Tag: construction safety

Construction safety measures and encouragement

For many years, the construction industry has scored dangerously high in terms of accident or injury rates and other unfortunate measures of safety. But to be fair, successful safety programs are often celebrated to highlight that safer conditions are possible.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by the negative stats available when headlines about safety often lead into stories that focus on numbers of people getting hurt on the job or worse. But on the other hand, we must recognize these numbers and draw attention to them – rather than ignoring them or pretending that accidents do not happen.

With this in mind, we’ve seen some encouraging statistics from a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study and proactive moves to increase safety in construction…  Read More

Joining forces to combat falls in construction

Falls remain one of the major causes of workplace fatalities. In fact, the number of fatalities from falls, slips or trips in the U.S. shows no sign of reducing. According to America’s Unions AFL-C10, 2011 faced 681 fatal falls compared to 646 in 2010.

But three organizations – OSHA, NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) – are doing something about it. They’ve re-launched a nationwide collaborative campaign to fight falls in the industry and improve construction safetyRead More

Clamping down on construction safety issues

How safe is construction industry? The situation has been improving over time and the amount of construction-related injuries and fatalities have been going down in many places. However, it still remains one of the highest risk industries around the world.

In the U.K., accounting for only 5% of all employees, the construction industry accounts for 22% of fatal injuries. And in the U.S., construction fatal injury rate is the highest compared to all other industries. It’s a global problem.

That’s why it’s important that safety organizations around the world take efforts to improve safety in construction. Last summer, Ontario Ministry of Labour conducted safety blitzes at construction sites. And yesterday, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the U.K. announced a safety clampdown on construction sites…     Read More

Construction safety measures extended again

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction again. This regulation was supposed to end on December 15, which is this Saturday. However the government body reported today that it intends to continue its temporary enforcement measures extending them for another three months.

So, the policy and instructions of the September 22, 2011 residential fall protection memorandum will remain in force until March 15, 2013. They include priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, and measures to ensure consistency and increased outreach, as stated in the news release.

With falls being the leading cause of workplace fatalities, this is an important step to improve construction safety.   Read More

Human factors behind Olympic construction safety success

The day before the London Olympic Games began and the “big build” phase was officially complete, we blogged about the remarkable safety record of the major U.K. construction project. The 2012 Olympic Park was delivered on time, within the budget, and with excellent health and safety indices.

So what are the factors behind the London Olympic construction safety success? Research conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gives an interesting answer to this question…    Read More

3 steps to prevent falls and improve construction safety

Fatalities from falls still remain the number one cause of workplace death in construction. In 2010, out of 774 total construction fatalities, 264 attributed to fatalities from falls.

That is one reason why the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will extend its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through December 15, 2012. Since last October, OSHA’s on-site consultation project performed more than 2,500 on-site visits, conducted 925 training sessions, and delivered 438 presentations related to fall protection in residential construction.  Read More

Improving safety and compliance by error proofing

Investments in technology often lead to greater efficiency and improved safety and compliance for different types of organizations. And often, reducing error is part of the equation when it comes to achieving both of those goals. That’s one of the ways technology can be so useful.

One of the easiest places to start is by eliminating paperwork, or in some cases, messy and hard-to-maintain spreadsheets. But reducing error can also go much further than that.
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A new rule in demolitions and construction safety

If you’re working in safety or compliance in a demolition or underground construction setting, you may want to note the details of OSHA’s newest final rule. You have a few short weeks to comment on it, before the requirements for cranes and derricks in demolition and underground construction take effect.  Read More

How does the black market affect safety and compliance?

Call it the “black market” or the “black economy” or simply “doing business under the table.” The underground economy, or shadow economy, or whatever equivalent you like. Many people, upon hearing these terms, might first think of what we see in movies: the exchange of illegal goods, underground workers involved in shady activity, or other scenarios involving heroes and villains operating beneath the surface of society. To others, it might simply mean getting things done using an outside contractor or supplier for a job or task.

The fact is that the black market exists, and it’s a reality that affects many different industries. Because of its nature, it may in some cases be hard to measure. We recently came across some research about how the “black economy” is affecting an industry that many of our users operate in. And it got us thinking, as usual, about how the issue is affecting safety management and compliance. Read More

London 2012 Olympics construction – a safety management success

With a large-scale construction project like London 2012 Olympics, proper and effective safety management system is crucial. The Olympic Games are starting tomorrow, and the preparation stage will become officially completed. So we would like to look into the safety measures put in place making this project a success and an example for the construction industry.

Over the last three years, the Olympic Park site in East London has been transformed into one of the largest construction projects in Europe. Word-class sports venues and an athlete village were created, as well as all the infrastructure to facilitate thousands of spectators and participants. This story so far has been remarkable with the “big build” phase completed on time, within the budget, and with excellent health and safety indices.  Read More