Safety in the Construction Industry

Safety pros urged to get involved with construction contracts

They can engineer out safety problems before project starts
September 3, 2013

A recent survey of construction and safety professionals highlights the need to include safety management in the earliest phases of construction contracts, according to the authors of an article in this month’s Professional Safety, the journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).


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Women in construction the focus of OSHA alliance

Women comprise 9 percent of the industry workforce
August 29, 2013

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and OSHA signed an agreement last week to work together to provide NAWIC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers.


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OSHA’s new silica dust proposals will draw attention to eye protection

August 27, 2013

Yes, respirators will be the primary PPE discussed when protecting workers against silica dust exposures. Silica dust often arises when workers are cutting, crushing, drilling, grinding or otherwise disturbing material that might loosen silica, particularly in construction and mining work.


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Construction deaths up in 2012

-Even as overall work fatalities decline
August 27, 2013

After five consecutive years of decreases, construction deaths rose five percent last year, propelling the construction industry into the top spot in terms of work-related fatalities per industry in 2012.


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Silica exposure rule reaction: It’s about time

Asphalt industry says it’s ready, Chamber of Commerce not so sure
August 26, 2013

Reactions to OSHA’s proposed rule to protect workers from exposure to crystalline silica have come swiftly from the EHS community, along with the industry and business sectors.


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OSHA announces proposed silica exposure rule

Agency says it will save 700 lives a year
August 26, 2013

OSHA took industry and EHS professionals by surprise late Friday by announcing what some call a long-overdue proposed rule to  lower worker exposure to crystalline silica – a substance that causes cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in those who are exposed to it.


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Memorial wall highlights work zone danger

Names of fatalities a reminder of the human cost of dangerous driving
August 20, 2013

As it has since 2002, the Illinois State Fair this year hosted a somber reminder of a transportation hazard: a wall memorializing the names of those killed in highway work zones.


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Why construction workers don’t report injuries

Reasons range from incentive loss, fear of job loss
August 19, 2013

More than 25% of construction workers responding to a recent survey by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) said that they had suffered a work-related injury at some point in their career that they did not report.


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Social media campaign spreads pictures of unsafe construction sites

Twitter, blog being used to ID, explain hazards
August 19, 2013

Unsafe construction sites now the run the risk of being “outed” on social media, thanks to a campaign that invites people to potentially unsafe circumstances and share them via social media platforms.


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Electrical community gets an online (safety) home

NFPA’s necconect is educational and interactive.
August 13, 2013

Electricians and all those interested in electrical safety have a new online community they can join, thanks to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The new website from the NFPA, necconnect.org, is a resource for installers and contractors, designers and engineers, code enforcers, and policy makers for all things related to the NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), which sets the standard for safe electrical installations in homes, businesses, industry and institutions.


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