Category Archives: Safety

OSHA moves to potentially adjust silica rule

OSHA moves to potentially adjust silica rule

Source: Safety Law Matters / Avi Meyerstein Last week, OSHA began a potential rulemaking process to expand what some might consider exceptions to the 2016 silica rule in construction. Here’s what we know… On July 29th, OSHA submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) what likely will be a future public request for […]

Safety in the trenches

Safety in the trenches

Source: EHS Today Trenching and excavation continue to place workers in the construction and utility industries in dangerous positions. The private construction industry was responsible for 80% of trenching fatalities between 2011 and 2016, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) in Trenching and Excavation specifically requires agency investigators to […]

Statements made by managers and supervisors during OSHA inspections can come back to haunt you

Statements made by managers and supervisors  during OSHA inspections can come back to haunt you

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams Everything a manager or supervisor says to an OSHA inspector who shows up at the workplace may be used against the company to support a citation. And we mean anything and everything that may be said at any point. Words can hurt […]

NSSGA announces new seat belt safety initiative: “Why Risk It? Just Click It!”

NSSGA announces new seat belt safety initiative: “Why Risk It? Just Click It!”

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The NSSGA recently announced a winner in naming the seat belt safety campaign: “Why risk it? Just click it!” The campaign’s focus is to remind the aggregate industry’s workforce of the importance of wearing seat belts on the job. The winning slogan was submitted by Johnny Farley, plant manager at the Cross Plains Quarry […]

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Source: EHS Today David Sparkman | April 16, 2019 Trucking research group recommends ways to stem increasing threat to commercial drivers A new study urges state and federal governments to take stronger actions to improve the ability of law enforcement to seek to identify and deter the growing danger of marijuana-impaired driving. A study of our […]

Technicians troubleshoot, perform maintenance at Terex Utilities Service School

Technicians troubleshoot, perform maintenance at Terex Utilities Service School

WATERTOWN, SD — Equipment technicians from Australia, India, Indonesia, Canada and the United States received hands-on service training at the 35th Annual Terex Utilities Service School held in June at Lake Area Technical Institute. During the three-day event in Watertown, SD, 48 participants rotated through their choice of 18 stations. Stations included training on specific aerial […]

Reminder: Summer weather can produce high winds – secure materials & equipment

Reminder: Summer weather can produce high winds – secure materials & equipment

Summer weather in New York can be tricky. Jobsites should be on constant alert for sudden changes and quick-rising storms, especially those that produce high winds. The NYC DOB typically will issue alerts to all NYC jobsites regarding severe weather, but their tips for a safe jobsite are relative to all contractors: Winds may reach […]

U.S. Department of Labor to hold construction safety meeting

U.S. Department of Labor to hold construction safety meeting

Committee members represent a wide range of contributors who provide input into construction standards. Stakeholders on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will meet this month to discuss amendments and clarification to current construction standards. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the meeting will take place on July 17 and  July 18 […]

Seeking input on OSHA’s silica exposure rule

Seeking input on OSHA’s silica exposure rule

The CDRA worked to modify OSHA’s employee silica exposure regulation before it officially came out more than a year ago. The rule affected many sectors of the construction industry, including concrete recyclers. We were successful in removing almost all the onerous sections of the rule. The paramount part of the rule is Table 1, which […]

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … OSHA?

Look!  Up in  the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s …  OSHA?

Source: Safety Law Matters / Husch Blackwell / Posted in ENFORCEMENT UPDATES, OSHA An internal DOL memorandum last year to OSHA regional administrators confirms that OSHA can deploy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise referred to as drones, equipped with cameras to assist with its enforcement and regulatory functions. What do employers need to know? How […]

When OSHA shows up: Practical guidance regarding walk-around rights

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips  by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) provides that, if an OSHA compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) shows up to conduct an inspection and presents his credentials to you as the employer, you have a right to guide […]

U.S. Department of Labor announces upgraded data system to assist mine operators in ensuring compliance with mine safety and health regulations

U.S. Department of Labor announces upgraded data system to assist mine operators in ensuring compliance with mine safety and health regulations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has completed a major upgrade to its primary data system – the Mine Data Retrieval System (MDRS) – bringing increased functionality and more intuitive navigation to this widely used feature. The MDRS offers a variety of tools to help operators monitor […]

The not-so-quiet dangers of hearing loss

The not-so-quiet  dangers of hearing loss

Take steps to prevent hearing damage in the workplace before it happens. Source: EHS Today / Reed Erickson  Some of the most prevalent workplace hazards aren’t seen—they’re heard. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to damaging noise levels at work, and according to the […]

Can employers correct accident and injury reports to OSHA and avoid an inspection?

Can employers correct accident and injury reports to OSHA and avoid an inspection?

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips:  by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams What happens if an accident occurs at work, but the safety director or person charged with notifying OSHA of reportable injuries and accidents receives incorrect information about the event? For instance, consider a situation where safety personnel or management receives information that […]

SDLG’s ‘Reliable Skills’ winner receives expert training and worksite optimisation

SDLG’s ‘Reliable Skills’ winner receives expert training and worksite optimisation

Last year, SDLG ran a social media campaign called ‘Reliable Skills’. It gave machine operators across Africa the chance to win a two-day operator training programme at their worksite.  The response was overwhelming; over 4,000 operators from 20 African countries participated. On October 31st, one lucky operator was drawn: Abdellah Benkaaiba, an excavator operator from […]

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Trucking research group recommends ways to stem increasing threat to commercial drivers A new study urges state and federal governments to take stronger actions to improve the ability of law enforcement to seek to identify and deter the growing danger of marijuana-impaired driving. A study of our current state of knowledge about the topic was recently […]

Protecting young and temporary workers on jobsites

Protecting young and temporary workers on jobsites

OSHA has a dedicated page on their website outlining safety practices for young workers and/or temporary employees. While these practices are generally in line with most corporate safety programs, the goal is of course to train all workers in the recognition of hazards on jobsites. Since young workers are typically inexperienced in the industry, and […]

OSHA requests information on possible updates to the Lockout/Tagout standard

OSHA requests information on possible updates to the Lockout/Tagout standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics. OSHA […]

Work zone safety: Traffic control plans and intrusion prevention

NAPA Webinar Tuesday, September 10 Road construction work zones are inherently dangerous places. Learn about best practices associated with keeping safe in the work zone. Training will include review of NAPA’s online internal traffic control training modules and is targeted toward equipment operators, truck drivers, and ground laborers involved with all aspects of road construction. […]

ARTBA Safety Week challenge to highway contractors: Certify your employees. Save lives!

Home to the Industry’s Only Internationally-Accredited Safety Program: www.puttingsafetyfirst.org WASHINGTON, DC — As the annual “Construction Safety Week” gets underway, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Foundation is challenging U.S. transportation contractors to enroll their workers in the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program. The SCTPP was launched to help significantly […]

Advancing automation: Workers worry more about site safety than losing their jobs

Advancing automation: Workers worry more about site safety than losing their jobs

Almost half of all construction workers fear safety could be put at risk on job sites when artificial intelligence (AI) and automation becomes the norm – a higher number than those worried about losing their jobs to robots, a new survey reveals. Safety tops job security as the number one concern in a recent poll […]

U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of up to $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago grants for mine safety education and training

U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of up to $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago grants for mine safety education and training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the availability of up to $400,000 in funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines. Brookwood-Sago grants focus on powered haulage […]

New CAT® safety VR module creates an immersive safety training experience for employees

New CAT® safety VR module creates an immersive safety training experience for employees

Caterpillar Safety Services announces the development of Cat® Safety VR, a new virtual reality (VR) safety training module. Customized for paving applications, the new VR safety training solution immerses the trainee into a virtual four-lane rural highway construction site, so the employee learns to interact with coworkers and identify hazards in a safe and controlled […]

What employers need to know about opioid and marijuana testing

What employers need to know  about opioid  and marijuana testing

by Courtney Llewellyn As time continues its relentless march forward, so do the problems affecting human beings. Today, there are new issues both workers and employers have to deal with that had never been of concern in the past. Two exist in a gray area — not illegal but definitely impactful on job performance; one […]

Your heavy hauling checklist

Your heavy hauling checklist

Not properly securing your load, especially when hauling construction equipment, can have dire consequences. According to a recent three-year study put out by the American Automobile Association, more than 200,000 crashes were the result of loose cargo or debris falling from vehicles, and these events led to more than 39,000 injured and 500 fatalities. Here […]