Construction en Dying at Work in California: 388 Workers Didn’t Come Home <div class="field-deck"> Recently released data show 388 workers were killed on the job in California in 2015, more than one per day. This and other findings are included in a report released on Workers Memorial Day by Worksafe. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Recently released data show 388 workers were killed on the job in California in 2015, more than one per day. This and other findings are included in a report released today by <a href="">Worksafe</a>, an Oakland-based worker health and safety organization, to commemorate Workers Memorial Day 2017, an international day of remembrance for workers who have been killed and injured at work.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety Training News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:22:00 +0000 54701 at He Died Standing: Tales from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ <div class="field-deck"> National COSH solicited input from its network of 21 COSH groups around the country as well as worker advocates and labor groups to determine the 12 employers who most egregiously put their employees and communities at risk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The &quot;Dirty Dozen 2017&quot; report &ndash; which highlights 12 companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe&nbsp;practices &ndash; was released on April 26 in observance of Workers&rsquo; Memorial Week, which honors workers who lost their lives on the job and their families.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:20:00 +0000 54651 at <p>OSHA released a white paper in 2012 that estimated the total cost of a workplace fatality &ndash; legal costs, medical costs, training, lost productivity, etc. &ndash; at $8.7 million.</p> Roger Kerson/National COSH AFL-CIO: Latino Worker Death Rate Climbs, Regulations to Protect Workers in Jeopardy <div class="field-deck"> Peg Seminario, AFL-CIO’s director of safety and health, indicates that economic growth coupled with a changing political climate could be the reasons why certain demographics have higher fatality rates in the workplace. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>AFL-CIO has released the 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;edition of its&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect&quot; report which investigates the current state of health and safety for America&#39;s workers.</p> <p>Comprehensive analysis was performed on 2015 data pulled from sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA. The most recent data discovered that while the number of worker deaths flatlined overall, the fatality rate of America&#39;s Latino workers was at 18 percent higher than the national average.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News Wellness Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:57:00 +0000 54631 at Thinkstock Judge: Two Companies Operated as Single Employer at Worksite Where Employees Were Injured <div class="field-deck"> An OSHA administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that two Massachusetts contractors – A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvements – were operating as a single employer at a worksite when three employees were injured in October 2014. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three employees at a Wenham, Mass., worksite were performing residential roofing work on a ladder jack scaffold when the wooden plank on which they were standing snapped, causing them to fall 20 feet to the ground. An OSHA investigation found that the wooden plank was not graded for scaffold use and its invoice made clear it was not for scaffold use. Other hazards noted during the OSHA inspection included deficiencies with the scaffold&rsquo;s components and structure and lack of fall protection for the employees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:00 +0000 54611 at Peter Nees Charged with Lying to OSHA During Fatality Investigation <div class="field-deck"> Nees allegedly altered the scene of an accident after it occurred. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Nov. 20, 2014, John W. Miles III, died following a fall through a skylight during a roofing job in Jacksonville, Fla.</p> <p>Pinnacle Roofing Contractors Inc., a company who previously had been cited by OSHA for fall safety hazards, received two willful and two serious violations. The agency also named Pinnacle a Severe Violator and proposed $154,000 in fines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:25:00 +0000 54521 at Thinkstock The Question We All Should Ask: Is My Loved One Safe at Work? <div class="field-deck"> The American Society of Safety Engineers is urging families and communities to become involved in safety campaigns to reduce work-related injuries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There is one overlooked question that people across North America should ask themselves: &ldquo;Is my loved one safe at work today?&rdquo; This spring, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is building on that critical question and encouraging people to get involved in one or more of several workplace safety campaigns that can make a difference in reducing risks.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Fall Protection Safety Training News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:19:00 +0000 54491 at <p>Events in April, May and June draw attention to the importance of occupational safety and health for all workers, and encourage employers and family members to encourage employees and loved ones to work safely.</p> Thinkstock British Safety Council: Let’s Make Time for Conversations about Mental Health <div class="field-deck"> The British Safety Council is contributing to a new campaign organized by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association called “Stop. Make a Change.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and its members in the construction and civil engineering industries, the British Safety Council, a founding partner of the mental health program Mates in Mind, is supporting the safety campaign organized by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) called <a href=";d=DwMCAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=nOuiXhX8l9UoscacvdMqCA11TNQ1mV4RPOpW-BasGQI&amp;s=fV4NYaalToTlwe4wurgn9DlDc6C42a</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Health News Wellness Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:06:00 +0000 54481 at <p>Providing help for construction workers suffering from mental health issues is a multi-faceted challenge in the UK, with the British Safety Council and others stepping up to help.</p> Thinkstock Guardrail Basics: What You Need to Know <div class="field-deck"> OSHA’s fall protection and guardrail requirements along with the International Building Code (IBC) are standards all builders, contractors and construction workers should follow for optimal building safety. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Providing safety precautions in both fall protection and guardrails can help workers make sure they&rsquo;re following all the proper procedures to avoid any potential accidents.</p> <p>The key to providing a safe atmosphere within your building is to follow the standards set by both the International Code Council (ICC) and OSHA, whose standards crossover in fall protection and guardrail requirements.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000 54471 at Thinkstock Criminal Indictment, Nearly $1.5 Million in Proposed OSHA Fines for Employer Involved in Fatal Boston Trench Collapse <div class="field-deck"> Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. has been cited for 18 violations by OSHA, and the company and owner now face charges of manslaughter in the deaths last year of two workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks went to work on a fall day in Boston, just like any other day. On that day &ndash; Oct. 21, 2016 &ndash; the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, trapping them in soil up to their waists. The trench collapse caused an adjacent fire hydrant supply line to snap. It quickly filled the trench with water, drowning the men within a matter of seconds in a terrifying, watery grave. Despite the desperate efforts of their coworkers, the men died at the scene.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:48:00 +0000 54451 at <p>Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley on Feb. 8 announces manslaughter charges in the 2016 deaths of two men in a South End trench collapse. With Conley (right) are ADA Michael V. Glennon (left), who responded to the scene, and ADA Lynn Feigenbaum (center) of the Senior Trial Unit, who led the grand jury investigation that culminated in criminal charges.</p> Suffolk County Attorney General's Office Do Seismic Celebrations Create Stadium Safety Concerns? <div class="field-deck"> When the response of Seattle Seahawks fans to Marshawn Lynch’s amazing play in the final minutes of a 2011 playoff win against the New Orleans Saints created a seismic event, what did that mean for Seattle’s aging football stadium? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With his team leading 34-30 in the final minutes of a wild card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints in 2011, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took a handoff and exploded through the hole, beginning what would turn out to be a 67-yard touchdown run.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:53:00 +0000 54381 at <p>Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.</p> Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images