Working on a construction site can be a dangerous occupation; that much is true. According to a report from Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), construction-related fatalities accounted for 21.1% of all worker fatalities in 2018. With nearly 6.5 million people working at over 250,000 construction sites across the U.S. on any given day, it’s easy to see why enforcing preventative construction site safety procedures is critical.
Currently, under OSHA standard 1910.27 cages are required on ladders where the climbs are over 20 feet high. In OSHA’s new standard (OSHA standard 1910.28) taking effect 11/19/2018, a ladder will not be required to have fall protection until their height is over 24 feet (24’-0-1/4” requires fall protection).
National Work Zone Awareness Week each April brings to light the number of injuries and fatalities that take place in construction work zones. As much as work zones can be stressful for commuters in day to day operations, your hurriedness and misjudgments are not worth more than another person’s life. But if you look at all the data, the actual life in jeopardy is your own – as well as your passengers. It’s time to look at how you drive when approaching construction zones a little differently.
Supervisors are usually in the best position to observe employee behavior, and should be trained to recognize indicators of stress. Stress doesn’t always predict violence, but by observing patterns, frequency and intensity of behaviors, as well as the number of different behaviors, supervisors may be able to identify when trouble could be on the horizon.
Written by Carl Potter, CSP, CMC A: You Are! In years past, the question of who is responsible for safety was answered with “Everyone Is”!
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.
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.
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.