Safety in the Construction Industry

How to control noise on construction sites

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Controlling construction noise can pose special problems for contractors. Unlike general industry, construction activities are not always stationary and in one location.


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AIHA urges OMB to end delays, complete review of proposed silica rule

Warns about "political influence"
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Extending a review of OSHA's proposed crystalline silica standard allows certain industry groups to attempt to "short circuit" the existing process -- and makes it vulnerable to political influence, according to the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA).


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Construction work: a lifetime risk of injury, premature death

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Nearly all construction workers will experience one or more work-related injuries or illnesses over a lifetime plus a greater risk of premature death, according to new data released at the American Public Health Association’s 139th Annual Meeting, held last week in Washington, DC.


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"Faulty equipment" to blame for worker death in Ohio - OSHA

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Lack of machine guarding, damaged equipment and slippery surfaces were among the hazards found by OSHA at Canton Drop Forge's Canton, Ohio facility after a worker died when he was struck by a loader bucket on April 22nd. 


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Cave-in and struck-by: Mass. worker exposed to both hazards in one trench

Employee worked in unprotected trench below crumbling asphalt, lacked exit ladder
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A Boston-based contractor faces $161,000 in fines after an OSHA inspector saw one of its employees exposed to both cave-in and struck-by hazards while installing a watermain.


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In over his head

Trenching dangers in Florida draw OSHA fines
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A South Florida contracting company apparently didn't learn its lesson the first time around, in 2010, when it was cited by OSHA for having an employee work in a 10-foot-deep trench at a Miami site with no cave-in protection.


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OSHA publishes new, revised materials on worker safety and health

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OSHA has published new and revised information that explains workers' and employers' rights, as well as how to protect workers from hazards in the construction, general and maritime industries.


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Homebuilders decry new safety regulations

By Bill Lambrecht
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St. Louis-area homebuilders are pressing their case that new rules to prevent workers from falling from roofs could add thousands of dollars to new home prices and threaten contractors struggling in a hard-pressed industry.


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Safety is central issue in upcoming U.S. downstream oil talks

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With the United Steelworkers (USW) currently voting local-by-local on adoption of a US National Oil Bargaining Policy, one thing is certain when talks with oil refiners get underway early in 2012: union-initiated process safety improvements will lead the agenda.
 


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OSHA's Michaels to Congress: We can't let economic crisis wipe out basic protections

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Statement of David Michaels, Ph.D, MPH, Assistant Secretary, OSHA before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Oct. 5:


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