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OSHA revises 14 provisions with final rule

OSHA revises 14 provisions with final rule

From Construction & Demolition Recycling. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards that the agency says may be “confusing, outdated or unnecessary.” The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

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Resources for Young Worker Safety and Health

Resources for Young Worker Safety and Health

Check out these resources from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Resrouces include "I have rights" poster for workers age 16-24, "How-to" Safety Videos for Construction and Landscaping, Prevention Videos (v-Tools): Construction Hazards, OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign, OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers and Occupational Heat Exposure.

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Regulator advice focuses on underlying causes of recent demo incidents

Regulator advice focuses on underlying causes of recent demo incidents

From PP Construction Safety. Twelve brief Case Studies on demolition incidents have been released by HSE which are reproduced below.The regulator is urging those involved in demolition projects to consider the scenarios and ask themselves if they could mitigate for these “common lapses in judgement or process”. If not, the HSE advice is to review their own processes with a particular focus on thorough planning, management and control of demolition and refurbishment work.

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National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction

National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction

From OSHA. WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is joining with occupational safety organizations for the 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, 2019. The week-long event will focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry.  The national stand-down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard recognition and fall prevention, and talks about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

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OSHA Tip of the Week - Workers must be trained to operate a forklift

OSHA Tip of the Week - Workers must be trained to operate a forklift

Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can also be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers. Powered industrial trucks can either be ridden by the operator or controlled by a walking operator. Over-the-road haulage trucks and earth-moving equipment that has been modified to accept forks are not considered powered industrial trucks.

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American Society of Safety Professionals Leadership Changes

American Society of Safety Professionals Leadership Changes

From ForConstructionPros.com. The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, announces leadership changes on two ANSI/ASSP standards committees that work to advance occupational safety and health across the country. Voluntary consensus standards promote best practices and prevent worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

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First speakers named for demolition summit

First speakers named for demolition summit

World Demolition Summmit confirms awards  judging panel member  and NDA Board of Director Jim Graham, from US company Winter Environmental as one of this year’s session chairs. Demolition experts from both sides of the Atlantic make up the first speakers to be announced for this year’s World Demolition Summit (WDS), which takes place in Boston, USA on October 23 and 24.

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Did you know that March is National Ladder Safety Month?

Did you know that March is National Ladder Safety Month?

Every year over 100 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) and participate in the third annual National Ladder Safety Month February 24 - March 30. This important month was designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities.

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OSHA beryllium enforcement ramps up March 11

OSHA beryllium enforcement ramps up March 11

From Business & Legal Resources. OSHA will begin enforcing general industry requirements for engineering controls to limit worker beryllium dust exposures a year later, on March 10, 2020. At construction and shipyard workplaces, the agency is only enforcing the permissible exposure limit (PEL), which is 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) of air averaged over 8 hours.

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Temporary enforcement policy for evaluation and documentation of crane operators

Temporary enforcement policy for evaluation and documentation of crane operators

OSHA has issued a temporary enforcement policy for the crane operator evaluation requirements in the cranes and derricks in construction standard.  The effective date for the standard’s evaluation and documentation requirements was Feb. 7, 2019. 

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