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Making Buildings Safer Through Masonry

Tornado season underscores the importance of reinforced masonry wall systems. By Dawn Henning Tornado season typically peaks in April through June. But in January 2017, violent outbursts struck, featuring one of the largest tornado events to ever occur in winter. A spate of storms produced 79 confirmed tornadoes across the Deep South from Texas to [...]

Building a Safe Culture in the Masonry Industry

By Zach Everett When we talk about building a safe culture in the masonry industry, it is necessary to know what is all this rhetoric about “safety culture” anyway? I think most people get the general idea, but let’s make certain of what we’re talking about when we use the word “culture” in reference to [...]

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. [...]

Protecting Construction Workers from Zika

You may not think Zika affects you, based on your location. But if your workers travel to other states for work or pleasure, they may very well be affected. Take a look at these tips to start protecting construction workers  from Zika now By Jennifer Morrell Mosquitoes have long been the outdoor pests we’d love to see [...]

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

When you work in a hot environment, your body attempts to maintain a normal temperature. The hotter it is, the harder your body has to work to stay cool. 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 [...]

A closer look at safety glasses

Because polycarbonate offers the best impact resistance, it is the most popular option for both prescription and non-prescription safety eyewear. 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 [...]

Hearing protection for construction workers

Employers must provide hearing protection to all workers exposed to eight-hour noise levels of 85 dBA or greater at no charge to the employee. 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 [...]