Construction en Washington Construction Co. Fined more than $200,000 for Repeated Safety Violations <div class="field-deck"> A Puyallup, Wash., construction company allegedly exposed workers to potential falls and other hazards at a residential construction site in Olympia. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington State <a href=";d=DwMGaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=XgtefILxNjCXUNQxGj32dUM9iTIINaaWqlieCZOmwA0&amp;m=IEGEc1unPNRxenbIHx4Xkwb1PAXoUwvl4PjahU4MMRA&amp;s=S2-375Zb8dp-26d5YP7nGLRbLQ67n45bJz19CF5NYyQ&amp;e=" target="_blank">Department of Labor &amp; Industries</a> (L&amp;I) has cited J &amp; I Construction for 13 violations for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other hazards, including several that are considered willful and repeat-serious. The findings include penalties totaling $203,420.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Fall Protection OSHA News Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:33:00 +0000 52851 at Illinois Maintenance Worker Suffocates to Death <div class="field-deck"> Preliminary investigation discovers 47-year-old Donald Tentler was pinned between a crane and bell tower at a shopping center in Geneva, Ill. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A sign maintenance worker suffocated&nbsp;to death on Friday, Feb. 3 while trying to install a sign at Geneva Commons Shopping Center in Illinois.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">The incident occurred just before noon.</span>&nbsp;The&nbsp;employee, 47-year-old Donald Tentler, became pinned between a crane and a bell tower and &quot;died of compression asphyxiation due to the mechanical compression of the neck,&rdquo; Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said in a news release.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:58:00 +0000 52841 at Thinkstock Free Retro-Inspired Posters Highlight OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2016 [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p><a href="" target="_blank">The series of 10, vintage-inspired safety posters are available for free from the Grainger web site.</a></p> </div> Construction Forklift Safety Galleries GHS Safety Leadership Fall Protection OSHA Safety Galleries Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:24:00 +0000 52791 at <p>A set of 10, vintage-style safety posters is available for free from Grainger.</p> Leveraging Technology to Ease Regulatory Challenges Facing Construction <div class="field-byline"> By Phil N. Molé, MPH </div> <div class="field-deck"> Early indicators point towards 2017 bringing many worker health and safety challenges to the construction industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Last year, OSHA passed several long-awaited rules and regulatory changes that significantly impact construction by adding more layers of compliance to existing standards, along with increasing noncompliance penalties and fines for violators. More than ever, it&#39;s critical that those in construction understand and comply with OSHA requirements and take all possible measures to prevent worker injuries and illnesses.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety IoT Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:09:00 +0000 52621 at “Workers Falling Out of the Sky”: NYCOSH Report Reveals Uptick in New York Construction Fatalities <div class="field-deck"> “Deadly Skyline,” a new report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, reveals that there were safety violations at nearly all New York city and state construction sites where worker fatalities occurred. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Construction workers, safety advocates, unions and elected officials are calling for more worker training, safer worksites and stronger regulations to help curb the number of injuries and fatalities occurring at construction sites in the state of New York.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:22:00 +0000 52441 at <p>Photographer Michael Nigro captured this photo of hundreds of construction workers and union members who demonstrated in lower Manhattan on Jan. 18, 2017, in a planned act of civil disobedience. They are carrying coffins and grave markers representing the construction workers who have died in New York in recent months. Thirty-one people were &quot;arrested,&quot; to symbolize the 31 construction site deaths that have occurred in New York City in the past 24 months.</p> Michael Nigro Department of Labor Files Suit Against Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. for Terminating Employee <div class="field-deck"> Safety manager at Jasper Roofing terminated for cooperating with OSHA inspection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.</p> <p>The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA&#39;s Whistleblower Protection Program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:32:00 +0000 52181 at Thinkstock 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