Learning from the Past: Building a Safer Environment for the Future of Construction

The National Safety Stand Down and OSHA’s National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down typically are scheduled for the first week of May, but as you know, 2020 is not a typical year. However, construction workers are considered “essential,” and many construction sites remain active, so the postponement of the Safety Stand-Down is no reason to postpone construction worksite safety!

One of the reasons OSHA and other organizations maintain a special focus on construction safety is because it is considered one of the deadliest professions, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation, for example, continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for nearly one-third of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Roofers are No. 4 on the list of the 10 deadliest professions, while iron and steel structural workers are listed at … Read more...

Taking Construction Safety Best Practices to New Heights Using Technology

Tracking leading and lagging indicators and using that data to make decisions about workplace safety efforts can help reduce injuries and illnesses and in some cases, can contribute to productivity gains.

Join us for a May 12 webinar, “Taking Construction Safety Best Practices to New Heights Using Technology,” explores the technology-driven journey of Moss Construction. Moss reduced injuries and illnesses while maintaining an impressive TRIR of 0.44 at a LTIR of 0.15. At the same time, the company experienced a 30 to 40 percent year-over-year growth with approximately $2 billion in annual revenue.

The webinar is hosted by Construction Executive and features Scott Gerard, Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety for Moss Construction, and Scott Gaddis, Practice Lead and VP of Health and Safety for Intelex. They will discuss how the company utilizes Intelex technology to successfully manage safety performance, reducing injuries and related costs. Gerard also will share some … Read more...

Public Employee Safety, New Construction Standard and George Clooney, War Profiteers

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Loophole in Safety Laws Contribute to Injuries and Death
  • Enforcement of New Construction Standard for Confined Spaces Postponed
  • George Clooney, War Profiteers and the Hidden Costs of Conflict Minerals

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Safety of Public Employees. Click here
  • Construction industry gets more time for confined space compliance. Click here.
  • George Clooney, War Profiteers and the Hidden Costs of Conflict Minerals. Click here.

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Managing Temporary Worker Safety in the Construction Industry

In recent months OSHA and NIOSH have begun cracking down on organizations for their historically lax treatment of temporary workers in regard to safety. The reasoning for this increased attention, along with subsequent stiff fines is twofold. According to Dave Michaels, OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor, there are 23% more temporary workers in the job market than there were before the recession. This in combination with the fact that temporary workers are 3-4 times more likely to be injured or killed on the job has contributed to a rash of recent incidents.  OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI), officially announced in April 2013, affects all industries but in particular manufacturing and construction, which traditionally employ the most temporary workers and contractors.  This increased focus can have a significant impact both on brand and financial bottom lines.

Who is responsible?

With the majority of temporary workers coming from staffing agencies it is … Read more...

DOT’s New Rules for Crude Oil, Mysterious Factory Worker Deaths in China, Preventing Falls Through Building Design, and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Work-related depression/stress the “elephant in the boardroom”
  • Emergency shower safety in the workplace
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) proposes new oil-by-rail rules
  • PHMSA proposes reduced requirements for transporting explosives
  • Young factory workers in China dying mysteriously in their sleep
  • NIOSH recommendations on preventing falls through building design

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • New proposed rules from the Department of Transportation on crude oil, flammable materials: Read them here.
  • Emergency shower safety protocol. Read it here.
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Webinar: 5 Essential Steps for Managing Safety to Win Contracts in Construction

Demonstrating that you have comprehensive commitment to safety isn’t just a nice to have in the construction business, it’s imperative. More and more construction projects are actually requiring contractors to show that they have a safety management system in place to protect workers, ensure compliance and reduce risk. Without it, you just can’t win those contracts.

What’s important to know is that ensuring you have those systems in place isn’t as challenging as you might think! In this FREE 30-minute webinar, Intelex construction solution expert Tomas Kuras covers what it means to implement a safety management system for your business and how your company will benefit.

Watch this webinar and learn how to:

  • Identify the essential components of a safety system.
  • Assess the investment and timelines that are involved with implementing a safety system.
  • Calculate the potential savings to your business when utilizing a safety system that streamlines the management
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The National Safety Stand-down: Preventing Falls in Construction

Last week over one million workers and 25,000 businesses took part in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction. This was a voluntary event that encouraged employers across the country to speak with their employees about fall hazards and fall prevention measures.

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, with fall prevention one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards. This event was designed to help educate both workplaces and employees on ways that injuries and fatalities from falls can be prevented.

OSHA also provided eight helpful suggestions for how an organization could hold their own fall prevention stand-down:

1. Start early so the stand-down is organized, coordinated and everyone involved understands their role and duties.

2. Ask everyone involved with your project to participate (ex. subcontractors, owner, architects, etc.).

3. Review your fall prevention program for a more effective stand-down.

4. Establish … Read more...

EPA’s New Carbon Pollution Rule, National Safety Stand-Down Week, Tips for Safer Construction Sites and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • EPA announces new carbon pollution rule for power plants
  • Canada relaxes flight safety rules related to mobile devices
  • AIHA Yant Award winner’s research on standing vs. sitting
  • National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction
  • EHS professionals invited to fill out 2014 National Safety Survey
  • Three steps to a safer construction site

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • National Safety Stand-down. Find out more here.
  • EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey. Take the survey here.
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