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Posts made in November, 2012

Column at ISHN Asks, “How Do We Stop Construction Falls?”

By on Nov 8, 2012 in Updates |

Pete Stafford of CPWR- The Center For Construction Research and Training has written a column at ISHN raising awareness about preventable falls in construction. From the article: Safety and health professionals, academics, and government officials — perhaps you who are reading this — have worked tirelessly to make a dent in these tragic statistics. Thankfully, a dent has been made, as we see injuries trending downward. Yet fatality rates remain stubbornly, and unacceptably, high. It was time to do something different. It was time for a national campaign to reduce (even bring an end to) the No. 1 killer of construction workers — falls. Continue reading Pete Stafford’s column at...

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Florida Case Highlights Residential Fall Protection Requirements

By on Nov 8, 2012 in Updates |

Occupational Health and Safety Online, in an article regarding an OSHA enforcement case in Florida, noted OSHA’s concern for fall hazards: OSHA, a partner agency in a two-year national campaign to reduce construction fatal falls, said the violations in this case involved failing to provide eye protection for workers using pneumatic nail guns, fall protection for workers installing roofing materials on steep-pitched roofs, and a safe means for workers to access and exit a 19-foot-high roof. “The danger of fall hazards cannot be overstated. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA’s area director in Jacksonville. “When fall protection is absent, workers are only steps away from a deadly or disabling plunge. This employer must take effective steps to ensure that proper safeguards are in place and in use at all job sites.” Read more about the case...

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Occupational Health and Safety Online Advises Contractors on How to be Safety Compliant

By on Nov 8, 2012 in Updates |

Occupational Health and Safety Online has an article on how contractors can prepare to be safety compliant with OSHA’s new fall protection regulations. Their advice? Plan. Provide. Train. From the article: Today, falls remain the leading cause of death for workers engaged in residential construction, with an average of 40 workers suffering a fatal fall from a residential structure each year. These types of at-height worker injury and fatality statistics prompted OSHA to rescind the original interim instruction and invoke stricter safety regulations. OSHA’s issuance of the new instruction (1926.501) is a progressive, life-saving change for the residential construction industry, especially those working at height. Follow OSHA’s three simple steps to preventing falls — plan, provide, and train — and your workers will not only be in compliance with the regulations, but also safe. Want to read the rest of their advice? Check out their article...

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eLCOSH: Finding Information on Falls and Other Hazards Just Got Easier

By on Nov 2, 2012 in Updates |

The newly upgraded version of the electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (eLCOSH) is making the search for information on hazards such as falls and safe work practices easier for contractors, workers, trainers, and others interested in making job sites safer.  Stakeholders interested in finding information on falls or scaffolds have two options: either type the word or phrase in the search box, or click on the hazard menu on the Home page and select falls or scaffolds.  Either search approach will generate a list of related items broken down by categories such as “Toolbox Talks,” “Presentations,” “Videos,” and more.  Users can also narrow their search results by trade or job site – allowing quicker access to what they need. See for yourself by visiting...

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