Safety in the Construction Industry

A tale of two states and two construction falls

Workers injured when a beam collapses in Florida, a stairway in Connecticut
October 18, 2013

Although falls continue to cause a large number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry, two recent incidents in two different states demonstrate the variety of falls that can occur.

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Second worker dies at 49ers stadium-in-progress

Crews working in “high gear” to meet deadline
October 17, 2013

A truck driver crushed by a bundle of rebar on Monday was the second worker killed at the construction site for the new San Francisco 49ers stadium. Sports Illustrated (SI) is reporting that 60-year-old Edward Erving Lake II, was severely injured by the rebar, which was being unloaded from his truck.

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Yes, it can happen to you…

October 10, 2013

These tragic electrocutions, all investigated by NIOSH, show just how widespread and unexpected electrical dangers can be, sometimes involving the most ordinary types of work:

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Safety meets technology on California construction sites

October 10, 2013

More and more construction firms are investing in technology tools to ensure a safe environment for employees and partners. Skanska, the West Coast’s largest general contractor, is an industry leader in successful integration of technology to improve safety on its jobsites in California.

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Construction company includes workers’ families in safety

Even cartoon character plays a role
October 3, 2013

A New York-based construction company’s annual recognition of the importance of safety includes not only its employees, but their family members as well.

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Your A-Z resource for construction safety

October 2, 2013
This is a list of resources for maintaining construction safety on the job.

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Construction industry fears silica proposal cost

Several provisions in rule "unnecessary" for worker protection
September 23, 2013

A coalition of construction industry trade associations is concerned that OSHA’s proposed reduction in silica exposure levels may cost construction firms a lot of money.

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OSHA inspectors spot an unstable trench while en route to another worksite

RI company faces $56,000 in fines
September 18, 2013

OSHA inspectors who were traveling to a scheduled inspection drove past the trench worksite of a different company and saw no trench box in use. They also noticed that traffic along the road caused loose debris to fall from the trench's wall.

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OSHA’s proposed silica rule published in Federal Register

Deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 11
September 12, 2013

OSHA’s notice of proposed rulemaking for respirable silica has officially been published in the Federal Register, which ushers in the next phase of the process: public input. The public is strongly encouraged to participate in the process of developing a final rule.

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What does an argument on a construction job site cost?

Study: About $11,00 per dispute
September 10, 2013

A Michigan State University researcher has quantified something rarely measured in studies about productivity in the construction industry: the cost of arguments.

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