“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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“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

“New OSHA Regulations On Concrete Silica Dust Exposure Rule” #Silica #Construction

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Labor will begin to enforce its reduction in the amount of silica that construction workers can be exposed to over an eight-hour day. The U.S Department of Labor will start enforcing its new concrete silica dust ruling for construction on September 23, 2017 (moved from June 23, 2017). … Continue reading “New OSHA Regulations On Concrete Silica Dust Exposure Rule” #Silica #Construction

Safety Photo of the Year: “Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important”

Caution: Somewhat Graphic Photo - Note: This Photo is the property of Jack Benton, and may not be used without written consent. Note: I dont know all of the details of this incident and only know that this accident was caused by failure to follow LOTO procedures. Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Introduction "Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)" … Continue reading Safety Photo of the Year: “Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important”

“OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations For Fiscal Year 2014”

Speaking at the 2014 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, shared preliminary numbers for the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards in fiscal year (FY) 2014. Keep reading to find out what made the cut this year and how you can avoid these common … Continue reading “OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations For Fiscal Year 2014”

Australia Officially Has The Most Adorably Morbid First Aid Video Ever Too!

"The safety professionals in Australia produce some of the most "thought-provoking" and at times, explicit safety videos. But they do drive home an important message, as this one does about First Aid" It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, … Continue reading Australia Officially Has The Most Adorably Morbid First Aid Video Ever Too!

New! – “OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool”

OSHA's Hazard Identification Training Tool is an interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification. After using this tool, users will better understand the process to identify hazards in their own workplace. This tool is intended to: (1) Teach small business owners and … Continue reading New! – “OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool”

“The Fatal Four” – Safety in the Construction Industry [Infographic]

Safety should be one of the top priorities of any construction company. Since the 7th annual Construction Safety Day is just around the corner, Viewpoint decided to take a deeper look at the construction industry’s safety statistics over the past decade. The infographic below breaks down the most common injuries in construction, work fatalities in … Continue reading “The Fatal Four” – Safety in the Construction Industry [Infographic]

Do Your Employees Have Basic First Aid Training?

"The safety professionals in Australia produce some of the most "thought-provoking" and at times, explicit safety videos. But they do drive home an important message, as this one does about First Aid" It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, … Continue reading Do Your Employees Have Basic First Aid Training?

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electrical Power Generation Safety

Release: 14-547-NAT Date: April 1, 2014 Contact: Lauren North Phone: 202-693-4655 Email: north.lauren.a   OSHA announces final rule revising standards for electric power generation, transmission and distribution WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it would be issuing a final rule* to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric … Continue reading OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electrical Power Generation Safety

“Shake Hands With Danger” – “Caterpillar Construction Safety Video – 1970”

  HIGHLIGHTS What's New New OSHA schedules informal hearing on proposed extension of crane operator certification deadline. OSHA News Release [4/15/2014] New OSHA announces national stand-down for fall prevention in construction [3/19/14] New No more falling workers: OSHA focuses on protecting cell tower employees after increase in worksite fatalities. OSHA News Release, (2014 Feb. 11) … Continue reading “Shake Hands With Danger” – “Caterpillar Construction Safety Video – 1970”

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign – “Are Your Employees Trained?”

Falls From Floor - Floor Falls From Bridges Leading Edge Falls Re-Roofing Falls Scaffolding Falls FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable. Falls can be prevented and lives can be … Continue reading OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign – “Are Your Employees Trained?”

OSHA Considers PEL Revision Only for Beryllium Rule in Construction

  Updated: The federal agency responsible for workplace safety on Friday contemplated tighter regulation of the toxic metal beryllium, which exists in small amounts in coal slag, a product used as a blast abrasive to prepare the hulls and tanks of ships for coats of paint. The product is also used in blasting operations on … Continue reading OSHA Considers PEL Revision Only for Beryllium Rule in Construction

What Is PSM (Process Safety Management)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20-z4d_vrTE PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program. OSHA Directive CPL 03-00-014, (2011, November 29). Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program. OSHA Directive CPL 03-00-010, (2009, August 18). Refinery NEP First Year Inspection Results [69 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. OSHA. Letter to Refinery Manager Attachment A Attachment B Process Safety Management Depends on … Continue reading What Is PSM (Process Safety Management)?

The Dangers of Working at Heights

New data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) show you don’t have to fall very far for the fall to be deadly. In 2011, CFOI began collecting information on the height of fatal falls. In construction, almost half of the fatal falls (48.8 percent) were from 20 feet or less, 14 percent were … Continue reading The Dangers of Working at Heights

Safety Comic of the Day – November 3, 2013

No story needed for this one. 😎 I wonder if he recorded it on his OSHA 300 Log? What's New OSHA Injury and Illness forms are now available in a pdf fillable format Incentive Program Memo On June 22, 2011 OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modify the industry coverage of the recordkeeping rule and the Fatality/Catastrophe … Continue reading Safety Comic of the Day – November 3, 2013