Springtime Construction Safety

Winter has passed, and Spring has finally sprung!  Spring weather is unpredictable to say the very least, bringing with it equally unpredictable safety hazards. You may walk out your door one morning in a heavy winter coat, and return home wearing a t-shirt. The key is being prepared for whatever mother nature has in store.

Spring's fluctuating temperatures and frequent rain showers pose a different set of problems on the job site.  Frosty spring mornings can warm up significantly by early afternoon. Dress in layers that can be removed as the day heats up. Drinking plenty of water will help you remain hydrated.

Be prepared for the variants in weather conditions, cold, snow, rain, wind, and sun. Keep a plastic bin with a variety of clothing options and weather-resistant personal protective equipment (PPE) that is in line with OSHA’s PPE standards in your vehicle. Items such as sunscreen, bottled water, and non-perishable snack items would also make a great addition. Dehydration and low blood sugar can lead to dizziness and instability, especially when working at elevated heights.

Slip and fall hazards quickly become a concern when the rising temperatures turn frozen dirt into mud. Be mindful of wet conditions especially when using ladders or working on roofs or scaffolding. Always wear the right PPE for the job. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry. Osha’s most common citations are directly related to fall protection standards.

Consider taking online safety training with courses such as Construction Health and Safety Compliance, Construction Safety and 29 CFR 1926 Stairways and Ladders. Course selections may vary from state to state as well as state required education standards. Company training discounts on state-approved online safety training for your entire crew is available 24/7 at www.licensetobuild.com.

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What is OSHA and Why is it Necessary?

Every workplace has its own set of safety issues and the construction industry is definitely no exception. Each year nearly 6,000 workplace fatalities are reported nationally and 50,000 deaths occur from workplace-related illnesses.  OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration and was created within the Department of Labor. OSHA is responsible for worker safety and health protection.

The information below is an actual snippet from the Builders License Training Institute's  Construction Safety Standards Course.

Is there a need for OSHA?

Each year there are:

  • Nearly 6,000 workplace fatalities nationally
  • 50,000 deaths from workplace-related illnesses
  • 7 million non-fatal workplace injuries
  • Injuries alone cost US businesses over $125 billion

Since 1970 OSHA has:

  • Helped cut the work-related fatality rate in half
  • Worked with employers and employees to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses by 40%
  • Virtually eliminated brown lung disease in the textile industry, and
  • Reduced trenching and excavation fatalities by 35%

What does OSHA do?

  • Encourages employers and employees to implement new, or improve existing safety and health programs by providing assistance, training and other support programs
  • Develops mandatory job safety and health standards
  • Enforces mandatory job safety and health standards
  • Maintains a reporting and record keeping system to monitor job-related injuries and illnesses

Who is covered by OSHA?

  • Most private sector employees
  • Does not cover the self-employed or immediate members of farm families that do not employ outside workers

OSHA develops and enforces standards that employers must follow.  Where OSHA does not have standards, employers are responsible for following the OSHA's General Duty Clause. Employers must furnish a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.

SUMMARY

  • OSHA helps save lives and prevent injuries.
  • OSHA balances a cooperative approach with traditional enforcement.
  • OSHA standards are the enforceable requirements for worker safety and health.
  • Inspections are OSHA's way to ensure compliance.
  • OSHA offers various means of assistance.

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