to push forward on a proposed silica delay that has been stuck in limbo at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for two years – long past the required 90 day deadline.


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UK serious about minimizing work at height

Could architects & designers collaborate in the U.S.?
February 19, 2013

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) has introduced a dedicated work at height information helpline for DIOHAS, the Designer’s Initiative on Health & Safety, whose members include professionals from the major architectural practices, other construction disciplines and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).


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New publications, materials available from OSHA

February 8, 2013

OSHA recently issued several new Fact Sheets and QuickCards that provide important safety and health information for workers and employers in the construction, nanotechnology and maritime industries.


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No “wet” methods, PPE in asbestos removal

January 31, 2013

OSHA has cited an asbestos remediation company for nine alleged violations of safety and health standards -- including one willful – related to its removal of roofing material containing asbestos. Lorice Enterprises LLC of Albany, N.Y. faces a total $83,300 in proposed fines.


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LEED construction: Building a brighter future

January 31, 2013

Introduction: When many people think about carbon emissions, they assume that cars and other motorized vehicles are the main culprits. However, building construction uses 30 percent of all raw materials consumed in this country and 12 percent of all available potable water – 15 trillion gallons each year. This level of water consumption is ultimately unsustainable, given that the United Nations World Water Development Report 3, issued in 2009, states that one-third of the world’s population already lacks access to clean water.


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