Safety in the Construction Industry

Work sites change, but company’s fall protection hazards remain the same

Painting & Decorating Inc. placed in SVEP
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A New York paining and stucco contractor with a long history of fall protection and scaffold safety violations has wracked up a new set of OSHA violations, with a $460,350 price tag.

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Fall protection gear gets tagged

What to look for in a radio-frequency identification system
By Shari Kowalke
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Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, once used to track nuclear missiles, shipping containers and even livestock, has evolved into a smart solution for managing safety equipment.

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Falls remain leading cause of construction industry deaths

Prevention, protection options numerous but not always used
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One man – a company owner – has turned fall prevention in the construction industry into a moral crusade. A fall victim has made a video to warn others about the mistake he made on the job – an error that left him paralyzed.

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Top construction industry stories from 2013

Silica proposal, crane operator standards in the news
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Construction deaths rose even as overall occupational fatalities in the U.S. decreased. OSHA finally unveils its silica rule. OSHA inspectors kept busy at construction sites around the country. These were among the top construction-related stories featured on in 2013.

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Work halted on 2014 World Cup arena after worker falls to his death

Pressure to work fast may be affecting safety
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Construction on half of the dozen stadiums being erected for Brazil World Cup 2014 is behind schedule – and those working on the projects say the pressure to work quickly is affecting their safety. The death of a 22-year-old worker who fell more than 100 feet on Saturday at Arena Amazonia resulted in a strike by the builder’s union and a court order halting all high work on the project, according to the BBC News.

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Ladder un-safety gets Florida roofing company cited, fined

No eye protection for workers using nail guns, either
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OSHA has cited North Florida Roofing & Repair of Jacksonville with one willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations following an inspection at a job site on Ashbourne Trail in Jacksonville. The agency initiated the inspection in August as part of its local emphasis program on fall hazards.

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New alliance aims to improve roadwork safety

Hazard awareness training one of the goals
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The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition* has formed an alliance with OSHA aimed at reducing the hazards for both workers and motorists in roadway construction zones.

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CPWR offers new collection of safety toolbox talks to construction industry

Short safety lessons cover a variety of topics
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If you’re in the construction industry and you’re making a New Year’s resolution to improve on-the-job safety in 2014, you might want to check out the Center for Construction Research and Training's (CPWR) new library of 52 toolbox talks on common construction hazards, which provides a short safety lesson for every week of the year.

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Ill. worker dies from heat stress his first day on the job

Company cited for lack of heat stress program
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OSHA has cited Aldridge Electric Inc. for a serious safety violation after a 36-year-old worker died from heat stroke on his first day on the job at the company's Chicago job site. The company was installing electrical conduit in an uncovered trench on the Chicago Transit Authority's Dan Ryan Red Line project.

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Fatal fall leads to citations for construction company

No fall protection, no fall protection training
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A construction company in American Samoa that routinely neglected to ensure workers were anchored or tied off to body harnesses came in for scrutiny by OSHA after a worker suffered a fatal fall in May.

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