Cold weather can endanger lives and destroy the well being of workers whose jobs put them in the midst of frigid temperatures and extreme weather conditions. According to OSHA, protective clothing is recommended for work at or below 4 degrees Celsius or below 39.2 degree Fahrenheit.
Until recently, it was common for companies to reward employees with cash, prizes, and awards based on lagging indicators of safety. In other words, they rewarded employees for keeping the number of accidents, incidents, and near misses low. These rewards were meant to give employees an incentive to perform their work safely.
Most scaffolding-related accidents come from falls, but some come from improperly positioned planking, or planking in poor condition. Secure planking is an important part of scaffold safety. The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that 72 percent of workers who were injured in a scaffolding-related accident in the past year can point directly to planking or its supports falling away.
Silica, present in concrete dust, is a hazardous material and is the focus of the new OSHA regulation 1926.1153. This information is an overview of the new updated standard. This regulation has a compliance date for general construction by September 23, 2017. The new OSHA respirable crystalline silica dust regulation offers several options for compliance and we want to help you understand those options.
Developing and implementing a plan of action on how you and your staff respond to an OSHA site visit is one of the most important things you can do to successfully survive an OSHA inspection. Hopefully after reading this article you will realize that an OSHA inspection is a very simple and easily understood procedure.
It’s the time of year when we start looking toward the tropics and wondering what this hurricane season has in store. That is why it is so important to equip and prepare yourself with the most recent and best possible information.