Safety in the Construction Industry

Global steel association announces upcoming Steel Safety Day

March 3, 2014

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has announced plans for a Steel Safety Day that will focus on the safety and health of the people who work in the steel industry. The event is timed to coincide with World Safety Day, International Labour Organisation event which is held each year on April 28.


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Choosing your contractor

Assess frequency & severity of risky behaviors and conditions vs. safe behaviors and conditions
March 3, 2014
When general contractors hire subcontractors to perform work at construction projects, these companies usually go through a rigorous selection process.


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Falls are a serious hazard in many industries

February 28, 2014

Workers who perform tasks at elevation - such as structural metalworking, roof assembly and repair, tree trimming, and green energy construction - are at risk of falls from heights, with frequently serious or even fatal consequences.


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Welcome to OSHA's fall prevention campaign

February 26, 2014

FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable. Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps: Plan. Provide. Train.


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Missouri roofers 22’ high with no fall protection

Company cited for repeat hazards
February 21, 2014

A Missouri roofing company cited for fall hazards in four separate inspections since 2010 has continued to endanger its employees, according to OSHA, which has cited Andres Roofing Co. Inc. for four repeat safety violations with proposed penalties of $52,800.


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Thousands comment on OSHA’s silica proposal

Safety, business groups disagree
February 19, 2014

The public comment period on OSHA’s proposal to reduce worker exposure to silica dust ended this week, leaving the agency with more than 2,700 responses to process. The rule would decrease the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica dust – a substance that causes cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in those who are exposed to it.


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Roofers say proposed silica rule could make their jobs more dangerous

No room for fall protection equipment?
February 12, 2014

OSHA’s proposal to safeguard workers by reducing silica exposures disregards “the unique nature of roofing work” and may actually making roofers’ jobs more dangerous, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).


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Maryland bill would factor contractor safety into state contract bids

February 12, 2014

Maryland lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would require companies to meet safety standards as a prequalification for working on public projects in the state. House Bill 951 (with 22 sponsors) and Senate Bill 774 (with 13 sponsors) were introduced by Maryland Delegate Brian McHale (D-46) and Senator Karen Montgomery (D-14).


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OSHA issues proposed rule to extend compliance date for crane operator certification requirements

February 11, 2014

OSHA has issued a proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal would also extend to the same date the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment.


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Where hand injuries occur

February 6, 2014

Percent distribution of work-related amputations and employment by industry division and selected industries, private sector, 23 States, 1977.


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