While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may regulate certain aspects of the construction industry which relate to road and highway work, the absence of a blanket standard that addresses this sector of employment safety in detail has been a major concern to certain workplace injury watchdogs. The most recent attempt to impose some type of order on the mish-mash of overlapping roadwork safety policies has come from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
When OSHA released their agenda, issuing a final rule on Cranes and Derricks was listed as one of their top priorities. Since, the proposal was issued in October of 08, this is a good time to revisit the proposal and remind all in the industry of the changes on the horizon.
Continuing our examination of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Fall 2009 Regulatory Priorities, we now turn our attention to several of the more targeted initiatives that the Administration plans to set in motion in 2010.
Several hazardous materials – specifically, how they are handled in the workplace and how to control employee exposure to [...]
Of all the hazards faced by workers on the job, one of the most insidious is noise pollution. Damage to an employee’s hearing can be so gradual that by the time it has been detected, either by a standard medical exam or by the individual who notices a drop off in their auditory acuity, it is often too late to mitigate the loss. Hearing loss is cumulative, and it is irreparable. This harsh reality makes it important for risk managers to take steps to protect the hearing of their workers right from the day they first set foot onto the job site.
When viewed from the inside over a long period of time, it can be difficult for risk managers to remain objective about evaluating new hazards that may have presented themselves in the workplace, or to notice dangers that have always been present but which have yet to come to the fore. It is always helpful to approach the task of worker safety from a fresh perspective from time to time in order to pick up on issues that may not have been apparent from a previous viewpoint.
Although the revised fall prevention guidelines issued by OSHA with regards to steel erection and the construction of new buildings are of course helpful, when creating a full fall protection program, the installation of netting and flooring is only part of the total effort that should be made.
Recently OSHA published a 72 paged guide on controlling silica exposures on construction worksites. This guide breaks down several aspects of dust control, from the best control measures to housekeeping tasks that stir up dust. Though tips were laid out for each task, there were a few common themes echoed in each situation.
Not all construction takes place within the relatively safe confines of a building job site. Some of the most dangerous construction jobs are found on America’s highways, where speeding cars, the dark of night and inclement weather all combine together to create one of the most challenging and hazardous work environments in the country.
With colder weather on the horizon in many states, and with some northern climates already in the grip of temperatures bordering on uncomfortable, it is once again time to consider the ergonomic and safety implications of outdoor work during the winter season.
More construction workers are killed by falls than any by any other danger present on job sites in a given year, with 447 fatal victims in 2007 alone. As just over 37 percent of construction deaths are related to falls, it is clear that risk managers must keep this safety area first and foremost on their minds when putting together a worker protection policy.