Half of All Construction Worker Deaths Involve Falls, New Data Shows

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A recently created database allowed researchers to determine that, in a 33-year period, falls accounted for nearly half of all construction worker deaths – and more than half of the workers killed lacked access to fall protection – according to the Center for Construction Research and Training (also known as CPWR). Using data from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, the researchers found fatality reports for 768 construction industry fatalities and created a searchable Read more [...]

OSHA Fines Increase Again for 2018

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On Jan. 2, 2018 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Federal Register notice announcing an increase in the maximum penalty amounts for violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health standards and regulations. Civil penalties for violations of workplace safety and health standards are 2 percent higher, with a new maximum fine of nearly $130,000. OSHA increased its penalties to adjust for inflation as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, which initially Read more [...]

Update: OSHA Injury & Illness Electronic Record-Keeping Requirements Revised

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has said that it wants to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule—one of the reasons the requirements have been delayed. The recently released fall 2017 Unified Regulatory Agenda provides some insight into what we should expect from OSHA. According to the agenda, the Agency intends to issue a proposed rule limiting the electronic submission of injury and illness Read more [...]

NIOSH Launches New Lifting App

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Lifting-related musculoskeletal disorders cause a third of injuries serious enough to lead to missed work. The price tag associated with those incidents is between $45 and $54 billion annually. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a free app that brings the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE) to smart phones. RNLE is an internationally recognized standard for safe lifting. For more than 20 years, employees and safety professionals have used a NIOSH paper Read more [...]

National Safe Digging Day is Aug. 11

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Aug. 11 is National Safe Digging Day, an important reminder to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. By law, anyone planning to excavate or demolish is required to call 811 at least three days before work begins. Whether you're a contractor planning an excavation project or  a homeowner building a deck or addition onto your home, the “Call Before You Dig” law applies at all times. Here's how it works: When you call 811, a representative will Read more [...]

OSHA Releases Final Rule on Beryllium Levels

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Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule regarding allowable beryllium exposure levels for workers. The rule will reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit from the previous level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The rule requires additional protections, including personal protective equipment, training, and medical exams. Workers who inhale airborne beryllium in the workplace can develop a lung condition called chronic beryllium disease or CBD. Occupational Read more [...]

Changes Made to ANSI Hand Safety Standards

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ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 addresses the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties related to mechanical protection (cut-resistance, puncture resistance, and abrasion resistance), chemical protection (permeation resistance, degradation), and other performance characteristics such as ignition resistance and vibration reductions based on standardized test methods. Understanding the ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 update is important when choosing the correct level of hand protection Read more [...]

Recordable Injury or Simple First Aid: How to Know

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Do you know when to record an injury? Correct record-keeping is more important than ever. Federal OSHA does not require employers to record injuries that only require first aid on OSHA injury and illness forms (OSHA Form 300 and 301 Incident Reports). At most workplaces, injuries or illnesses requiring only first aid are commonplace. However, it is easy to get confused about when to record an incident and what is really a recordable event. This article will explain which types of cases federal Read more [...]

When the Dust Settles: OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica

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OSHA’s highly controversial final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica has been issued. This is a major development as this rule represents the first reduction in silica exposure limits since 1971. It will have a significant impact on several industries, including 2 million construction workers and 300,000 in general industry and maritime sectors, including hydraulic fracturing. New Standards: 29 CFR 1910.1053 (GI), 1915.1053 (Maritime) and 1926.1153 (Construction) The rule Read more [...]