Construction en Fatality Investigation: Roofing Employee Falls to Death at U.S. Bank Stadium <div class="field-deck"> Berwald Roofing and Mortenson Construction settle with Minnesota OSHA after an August 2015 fatality in which an employee fell from the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A settlement agreement has been reached between Minnesota&rsquo;s OSHA, Berwald Roofing and Mortenson Construction after an August 2015 fatality at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction project.</p> <p>According to the agreement, both companies addressed the hazards found during the subsequent inspection and have paid the citation penalty amounts. Berwald Roofing paid $113,200 for three OSHA violations and Mortenson Construction paid $34,300 for one OSHA violation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Fall Protection Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:34:00 +0000 51841 at <p>Taylor Heinicke (#6 of the Minnesota Vikings) throws the ball under pressure form Mario Jr. Edwards (#97), Neiron Ball (#58) and Ben Heeney (#51) of the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter of the preseason game on Aug. 22 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 20-12.</p> Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Complaint about Fall Hazards Results in OSHA Inspection <div class="field-deck"> A Philadelphia contractor has been fined $72,000 by OSHA for alleged fall and trenching violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA paid an unannounced visit to one of Hua Da Construction sites and it turned out to be more than a social call for a Philadelphia contractor.</p> <p>The federal occupational safety and health agency on Nov. 9 <a href="" target="_blank">issued citations for one alleged repeat and one alleged serious safety violation</a>. Total proposed penalties are $72,511.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:31:00 +0000 51471 at <p>Hua Dua Construction previously was cited for alleged trenching violations in March and May 2016 for allegedly exposing workers to cave-in hazards due to an inadequate protective system.</p> Thinkstock New Respirable Silica Rule Poses Problems for Construction Industry <div class="field-deck"> Supply and demand of technology and ever-changing job sites will make it difficult for employers to remain compliant. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While the respirable silica rule isn&#39;t in effect until June 23, 2017 for the construction industry, safety professionals are questioning whether they will be able to stay compliant.</p> <p>Tressi Cordaro, principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., gave Safety Leadership Conference attendees a road map to its respirable crystalline silica rule and answered some of those questions.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s just about everywhere, and trying to regulate it is problematic,&quot; Cordaro said. &quot;The question is can employers feasibly do what OSHA is asking them to do?&quot;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Industrial Hygiene Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:51:00 +0000 51161 at Worker Crushed by 40-ton Beam; OSHA Cites Omega Demolition Corp. <div class="field-deck"> OSHA places the Elgin, Ill., company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A federal investigation has determined that an overstressed 40-ton beam fell during demolition of the Touhy Road overpass over I-90, causing the death of Vicente Santoyo, a 47-year-old Omega Demolition employee, an injuring three additional workers.</p> <p>According to OSHA, Santoyo was standing in an aerial lift cutting steel bracing between two beams supporting the highway when one of the beams collapsed on him in April.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:02:00 +0000 50831 at SLC 2016: PJ Dick and the Business of Safety [ Photo Gallery ] <div class="node-body gallery-body">PJ Dick, Trumbull and Lindy Paving is working to bring industry rates down by “blending its safety and project operations into a single function,” as demonstrated during the construction site tour at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety Leadership Conference 2016 Safety OSHA Enforcement Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:52:00 +0000 50181 at Fifteen Years After 9/11: EHS Today Looks Back <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today has published more than 300 articles that examine the events and aftermath of 9/11. No other event has impacted this magazine – or our country – more. Fifteen years later, we still think about it, talk about it and feel the impact of it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As I write this while working from home on Sept. 8, it is a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day. Almost too warm. Almost too perfect. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that autumn, followed quickly by winter, will be here before I know it.</p> <p>On Sept. 11, 2001, my circumstances were different: I was living in a different home, had a different job, was &ldquo;almost&rdquo; engaged to a different man, had different dogs&hellip; One thing was the same: it was a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day and I was working from home. Life could not have been sweeter.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Emergency Management MSHA Environment OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 50011 at <p><span>Work continues at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks Oct. 29, 2001 in New York City. </span></p> Mario Tama/Getty Images OSHA Solidifies Dean McKenzie's Role as Construction Director <div class="field-deck"> With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Dean McKenzie also has a lead role in OSHA’s Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction campaign. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Dean McKenzie officially has been named director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction after serving as the agency’s acting director since January</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:16:00 +0000 49831 at VPPPA 2016: Five Takeaways about OSHA's Subpart AA of 29 FR 1926 Confined Space Standard <div class="field-deck"> Pat Furr, corporate safety officer, Roco Rescue, spoke in detail about the new confined space standard and how it should apply to all spaces, not just permit-required confined spaces. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pat Furr, corporate safety officer, Roco Rescue, went into detail about the differences between the 1910 general industry standard and new Subpart AA 1926 construction standard and when each is appropriate to use in a non-construction setting. Here are five takeaways from his presentation at the 32nd Annual VPPPA Safety & Health Conference.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Industry Events VPPPA 2016 OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 01 Sep 2016 01:32:00 +0000 49781 at Thinkstock KBE Building Corporation Partners with OSHA <div class="field-deck"> Construction company and OSHA’s strategic partnership aims to create safest possible working environment for subcontractors. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new partnership between KBE Building Corporation and OSHA is enforcing health and safety standards for third-party workers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:12:00 +0000 49571 at <p>Kenneth Tucker, Director of the State of Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health; Mike Kolakowski, KBE Building Corporation Principal Owner and CEO; Roman Krochmalnyckyj, Acting Area Director of Federal OSHA Hartford Area Office sign OSHA partnership.</p> KBE Building Corporation Illinois Contractor Robert Barringer Cited for the 19th Time <div class="node-body article-body">Robert Barringer III has been cited numerous times since 2006 for fall hazards.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:41:00 +0000 49561 at Thinkstock