Portable Heaters on Construction Jobsites
When colder months approach throughout the country, we begin to see various types of portable heaters on construction jobsites. While heaters can take many shapes and sizes, and use different types of fuel, they all come with many of the same hazards.
Protecting Workers from Cold Stress
Every winter, thousands of people die from exposure to frigid temperatures. Between 2006-2010, 63 percent of weather-related fatalities were due to cold exposure. People who work outdoors during the winter are especially at risk. Make sure your workers know the dangers of cold exposure and how to protect themselves from common cold illnesses.
Understanding Multi-Employer Worksites
Multi-employer worksites are encountered on a regular basis in the construction and manufacturing industries. You’ll find an abundance of reading materials and definitions on this topic, so this blog is to help simplify the standard to a more understandable discussion. We’ll focus on construction jobsites – although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Multi-Employer Policy applies to all workplaces where multiple employers are working at one location.
Scaffolding is common on more than 65 percent of worksites; each year nearly 2.3 million construction workers will use a scaffold. Almost all scaffolding injuries and fatalities are caused by the scaffold giving out, the worker slipping or the worker being struck by an object. Scaffolding hazards are serious, causing roughly 4,500 injuries and 60 deaths per year. Protect your workers by knowing the hazards and how to prevent them.
Aerial Lift Safety
Working with heights and operating machinery are both dangerous duties for your workers, but when these tasks are done simultaneously, the risk for injury or death doubles. To maintain the safety of your workers, you need to recognize the unique hazards aerial lifts pose. Keep your workers safe by remaining aware of the proper uses of aerial lifts, as well as the possible dangers you may face if you violate them.
Mold Prevention and Cleanup After a Hurricane
After a hurricane, the likelihood of mold contamination in your building is high, and excessive mold exposure may lead to several health problems. When returning to your business after a major storm, it is important to consider the dangers that come with floodwater. When the water recedes, it leaves behind bacteria that is a serious threat to health.
OSHA's Top Ten Violations of 2017
Do you know which Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations are the most commonly cited? Recognizing common violations can help you plan and improve your company’s safety practices.
Crane Safety — Inspection Comes First
We know cranes are fundamental to construction; they move, hoist and lift substantially heavy loads. But, as one of the largest pieces of equipment on any worksite, cranes need to be paid particular attention to in regards to safety, maintenance and usage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 1997-2006, crane accidents were the cause of 818 fatalities. As an employer, it is your responsibility to properly maintain and inspect the cranes on your worksite and inform your employees about crane safety.