Safety / OSHA
Why Safety Harness Comfort is Critical to Protecting Workers from Falls
By Anne Osbourn, OH&S
When it comes to fall protection PPE (personal protective equipment) harnesses, there’s no shortage of excuses from workers who do not want to don gear that’s hot and heavy.
Lighter weight harnesses are available, but they don’t always equate to “comfort”—especially for...
Too Many Biases to Even Name Impact Safety
By Len Kinor, Industrial Safety and Hygiene News
One of the biggest wake-up calls I had recently was when I realized the detrimental impact biases have in the world of safety. Most people recognize that biases exist in “the other guy” but fail to see these preconceived notions in themselves. SPOILER ALERT: We...
Akron Construction Company Owner Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Employee's Death in a Fall
This news article is by By Stephanie Warsmith from the Akron Beacon Journal.
On his first day working for a local contractor, Gerardo “Jerry” Juarez was excited about his new job.
On his second day, the Akron man fell off the third-story roof he was repairing, receiving fatal injuries.
James D. Coon, the owner...
The Importance of Weather Monitoring on Construction Sites
By Michael Tobias, Construction Executive
Risk management is so important for project success that the Project Management Body of Knowledge uses an entire chapter to cover the topic. Construction work must often be performed under the influence of external factors, including the weather. Contractors must suspend any activity that cannot...
Returning Injured Employees to Work
By Ray Gage, Construction Executive
Having an employee injured on the job is a major concern to all employers; no one wants to see someone get hurt. But of equal concern is the fallout that often ensues from a workplace injury, such as lost production, low morale, rising insurance costs, potential lawsuits and so forth....
Drones: OSHA’s Newest Inspection Tool
By Megan E. Baroni and Jonathan H. Schaefer, Construction Executive
It is not uncommon to see drones flying overhead in public spaces. However, the increasing presence of drones over worksites could cause employers across the country to be concerned—especially if an OSHA inspector is operating the drone. Inspections involving the...
The Jobsite’s Invisible Injury
By Steve Ochs, Construction Business Owner
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2017, employers were required to pay more than $1.5 million in penalties for not adequately protecting workers from noise exposure; an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for...
Identifying and Reducing Worker Fatigue in Construction
Article is by Armand E. Sabitoni, Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America
A career in construction can be very rewarding, offering both physical and mental challenges, work that’s always changing and excellent pay and benefits. However, we know the nature of the work also brings risks to worker safety and...
Highway Construction Workers Urged to Get Certified in Safety
From the webpage of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN)
Three major transportation construction contractors are challenging their peers to reach a goal that could save lives: have at least 25 of their employees each year earn a Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) credential
In an effort...