Substance Abuse in Construction on The Rise

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Substance Abuse in Construction on The Rise

Construction sites might not be as safe as you think! A recent Substance Abuse and Mental Wellness Services Management survey found the building and construction industry ranks high for substance abuse. The building and construction trades ranked second-highest for substance abuse disorder. This accounts for an incredible 14.3% of construction employees between 16-64. Construction workers also ranked second-highest for alcohol abuse. Although well-intended, the 25-year-old Drug-Free Workplace Act has failed as of late. Today, Substance Abuse Disorders (SUDs) are causing increased safety and...

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New Construction Safety Helmets Coming

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on New Construction Safety Helmets Coming

Hard hats have long been a staple safety item for the construction industry. For years, builders and tradespeople have relied on traditional construction hard hats to keep them safe – but things are changing. Bloomberg BNA recently released a report highlighting an increased interest in new, high-tech construction safety gear. More construction companies are switching to helmets of a new design, reducing the risk of workplace injury. These helmets protect employees from dropped objects, flying debris, and offer protection from falls. These types of accidents are the chief causes of traumatic...

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Helping Construction Workers Beat The Heat

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Helping Construction Workers Beat The Heat

During the hot summer months, construction moves into overdrive. Workers in this industry are grateful for the work… and may be quietly struggling with the heat. If they’re not careful in hot weather, construction workers can suffer dehydration, muscle pain, and heat stroke. That’s for starters. To help out, here are some tips by Mike Flynn a health and safety expert… Flynn stated that construction employees need to be trained to look for signs and symptoms of overheating. The most common symptoms include paleness, unsteadiness, and excessive sweating. Heat can also cause workers to shed...

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Dealing With Suspension Trauma

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Dealing With Suspension Trauma

Envision this situation: A building employee is changing shingles on the roof covering of a two-story house 20 feet over ground. He loses his ground as well as slides, diminishing the roof covering. He’s using a fall-arrest system, and also consequently is saved from fatality. Yet he’s not unharmed yet. This worker can potentially experience orthostatic intolerance– additionally typically described as suspension trauma. Just what is it? OSHA explains suspension injury as “the advancement of signs and symptoms such as light-headedness, bad concentration, palpitations, tremulousness,...

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Diesel Exhaust Dangers

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Diesel Exhaust Dangers

Equipment that runs on diesel is quite common in a number of industries. This includes construction sites, mining, farming, maritime and several other such sectors. Workers in these areas are exposed to a great deal of carcinogen exhausts from such machinery. This is typically in the case where machines are not properly handled and maintained. Emissions from such equipment are made of “Diesel Particulate Matter”. ,This is a substance that “is made of soot and is comprised majorly of metallic particles, ash, carbon, silicates and sulfates” according to OSHA. The International Agency for...

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The Hazards of Scaffolding

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on The Hazards of Scaffolding

Structure scaffolding for work projects could provide many serious threats to employees. Inning accordance with OSHA, injuries connected to scaffolds include falls, tip-overs, being struck by falling tools, and entering contact with energized high-voltage line. To ideal stay secure while building as well as using scaffolding, OSHA recommends a selection of tips: Always utilize footings that are level, rigid as well as able to sustain lots without settling or moving. Securely plumb and also support tools in order to help protect against persuading and dislodgment. Plumb and also degree the...

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