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Ladder safety is improving, step by step

Compared to power saws and drills, electrical wiring, and other potentially dangerous tools and materials construction professionals train to use properly, ladders look simple and non-threatening. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as ladders are involved in many workplace injuries and deaths each year. By Jim Cook Construction managers and workers often underestimate the dangers posed [...]

Construction Worker Classification on the Jobsite

You may not think the ‘W2 versus 1099’ decision is overly important. But when an accident occurs, the construction worker classification becomes the focus of OSHA and, ultimately, the employer and the injured employee. By Maureen Upchurch When ground breaks on a construction project, the first order of business is completion of the “standard” paperwork. [...]

Prevent injuries with PPE

PPE or personal protective equipment — hard hats, goggles and steel-toed work boots — may not generate the same envious stares at the worksite as the latest power tool or a new pickup truck, but the right stuff can help protect you from serious injury or worse. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, “Injuries, […]

Heat illness prevention on the jobsite

On some jobs, exposure to heat is difficult to control. The resulting heat illness and heat-related accidents can be very serious – even fatal. Both are most likely to occur among those who have not been given time to adjust to working in heat or who have been away from hot environments. When you work […]

A closer look at safety glasses

Thousands of eye injuries occur on jobsites every day, and many of them could have been prevented with the proper safety glasses. There are a few different types of lenses available in safety glasses, and knowing the properties of each material will help you choose the best protection. Plastic lenses for safety glasses Lighter and […]

Hearing protection for construction workers

Work-related hearing loss is a critical workplace issue, with an estimated 30 million workers, including construction workers, exposed to high levels of noise and the potential for permanent hearing loss. In construction industry studies, 44 percent of carpenters and 48 percent of plumbers reported hearing loss. Here’s all you need to know about hearing protection […]