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Working Safely With Heavy Equipment

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Working Safely With Heavy Equipment

Have heavy equipment on a job site? Make it a safe to operate… Running heavy machinery on a construction site can lead to significant hazards. There are important techniques to bear in mind to keep a job site safe: Make sure that repairs to equipment are not started until the equipment is fully powered down. If refueling, you must be sure that engines are turned off. All vehicles should be checked at the beginning of each shift to verify its operability. If mobile heavy equipment is used on a public road, proper traffic management must be used. If traffic control methods such as barriers are...

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Abrasive blowing: Manage the threats

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Abrasive blowing: Manage the threats

Abrasive blasting is an important method in construction to handle a number of tasks: Preparing a surface for paint, applying a texture, or for cleaning surfaces. While a time-efficient method it comes with serious risks to worker safety. One problem with abrasive blasting is that it is loud. OSHA says it can lead to “significant” hearing loss for individuals working with or near equipment. As a result, it is critical that employees use hearing protection. In addition, employers are required to have a well-defined hearing-loss prevention program. Another issue is that materials used in the...

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Reduce Workers Comp Claims! Insist on Safe Ladder Practices…

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Construction | Comments Off on Reduce Workers Comp Claims! Insist on Safe Ladder Practices…

Ladders are a fundamental tool in construction. They are so commonplace it is easy to forget they are potentially hazardous. When it comes to ladders, it’s up to construction company owners and leaders to set the safety tone. It starts by insisting that proper safety rules are followed to reduce the risk of worker injury. Think it’s no big deal? 81% of construction-related fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involve a ladder! Falls are the #1 cause of death on construction sites. Ladders are involved in 33% of those fatalities. Yet ladder related injuries are easily prevented....

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Best of 2016: Are You Prepared for the DOL’s New Overtime Rule?

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Construction | Comments Off on Best of 2016: Are You Prepared for the DOL’s New Overtime Rule?

As of December 1, 2016, millions of additional American workers will be eligible for overtime pay. The new Department of Labor (DOL) rule, issued on May 18, raises the minimum salary an employee has to earn in order to qualify to be exempt from overtime pay to $47,476. It was previously set at $23,660. Any employee earning less than the minimum must be paid overtime for all hours they work in excess of 40 hours each week. Additionally, the new rule will automatically update the salary threshold every three years, basing the new minimum on wage growth over time. These updates will begin on...

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Can You Earn More When Your Job Schedule is Crammed?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Construction | Comments Off on Can You Earn More When Your Job Schedule is Crammed?

Can you earn more when your job schedule is crammed with projects? Remember when the economy was slow? Contractors tried to keep work crews as busy as possible while simply breaking even. As things began to heat up in the economy they started taking on more work while keeping a cap on the number of workers… more jobs – same workers = bigger profits. At least that was the thinking. Do more profits naturally come from more work? Running a construction company is difficult on a good day but if key staff is stretched too thin, quality suffers. Why? Because they don’t have the time to properly...

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Do You Value Efficiency Over Safety

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Construction | Comments Off on Do You Value Efficiency Over Safety

Do you value efficiency over safety? At least 33% of your workforce thinks so… The National Safety Council recently completed a study of more than 2,000 laborers across the U.S. and found that more than one-third of workers strongly believe their company is singularly interested in performance caring little about worker safety. And if you think that number is high, the study revealed perceptions that are more surprising by industry… 41% of workers in healthcare reported they were afraid to report genuine safety concerns. 61% of folks in fishing, farming, and forestry said that the workers...

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