Safety in the Construction Industry

Missouri roofers 22’ high with no fall protection

Company cited for repeat hazards
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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
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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?
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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

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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

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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

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


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NIOSH issues new Prevention through Design paper on fall prevention

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new Prevention through Design paper on Preventing Falls through the Design of Roof Parapets (PDF*).


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New and updated OSHA resources on falls, asbestos available

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OSHA has released a new Fatal Fact resource on "Falls from Telecommunications Towers" (PDF*), illustrating how failure to plan, provide the right equipment, and train workers effectively can lead to worker deaths.


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Secure tools and equipment to avoid dangerous drops from heights

By Nate Bohmbach
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Aerial safety goes beyond your standard fall protection. In the past, objects-at-heights hazard planning has been an afterthought — or not even a thought.


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CPWR research results:

Construction workers at nuke facilities exposed to beryllium

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Some construction workers at nuclear weapons facilities operated by the Department of Energy show symptoms of a chronic lung disease caused by exposure to beryllium, despite the fact that their exposure levels were relatively low.


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