Safety in the Construction Industry

Fatal fall leads to citations for construction company

No fall protection, no fall protection training
November 26, 2013

A construction company in American Samoa that routinely neglected to ensure workers were anchored or tied off to body harnesses came in for scrutiny by OSHA after a worker suffered a fatal fall in May.

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Contractors cited in Philadelphia building collapse that killed six

OSHA demolition standards violated
November 22, 2013

The fatal June, 2013 collapse of a four-story building in Philadelphia has resulted in OSHA violations against the contractors hired to demolish the building. Griffin Campbell, doing business as Campbell Construction, and Sean Benschop, doing business as S&R Contracting, were cited for three willful per-instance violations, following the incident, which killed six people and injured 14.

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Electrical contacts: Avoid at all costs

November 20, 2013

Some electrical contacts are instantly fatal, and up to 40% are ultimately fatal, according Brian James Daley, M.D, associate program director, professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Knoxville, Tenn., in his report, “Electrical Injuries.”

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Lack of training plays role in NYC construction fatality rate

New bill would expand training requirements
November 18, 2013

Approximately 72 percent of the construction workers killed on the job in New York City died at sites where workers did not participate in state-approved training and apprenticeship programs, according to a report released today by Public Citizen.

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Houston construction company gets safety training, technical assistance from OSHA

Strategic Partnership Program to help with safety goals
November 12, 2013

W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. will tackle its biggest project to date in partnership with OSHA, under a plan designed to reduce occupational fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

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How to make the most of your iSHN Virtual Safety Expo experience

Registration still open, but hurry
November 8, 2013

Next week’s iSHN Virtual Safety Expo, a free online EHS convention, will be chock full of exhibits, presentations from industry experts and networking opportunities. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your experience:

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Study: U.S. worker fatality rate 3X higher than U.K.’s

Construction industry rate even higher
November 4, 2013

Workers in the United States were killed on the job at three times the rate of their peers in the United Kingdom in 2010, according to a study published online Sept. 30 in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

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NYC considers bill to tighten construction safety

As economy improves, construction activity, fatalities are increasing
October 29, 2013

The New York City Council Committee on Economic Development today holds a hearing on bill 1169-2013, which would set worker training and transparency requirements for certain city development projects receiving city financial assistance.

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Crane accident claims life of Minnesota construction worker

October 24, 2013

News sources are reporting that a construction worker died in Maplewood, Minnesota Monday after the crane he was operating tipped over.

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Fall prevention

Construction fall victim uses film to show personal toll of workplace accidents

"I wasn't coping"
October 23, 2013

When Jason Anker was 24 years old, he took a roofing job – something he’d had little experience with – working for his father-in-law. Nearing the end of the workday, Anker saw a situation he knew was risky (the ladder he was to use wasn’t tied on), but said nothing.

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