Construction work can result in painful injures that are sometimes treated with prescription opioids. One in four people prescribed opioids for long-term pain become addicted and opioid-related deaths are on the rise. In 2017 alone, more than 72,000 people died in the U.S from an overdose, over 49,000 of which involved an opioid. Overdose deaths … Continue reading "Opiod Use in Construction"
Slips, trips and falls can result in sprains and strains, cuts and bruises, broken bones and more. Slips and trips occur when there’s an unintended or unexpected change in contact between the feet and the ground or other walking-working surface. Click here to download our Slips, Trips and Falls Poster! Slips occur when too little … Continue reading "Slips, Trips & Falls"
As we begin 2020, now is good time to take a deep dive into your company’s safety manual. In a lot of cases, companies will comprise a safety manual and several years will pass without a review of their programs. And during that time new regulations are introduced, best practices evolve, and company operations change. … Continue reading "Safety Manual Review"
It’s that time of year when this should be at the top of every company’s to do list. Your OSHA 300A’s should be complete and ready to be posted on February 1st through April 30th. And for companies with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA logs, and establishments with 20-249 … Continue reading "2020 OSHA Logs"
Click here to download our 2019 OSHA Violation Poster! For the ninth consecutive year Fall Protection (General Requirements) is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard. Here is the full list for 2019! 1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (7,014) 2. Hazard Communication (4,170) 3. Scaffolding (3,228) 4. Lockout/Tagout (2,975) 5. Respiratory Protection (2,826) 6. Ladders (2,766) … Continue reading "OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2019"
Employee training is paramount to the success of a safety program. It is also critical that the training be documented, and files retained to ensure that your organization is audit ready. Employers have an obligation to put new employees through an orientation process and provide certain safety training before they are allowed to go to … Continue reading "The Importance of Training"
When we think of people whose inventions have made significant impacts to our world we tend to think of Thomas Edison and the lightbulb or Karl Benz and the automobile. But in the construction industry we should thank Edward Bullard, because 100 years ago in 1919 he invented the hard had, which today is the … Continue reading "The Hard Hat Turns 100!"
The OSHA standard for protecting reinforcing steel can be found in 1926 subpart Q for concrete and masonry construction. 1926.701(b) states all protruding reinforcing steel, onto and into which employees could fall, shall be guarded to eliminate the hazard of impalement. Exposure to impalement is always a concern when employees are working above rebar or … Continue reading "Impalement Protection Caps"
In construction a large portion of work is performed outdoors. Extreme temperatures influence worker safety and during summer months workers are at a greater risk for heat stress. Heat stress is the overall heat load on the human body that includes temperature, humidity and radiant heat in the thermal environment, and metabolic heat generated by … Continue reading "Heat Illness in Construction"
OSHA requires that regular and frequent inspections of job sites, materials and equipment be made by a competent person designated by the employer. These inspections are instrumental in establishing and maintaining a good safety culture. It is also important that these inspections be documented either on paper or using some sort of electronic system. CORE … Continue reading "The Importance of Safety Inspections"