Construction is a dynamic, fast-moving, high-hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving building, alteration, and/or repair. In the U.S. in 2016 many segments of the industry are booming: residential construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large-scale painting jobs. Construction workers engage in many jobs that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops; unguarded machinery; being struck by heavy construction equipment; electrocutions; silica dust, and asbestos.

This exclusive ISHN ebook identifies the most serious construction hazards and provides protection tips and best practices. We pay particular attention to falls – the number one killer on construction sites. In 2013, there were 291 fatal falls to a lower level out of 828 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable, and ISHN’s eBook shows you how to save lives.

Other injuries common to the industry include burns, head injuries, injuries to the spinal cord, cuts and lacerations, broken bones, limb or finger amputations, loss of hearing, lifting and other repetitive motion injuries, heat stroke, and vision loss. Construction work carries with it many risks and dangerous exposures – a fact borne out in ISHN’s exclusive research described in the eBook’s first article.

OSHA has recently issued two standards that significantly impact the construction industry – confined spaces in construction and preventing exposures to respirable silica. We devote articles to both standards to help you with compliance.

Many new hires are arriving at construction sites, and need safety information – another objective of this eBook. Contractors added 290,000 hires in 2014, a nine-year high. In 2014, construction gained jobs at more than twice the rate of the overall labor market. In 2015, the industry employed 538,350 carpenters, 731,490 construction laborers, 192,000 construction managers, 449,040 electricians, and 226,210 other workers. By March 2016, the construction industry employed a total of 6,672,000 workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

I’m sure you’ll find ISHN’s Safety in Construction eBook to be a valuable resource to address the industry’s array of risks, ensure regulatory compliance, and prevent serious injuries and fatalities.

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