For a century our nation has relied on the workers' compensation system to provide for workers injured on the job while making sure that each employer picks up his or her fair share of the costs. In theory, the system assigns the cost of workplace injuries and illnesses to employers through comp insurance premiums.
Organizations share safety recommendations throughout the contractor lifecycle
November 30, 2015
In a report released today, the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council lays out a safety roadmap for employers to effectively handle the complexities of contractor management. Fourteen Campbell Institute companies contributed real-world experiences and recommended practices to the report, which comes at a time when the number of contract and temporary workers in the U.S. is increasing rapidly.
While paramedics were able to rescue one construction worker trapped under dirt from a trench collapse, his co-worker and friend, 24-year-old Isidro Martinez, was not as fortunate. Martinez, a husband and father, lost his life in the unprotected trench.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), have created a series of infographics that drive home the danger of noise-induced hearing loss in the construction industry.
OSHA cites Design Plastering Inc., Design Plastering West LLC for multiple violations
November 20, 2015
A fall from a third-story balcony killed 44-year-old Jorge Carrion Torres as he worked on the exterior of an apartment complex on May 14, 2015. Torres, who had been on the job for one month, was applying stucco underlayment to the balcony walls when the incident occurred.
Although the compliance deadline for OSHA’s confined spaces in construction rule has been pushed back a second time – to January 8, 2016 – the new year and the new requirements will be upon us in no time.
A system for improving the safety and efficiency of construction equipment is the aim of a three-year, $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to a team of researchers from Penn State and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.