Vibration exposure at work can lead to discomfort in the hands and arms due to vascular and nerve damage. Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) caused by exposure to vibration at work is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent. Vibration damage can manifest itself as Raynaud’s syndrome, paresthesias and carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpenters, masons and construction workers are the most exposed occupational groups. There, almost 70% have been exposed to vibrating, hand-held tools for at least a quarter of their working time.
On June 17, 2021, ANSI/ASSP approved the new 2021 revision of Z359.14, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices (SRDs) for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems. This revision supersedes the 2014 version. This is an important date for both manufacturers and end users when it comes to ANSI compliance while using self-retracting devices. In this white paper, we will review the changes to the Z359.14 standard as interpreted by FallTech and discuss the compliance timeline and what that means for equipment you are using today.
Even though females make up about 50% of the overall U.S. workforce, the construction workforce can only claim 10% of female employees. This means women are still an untapped employee market, especially in construction and the trades. Women need to feel like they’re part of the team and have the right fitting PPE. They are strong team members, willing to learn, and have a diverse set of skills. Their development and inclusion as team members and as professionals at the jobsite is key to retention.
Proper lifting technique prevents injuries. Lower, upper, spinal or otherwise, experiencing back pain is practically an aging rite of passage. Four out of five people will experience back pain in their lifetime and, considering sprains and strains are the most common work injury, it’s not unlikely that injury will occur in the worksite. So how can you prevent back injuries when lifting, bending and schlepping are all just part of the job?
OSHA credits struck-by hazards as a leading cause of fatal injuries and the chief cause of non-fatal Injuries within the construction sector. In 2019, 170 deaths were the result of struck-by injuries and almost half of them involved moving transport vehicles. Struck by incidents are the most investigated work zone incidents. Once an assessment is performed it offers opportunities to improve worker safety.
Head protection policies for construction are being updated in a move away from traditional hard hats. Many companies are adopting safety helmets meeting ANSI Type I & EN 12492, as well as ANSI Type II & EN 14052 hard hats, addressing the higher risks and hazards on today’s job sites. Hard Hats in the US must meet the Z89.1-2014 safety standard set by ANSI/ISEA. So what is the difference between ANSI Type I and Type II head protection? The standard establishes the types and classes of hard hat options that provide appropriate protection for hazards in their specific workplaces. Read on to learn about the differences of head protection and the implementation of MIPS® technology.