Fall Protection Safety

Fall protection and safety is a major concern at construction sites. In fact, OSHA cites injuries from falls as one of its top 10 worksite injuries. Falls and falling objects can result from unstable working surfaces, ladders that are not safely positioned and misuse of fall protection. Workers are also subject to falls or the…

Avoid Construction Vibration Damage

Understanding the science behind vibration damage can help construction companies avoid costly, and frequent, construction losses. The cost can be more than financial, putting the reputations of construction companies at risk, as one contractor learned. Vibration from bridge construction activity damaged a house, according to a lawsuit filed by a nearby homeowner. The lawsuit threatened…

Fatigue: A Job Site Hazard

A recent survey by the National Safety Council found that 69 percent of workers feel fatigued at work, exposing themselves to on-the-job accidents and injuries. The workers facing the most risk of fatigue-related accidents are those who do shift work, particularly in industries like construction. In fact, 100 percent of construction workers surveyed reported experiencing…

OSHA’s Silica Rule

About 2 million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces. OSHA estimates that more than 840,000 of these workers are exposed to silica levels that exceed the new permissible exposure limit (PEL). Exposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause kidney disease, silicosis, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. Here is…

Impact of Emerging Technology on Equipment

Companies are becoming increasingly reliant on emerging technologies. Data centers are increasingly vital to business operations. Complex, digitally controlled, remotely operated machinery is replacing much of the manual operator control equipment. This rapidly evolving technology means new risks for businesses. While the term “equipment” once primarily referred to boilers, today’s equipment is more complex, and is controlled…