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Construction industry’s growth slows

Construction industry’s growth slows

| September 25, 2013

Experts have predicted downward growth for the US construction industry for what remains of 2013 and the coming year. Although residential construction continues to grow, commercial construction is lagging. According to construction consultancy FMI’s latest Construction Outlook report, the revised growth figure for total construction in all sectors is 6% for 2013, a drop of […]




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How current lead exposure limits are failing workers

How current lead exposure limits are failing workers

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to findings presented in an analysis from the Environmental Protection Agency, current limits for occupational lead exposure do little to address the potential health risks of low-level, long-term exposure. Lead dust, which has been linked to cardiovascular and neurological deficits, is common in industries such as manufacturing, home remodeling and automotive repair. The Occupational […]




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Safety basics: How do I report a construction hazard?

Safety basics: How do I report a construction hazard?

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Infrastructure is constantly going up and coming down around us. Construction projects clutter our streets, sidewalks, hallways, and neighborhoods; if they’re conducted unsafely, every demographic is put in danger, from workers to passersby. All you have to do is take a look at our #HazardSpotting series to see a how common some bad practices are. […]




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Top 5 construction safety apps

Top 5 construction safety apps

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

A survey of 249 construction firms revealed that construction businesses use mobile applications mainly for keeping business contacts organized (40%), scheduling (29%), updating project status, and assigning tasks (22%). The use of mobile devices allows construction workers to make quick decisions, eliminate time-consuming errors, and provide instant reporting on the jobsite. Some companies have gone […]




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What safety hazards do you see in this urban construction site? #HazardSpotting

What safety hazards do you see in this urban construction site? #HazardSpotting

| August 13, 2013 | 6 Comments

#HazardSpotting is a community safety initiative that helps raise awareness about dangerous workplace safety violations. Our audience submits pictures, and we write an article with insight from featured safety professionals. In our ninth installment, we’re highlighting the sidewalk scaffolding hazards in an urban construction zone. A few years ago I worked on an urban construction housing […]




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Your summertime roof safety reminder

Your summertime roof safety reminder

| August 6, 2013

As high temperatures push people to the highest points in their homes or workplaces (whether or not they have legal access) it’s important to keep safety in mind. For most parts of the country, the warmer months are also roofing season, making roof safety an even higher priority. Fall Protection For construction workers, fall protection […]




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What crane construction hazards do you see? #HazardSpotting

What crane construction hazards do you see? #HazardSpotting

| July 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

#HazardSpotting is a community safety initiative that helps raise awareness about dangerous workplace safety violations. Our audience submits pictures, and we write an article with insight from featured safety professionals. In our eighth installment, we’re highlighting the crane hazards in a building construction zone. Cranes often inspire passersby to nervously look up, but when we took […]




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Witt Plumbing Inc. fined $157,000 after a trench cave-in kills worker

Witt Plumbing Inc. fined $157,000 after a trench cave-in kills worker

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Witt Plumbing Inc. for trenching hazards after an unprotected trench collapsed at a residential construction site on Jan 16, killing a worker. The worker was locating a sewage drainpipe at the site in Hastings, Neb. when the trench cave-in occurred. The company has been charged with […]




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Summer sounds can bring hearing loss

Summer sounds can bring hearing loss

| July 1, 2013

What are the sounds of summer? For many of us, it means the chirping of birds, but also the whirl of lawnmowers and the din of jackhammers as construction season kicks into high gear. It also means there will be many people exposed to excessive, potentially dangerous levels of noise who aren’t used to thinking […]




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Safety awards: a high-five program that changed a company

Safety awards: a high-five program that changed a company

| June 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

Not all safety incentive programs need to be expensive or complicated. At Rocky Mountain Masonry, a daily high-five routine has helped educate and inspire workers, earning the company the 2013 Charles A. Cain Safety Award. The award was presented by the Utah’s Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) for innovative safety practices. The workers also meet for five minutes […]




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Less safety culture, more work accidents

Less safety culture, more work accidents

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Does your company have a safety program, safety culture or safety climate? If you’re not sure, that could have a direct and damaging impact on your health. The relationship between safety culture and work accidents: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Developing strong safety cultures has the single greatest impact on accident reduction […]




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