Trenching and Excavation Safety
Despite the readily available information on trenching and excavation safety, 2016 trench-related fatalities were reported to be a shocking 12 deaths higher than the two previous years, totaling 23 fatalities. Trenching and excavation are classified by OSHA as among “the most hazardous construction operations,” so it’s important that employers take the necessary precautions to protect their workers from preventable injuries or deaths.
3-D Grade Control Systems
Technology in the construction industry has the potential to help companies increase productivity, overcome skilled labor shortages, improve quality and reduce overall costs. One advancing technology can address all of these concerns: 3-D Grade Control Systems with machine controls. While this technology is not new, it has developed significantly the past several years.
Wearables at Work
In the U.S., wearables – in the form of fitness trackers – are becoming as commonplace as wristwatches. Nearly 40 million people wore a wearable device in 2016 and Juniper Research predicts one in five Americans will be using fitness trackers by 2021.
Preventing Nail Gun Injuries on Construction Sites
On construction sites, nail guns are used regularly to enhance productivity. If used improperly, however, a nail gun can cause serious injuries, landing a worker in the hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nail guns are responsible for approximately 37,000 emergency room visits each year. It is estimated that nearly 70 percent of these injuries involve workers.
What You Need to Know About Contractor-to-Contractor Equipment Rentals
The construction equipment rental industry is a $40 billion per year industry, which has not changed tremendously over the past number years. Contractors have typically rented equipment from a retail rental company with few other options. With the construction industry’s recent engagement in emerging technology, many areas, including equipment rental, are beginning to evolve.
Reactive vs. Proactive Safety on the Jobsite
Just as a small child learns to not touch the stove after being burned, many worksite safety rules are put into effect after an incident occurs. This is called taking a reactive approach to safety. While this is a necessary part of a safety culture process – many Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations are born this way – businesses should aspire to take a more proactive approach to safety.
JUL 06, 2017
Paul Lipscomb, J.D. CIC, Sr Product Market Analyst
Onboarding – A Construction Company Advantage
Construction employers and their new hires can benefit immensely from an effective onboarding program. Onboarding is a structured socialization process that helps workers assimilate to new jobs and can relieve anxiety, increase productivity and retention, and lead to a safer workforce. Even the smallest construction companies can implement a successful onboarding program and reap its benefits.
Preventing Heat Illnesses
Heat illnesses are completely preventable and yet thousands of workers are affected each year. Working outside in the sun puts construction workers at an extreme risk. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), heat illnesses affected 2,630 workers and caused 18 deaths in 2014 alone. It is crucial for employers to know prevention methods, the warning signs and what to do if a worker becomes ill.
Trench Safety Stand Down Week
Always with an eye to keep worksites safe, the National Utility Contractor’s Association (NUCA) – with the full support of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – recognizes June 19 to 24, 2017 as Trench Safety Stand Down Week. What does this mean? The NUCA is asking all contractors, municipalities, military and others involved with trenching operations to talk directly to employees and others about trench safety and excavation hazards.
The Importance of National Safe and Sound Week
Safety and health programs play a vital part in any business, but especially in industries such as construction and manufacturing. To help bring awareness to the importance of safety and health at the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is spearheading the inaugural Safe + Sound Week this June 12-18, 2017. Over 70 employee- and safety-related organizations are supporting this worthy endeavor.