Safety in the Construction Industry

OSHA’s construction confined space standard

Compare OSHA’s proposed standard to general industry rules
By Maureen Brady
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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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Massachusetts contractor faces $290,700 in OSHA fines for willful, repeat fall hazards

Workers of Twin Pines Construction Inc. exposed to falls of up to 30 feet
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On May 28, 2013, OSHA cited Massachusetts contractor Twin Pines Construction Inc. for alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Durham, NH, work site. The wood framing contractor, based in Everett, Mass., faces a total of $290,700 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA's Concord Area Office.


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OSHA fines masonry contractor nearly $91,000 for fall, scaffold violations

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On June 3, 2013, OSHA cited South River, NJ-based Mr. Concrete Corp. with four repeat and five serious safety violations, including scaffold and fall hazards, found at a Maywood, NJ, work site. OSHA's February inspection was initiated in response to imminent fall hazards observed by an OSHA compliance officer.


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What you can do to stop the cost of falls

By Dave Johnson
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Last May, 28-year-old Adrien Zamora fell 40 feet from a scaffold while restoring an 11-story building in New York. It was his first day on the job, and he had not been given a fall protection harness or the necessary safety training. He left behind a wife and their two young daughters.


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