Safety in the Construction Industry

OSHA wants changes in Arizona’s fall protection standards

Agency hints at possible federal takeover

In a letter sent last month to the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health , OSHA said it does not believe that Arizona’s residential fall protection standards are at least as effective as federal OSHA standards.


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NRCA testifies on OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) provided testimony today on OSHA’s proposed rule to amend its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The testimony was part of a three-week public hearing process being held by OSHA.


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OSHA announces final rule for power generation, transmission and distribution standard

40-year-old standard revised

OSHA’s final rule revising the standards for power generation, transmission and distribution will be published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2014.  It will be effective 90 days following publication, although OSHA has adopted delayed compliance deadlines for certain requirements.


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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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