Safety in the Construction Industry

Toolbox Talk: Eye Safety

EYE INJURIES: some facts . . .About 1 ,000 work-related eye injuries occur each day. CONSTRUCTION HAS THE HIGHEST RATE! Every day, more than 120 construction workers are disabled and forced to miss work because of an eye injury. The alternative . . .


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Fla. worker trapped in hot liquid asphalt

Rescue took eight hours

A Florida construction company employee suffered severe burns to his legs and feet after becoming tripped in hot liquid asphalt – an incident which earned his company OSHA citations for ten serious safety and health violations. Proposed penalties are $63,360.


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OSHA Strategic Partnership established at construction site of Industrial Scientific’s new headquarters facility

A partnership has been reached between Mascaro Construction and OSHA to deliver a safe construction project

Industrial Scientific is pleased to announce that OSHA and Mascaro Construction Company, the general contractor for the construction of its new global headquarters near Pittsburgh, have developed a partnering agreement as part of the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program.


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Innovative concrete drill jig reduces silica exposures

Lessens risk of MSD injuries as well

A University of California ergonomics team has designed an innovative concrete drill jig that is proving to be highly effective in limiting worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica, as well reducing fatigue and risk of musculoskeletal injuries.


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Ga. stucco worker falls 19 feet to his death

Company cited for lack of scaffolding

A construction worker fatality at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Ga. has resulted in five safety violations against Smiley Plaster Co. The company faces $57,000 in penalties.


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OSHA releases details on injury recording requirements for temp workers

OSHA has released a new educational resource that focuses on requirements for injury recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The bulletin explains the requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer.


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Workers dig 11’ trench with no cave-in protection

Colorado contractors cited for trenching hazards

A Colorado company and the framing subcontractor it used to locate a damaged water pipe have both been cited for safety violations, after OSHA inspectors found their workers in a trench that exceeded 11 feet in depth with no cave-in protection.


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Severe violator cited yet again

NJ company has “active and ongoing disregard for its workers’ safety”

A company inspected in January as part of OSHA’s Local Emphasis Program on fall hazards in construction was cited for two repeat and two serious safety violations for failing to provide required protective equipment and to protect workers from serious fall hazards.


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Who are the victims of falls?

A new NIOSH-funded study on fatalities in the construction industry suggests roofers in residential construction are among those most likely to die in falls from roofs. The study, "Fatal falls from roofs among U.S. construction workers," finds that "the odds of fatal falls from roofs were higher for roofing and residential construction than any other construction sector."


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What can be done to reduce falls?

Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations.


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Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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