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Falls continue to plague the construction industry. According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction. Of the 991 construction worker deaths recorded in 2016, 370 resulted from falls to a lower level. In most cases, workers were not wearing their...read more
All employers should know how great the benefits can be when employees embrace safety and live it every day. But some employees may think, What’s in it for me? Well, plenty! Take a look at our list of benefits for employees who buy into safety—and tips on providing...read more
OSHA recently provided guidance about several frequently asked questions about the respirable crystalline silica rule in construction, along with a new set of videos on controlling silica dust generated by several types of equipment. Upon the compliance date of a new...read more
In a strong safety culture, everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis. Employees go beyond the call of duty to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors and intervene to correct them. For instance, in a strong safety culture any worker would...read more
Respiratory disease in workers resulting from exposure to occupational contaminants is a major area of research that was recently addressed by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) in its draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory...read more
Washington — OSHA recently announced an update of its webpage on avian influenza. Infected domestic and wild birds can transmit the disease, more commonly known as bird flu, to humans. Certain types of the virus are highly contagious among bird populations, and...read more
Yesterday, we looked at five ways employers can encourage a positive safety culture in the workplace. Today, we’ll focus more directly on management and leadership strategies that can enhance your company’s commitment to safety—and how your workers perceive it. When...read more
As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic. It's important to remember – and share with your children – some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school...read more
On Monday, three news releases from OSHA covered recent enforcement actions. Two of them were taken against construction companies that failed to protect employees from trenching hazards, and one of the enforcement actions was unfortunately taken only after two...read more
Struck-by object is one of OSHA’s Construction Focus Four topics (along with falls, electrocution, and caught-in-between), collectively the four hazards that year-to-year result in more than half the fatalities in the construction industry. For 2016, the Bureau of...read more