Construction en OSHA Fines Arrow Plumbing LLC After Fatal Trench Collapse <div class="field-deck"> Blue Springs, Mo.-based Arrow Plumbing LLC faces more than $700,000 in penalties after a 33-year-old employee died in a trench collapse. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Dec. 15 2016, 33-year-old Donald Meyer&nbsp;arrived at a job site and began to perform his duties as a plumber. He never returned home.</p> <p>While working in a 12-ft-deep unprotected&nbsp;trench, the walls collapsed around Meyer, burying him in 10 ft. of dirt. Rescue crews did not recover his body until that night.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:19:00 +0000 55771 at Four Minutes: Life and Death in Confined Spaces <div class="field-deck"> Of all the workplace hazards, confined spaces are some of the most deceptive. What looks like a "normal" space could be a deathtrap: filled with hazardous gases or, just as likely, lacking in oxygen. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Four minutes is all it takes for a confined space &quot;rescue&quot; to turn into a &quot;body retrieval&quot; exercise. After only four minutes without oxygen, it highly is likely that a worker who is not wearing a respirator will experience brain damage or death.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction EHS Today Magazine Respirators Safety Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:12:00 +0000 55441 at The Heat Is On! 6 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat <div class="field-byline"> Corey Berghoefer </div> <div class="field-deck"> To keep your workforce safe and productive, employers must educate employees and supervisors alike about the potential dangers of intense heat during the dog days of summer. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The long, hot days of summer will be here before we know it. In fact, most of the United States is expected to be hotter than normal June through August 2017, according to the National Weather Service&rsquo;s Climate Prediction Center.<br /> <br /> That means heat safety should be top priority in any industrial work environment. To keep your talent safe and productive, employers must educate employees and supervisors alike about the potential dangers of heat stress and heat stroke.<br /> <br /> <strong>Managing the Risk</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Health Safety Training News Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +0000 55291 at <p>Heat-related illness is a concern for many workers &ndash; not just those who work outside &ndash; as summer temperatures heat up. Fortunately, it can be avoided by following these six tips.</p> Thinkstock Worker Sucked Into Long Island Cesspool <div class="field-deck"> A cesspool collapsed at a home on Long Island, consuming the front yard and part of the driveway of the home and killing a worker who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Edward Sinnott, a 59-year-old worker, was sucked into a collapsing cesspool on May 24, resulting in an hours-long, unsuccessful rescue effort. Another worker nearly was sucked in when the sinkhole developed around 1 p.m., but managed to grab onto construction equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News Thu, 25 May 2017 14:18:00 +0000 55211 at <p>A construction worker was killed when he was sucked into a sinkhole in front of a Long Island, N.Y., home.</p> YouTube Brooklyn Construction Company Owner Indicted for Manslaughter <div class="field-deck"> Workers’ safety concerns and industry protocols allegedly were ignored prior to a wall collapse that killed a young, inexperienced worker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The owner of a Bedford-Stuyvesant construction company and his businesses have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall collapsed at an excavation site, killing construction worker Fernando Vanegaz and injuring two others.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 22 May 2017 16:31:00 +0000 55161 at <p>The owner of a construction company has been indicted on charges of manslaughter after a wall collapse killed one worker and severely injured two others. He allegedly ignored building codes, worker safety concerns and workplace safety laws.</p> Thinkstock 58 Percent of Construction Workers Say Safety Takes a Backseat to Productivity <div class="field-deck"> By comparison, 36 percent of workers in 14 industries surveyed by the National Safety Council feel their employers prioritize production. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A&nbsp;National Safety Council&nbsp;survey&nbsp;found 58 percent of Americans working in construction &ndash; the industry that sees the most workplace fatalities each year &ndash; feel that safety takes a backseat to productivity and completing job tasks. What&rsquo;s more, 51 percent say management does only the minimum required by law to keep employees safe, and 47 percent say employees are afraid to report safety issues.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News Thu, 18 May 2017 17:52:00 +0000 55121 at Sandy Says: What Should Be the Cost To Employers Who Ignore Their Responsibilities? <div class="field-deck"> It's hard to find justice in a system that charges more for parking violations than it does for manslaughter. </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, unshored trench in which they were working collapsed, trapping them in soil up to their waists.</p> <p>As their coworkers scrambled to dig them out, an adjacent fire hydrant supply line snapped, filling the trench with water. 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 EHS Today Magazine Safety OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 18:20:00 +0000 54991 at Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies After Confined Space Death <div class="field-deck"> D&D Construction Specialties Inc. and Tyler Development Inc. are cited for ten serious and three willful violations following a worker's death. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Oct. 21, 2016, a D&amp;D Construction employee entered a drainage shaft to clean out mud and debris.</p> <p>No personal fall protection was utilized as the worker descended via bucket 10 ft. into the shaft, which was 4.5 ft. in diameter and lined with concrete.</p> <p>At some point, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere in the confined space and fell 40 ft., then drowned in a foot&nbsp;of water.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:00 +0000 54961 at Thinkstock Suicide in the Construction Industry: The Silent Killer <div class="field-deck"> In a 'tough guy,' male-dominated industry, workers with mental health issues often are overlooked or fail to seek help. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The construction and extraction industries have the second-highest rate of suicide &ndash; 53.3 per 100,000 workers.</p> <p>As a manager or supervisor, understanding the triggers of stress that can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts and feelings puts you in a position to help others. In addition, initiating mental health campaigns and providing training could assist workers with identifying the signs of stress.</p> <p><strong>A Male-Dominated Industry</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News Wellness Fri, 05 May 2017 13:47:00 +0000 54831 at High Speed Training OSHA, AIHA Team Up for Construction Safety <div class="field-deck"> Employers are encouraged to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction the week of May 8- 12 and Safe + Sound Week from June 12-18. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Government agencies and nonprofit organizations geared toward protecting U.S. worker health and safety are teaming up to educate employers to reduce workplace injuries and deaths.</p> <p>The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) announced its support for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction from May 8-12 and also is co-sponsoring Safe + Sound Week from June 12-18. Both of the programs are part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs in workplaces.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 03 May 2017 16:35:00 +0000 54781 at Thinkstock