“Suicide in the Construction Industry: The Silent Killer” #ElevateTheConvo

Some companies, as noted above in the Toolbox Talk, aren't fully aware of the severity of this problem. Inform your employees. One loss to suicide is "Too Many". The construction and extraction industries have the second-highest rate of suicide – 53.3 per 100,000 workers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Factors … Continue reading “Suicide in the Construction Industry: The Silent Killer” #ElevateTheConvo

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“Are You Inspecting Your Body Harness Regularly & Properly?”​ #FallProtection

Personal fall protection systems such as harnesses can be a lifesaver for those who continually or occasionally work at heights. However, if it isn't in good shape, you could be putting your life in a risky situation. It is important to inspect your fall protection gear prior to every use. Always follow the recommendations of … Continue reading “Are You Inspecting Your Body Harness Regularly & Properly?”​ #FallProtection

“OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica”

OSHA will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction until September 23, 2017, to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. See the memorandum. Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb … Continue reading “OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica”

“OSHA Cites South Dakota Company After Worker Buried in Trench Collapse” #TrenchSafety

OSHA Cites South Dakota Company After Worker Buried in Trench Collapse EMERY, SD – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited First Dakota Enterprises Inc., for failing to protect its workers from trench collapse hazards.  The Fort Pierre-based company faces proposed penalties of $95,064. On May 23, 2017, a 34-year-old … Continue reading “OSHA Cites South Dakota Company After Worker Buried in Trench Collapse” #TrenchSafety

“Contractor Buried In Trench In Belton, Kansas – Arrow Plumbing Fined $700,000 By OSHA For Continued Violations”

Theresa O’Hare raged last December at the owner of the Blue Springs plumbing company that employed her son, “D.J.” Relatives held her back from Arrow Plumbing LLC. owner Ricky Smith as firefighters worked for hours to retrieve the body of 33-year-old Donald J. Meyer from the bottom of a 12-foot trench that lacked the required shoring to … Continue reading “Contractor Buried In Trench In Belton, Kansas – Arrow Plumbing Fined $700,000 By OSHA For Continued Violations”

“Man Accidentally Shoots Nail Into Heart, Drives Himself To Hospital” #NailGun #Safety

A Wisconsin man who came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on his house calmly drove himself to the hospital and parked his pickup truck in the lot before walking into the emergency room. (Aug. 16) GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A Wisconsin man who doctors say came … Continue reading “Man Accidentally Shoots Nail Into Heart, Drives Himself To Hospital” #NailGun #Safety

“CPWR – Campaign To Prevent Falls In Construction” #Construction #Falls

The 2017 Stand-Down May Be Over, but the Campaign Is Year-Round! May 8-12, 2017 marked the 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down.  Did you participate?  If so, let us know by submitting your Success Story. You can also check out what others did by reading their Success Stories. While the Stand-Down is the key event in the Falls … Continue reading “CPWR – Campaign To Prevent Falls In Construction” #Construction #Falls

“New NIOSH Aerial Lift Operator Simulator Program Helps Identify Hazards!” #Aerial-Lift #Safety

The NEW NIOSH Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Simulator, which is intended to help aerial lift operators familiarize themselves with hazards they may encounter on the job is now available for download to use as a training tool at your workplace. In this instance, NIOSH uses the term “aerial lifts” to describe multiple types of lifts, including … Continue reading “New NIOSH Aerial Lift Operator Simulator Program Helps Identify Hazards!” #Aerial-Lift #Safety

“Coal Mine Fatality – Blue Sky Quarries, Inc. – Blue Sky Quarry #2 in Georgia” #MSHA

PDF Version METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On July 20, 2017, a miner was driving wedges into a block of granite in an attempt to break it loose.  A piece of granite weighing 9 tons fell and crushed the victim against the quarry floor. Best Practices Always conduct examinations of the workplace to identify loose ground or … Continue reading “Coal Mine Fatality – Blue Sky Quarries, Inc. – Blue Sky Quarry #2 in Georgia” #MSHA

“NFPA 350 Confined Space Fact Sheet” #ConfinedSpace

Chicago Fire was spot on when they titled a recent episode “Carry Their Legacy”. The preview showed the dangers for firefighters in dealing with confined space rescue. History shows that confined space operations are an extremely dangerous activity for the fire service. The danger starts when firefighters don’t recognize the presence of a confined space and … Continue reading “NFPA 350 Confined Space Fact Sheet” #ConfinedSpace

“Rules to Come? Future Regulatory Agenda for OSHA” #WorkplaceSafety

Today, the semiannual regulatory agenda was published. This Regulatory Agenda provides a complete list of all regulatory actions that are under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review and covers regulatory actions for over 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions. The regulatory agenda for the Department of Labor includes a total of thirteen regulatory entries … Continue reading “Rules to Come? Future Regulatory Agenda for OSHA” #WorkplaceSafety

“Stop, Think, Prevent” – “A New Workplace Safety Campaign Is Emerging” @StopThinkPrevnt

By: Marko Karr, CHST - "Stop, Think, Prevent" Program Author & Owner One is Too Many! I found myself thinking this today... In May of 2016, I proudly posted on LinkedIn how my company honored the National OSHA Stand Down Week for Fall Prevention. We are committed to reducing falls and improving the industry. The … Continue reading “Stop, Think, Prevent” – “A New Workplace Safety Campaign Is Emerging” @StopThinkPrevnt