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OSHA announces construction industry-specific safety guidelines to be released this summer

It’s no secret that working in the construction industry can be dangerous. With a higher risk of injury in the workplace, ensuring safety standards are followed precisely can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it is in the process of crafting a new set of safety and health program management guidelines exclusively for the construction industry based on past feedback from its guidelines created in 1989. “One of the issues that was identified as a result of the public comments was that both employers and workers ... Read More

Fastrack Erectors charged with failure to provide fall protection in case of young ironworker’s death

The tragic death of a 22-year-old ironworker from Raymore, Mo., which spurred an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has ended with a St. Louis-area contractor being charged with failure to provide fall protection equipment. Eric Roach was working with another ironworker on the construction site of a Kansas City distribution warehouse in July of 2014, with the job of guiding a 26-foot-by-3-foot bundle of sheet-metal roof decking. The sheet metal was being lifted by crane while Roach’s job was to set it atop the bar joists on the 300,000 square-foot distribution warehouse. It was while ... Read More

OSHA announces new rule to protect construction workers in confined spaces

Construction workers in confined spaces now have stronger protections thanks to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). According to OSHA, the new rule will require employers of construction workers in confined spaces to share their safety information with employees, as well as monitor the confined spaces for any safety hazards. Confined spaces includes any area large enough for an employee to enter, spaces with limited entry or exit ways, as well as spaces not designed for excessive occupancy, such as tanks, crawl spaces and manholes. OSHA has found that employees forced to work in confined spaces may face safety hazards ... Read More

Victims of fatal industrial accident in Montgomery County identified by ALDOT

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The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has identified two men who died Jan. 8 at a construction site in Montgomery County, Ala. The bridge construction site is part of the multi-million dollar Montgomery Outer Loop project. It now serves as the scene of an ongoing investigation into the industrial accident that killed the two construction workers. The victims, recently identified as 63-year-old David Lee White of Montgomery and 53-year-old Lomax Phillips of Birmingham, were believed to have been operating the man-lift when a bracket failure caused the lift to detach from the side of the bridge, tumbling the two workers and ... Read More

NYC construction deaths plunge thanks to better regulations, enforcement, awareness

New York City construction-related accidents fell by 28 percent in 2010 over the previous year, the city’s Buildings Commissioner announced. The Department of Buildings says the dramatic improvement can be attributed to increased enforcement, 25 new safety regulations, and a greater outreach to members of the construction industry. The figure is based on 157 construction accidents reported in 2010, including 4 fatal accidents. All four of the construction workers killed last year died as a result of inadequate fall protections on the job site. Despite the safety deficiencies in those company worksites, fatal on-the-job construction accidents nevertheless decreased 78 percent ... Read More

New crane safety regulations take effect this fall

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced new rule today addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction, replacing a decades-old standard that left construction sites throughout the country tragically unsafe. According to the Labor Department, crane and derrick accidents kill 100 people on average every year in the U.S. A single crane collapse on East 51st in Manhattan left seven people dead two years ago. Later that same year, another crane fell into an apartment building in New York’s Upper East Side, killing two workers and injuring others. The new rule published today is designed to prevent the ... Read More