Construction seems to be occurring everywhere in 2018 – condos, apartments, residential homes, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolitions, and large scale painting jobs. By 2021, U.S. construction output will total $10.1 trillion. Construction workers – there are 10.3 million in the U.S. -- face many high-risk hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.
This exclusive ISHN ebook – Volume 3 – 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. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). These deaths are preventable, and ISHN’s ebook shows you how to save lives.
Other injuries common to the industry include welding 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 stress-related illnesses and vision loss.
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.
Construction site safety is challenging for several reasons:
- There are always many new hires;
- The workforce is transient and often short-term;
- The workforce is diverse with many languages spoken on sites;
- The construction site environment is in a constant state of flux, with conditions always changing and subject to weather extremes;
- Contractors, sub-contractors and “gig” economy temps must be effectively supervised.
I’m sure you’ll find ISHN’s Safety in Construction ebook to be a value resource to address the industry’s array of challenges, ensure regulatory compliance, and prevent serious injuries and fatalities.
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