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What Every Construction Firm Needs to Know about Safety Performance Ratings and OSHA Penalties

Construction Site Safety KitIt’s no secret that injuries and fatalities on the job site are a costly mistake. Nonetheless, the Bureau of Labor Statics recorded 899 construction-related fatalities in 2014. That’s more than 20 percent of all workplace fatalities. It’s a powerful incentive to go the extra mile to keep the workplace safe, but so is the likely impact on your bottom line.

We’ll talk next week about the many costs associated with poor safety performance. But first, here are some safety performance terms, types of OSHA violations Read more

How to Set Up School Campuses with Modular Classrooms and Administrative Buildings

Modular buildings can be added quickly and almost anywhere on a school campus. They’re great for keeping learning on track during renovations, after natural disasters or when additional space is needed due to overcrowding. Watch this video to see an example of how to set up school campuses with modular classrooms and administrative buildings.

2016 Commercial Construction Hot Spots

2016 Commercial Construction Hot SpotsAmidst rumblings of a new recession, many industry experts are predicting a good year for construction. CMD (formerly Reed Construction Data) is forecasting a 6.5% rise in construction starts over the previous year. Dodge Data and Analytics is projecting a slightly more conservative 6% increase.

While the news is positive, not all markets will see the same gains. CMD’s Expansion Index evaluates key indicators of non-residential construction starts in markets across the nation and gives them a rating based on overall potential. Shrinking markets are those that receive a score of 1.0 or less. Expanding markets score 1.0 or greater. The busiest markets with ratings of 5.0 or greater are deemed hot spots.

The 2016 commercial construction hot spots according to CMD’s 18-month Expansion Index are: Read more

Charter School Finds New Home With Help from Modular Building

AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School needed a new facility within a tight timeframe or risk losing their funding. Watch this short video to learn why the school chose modular school buildings to get their new campus ready to welcome students before the deadline past.

What You Need to Know Before Using a Drone on a Construction Site

What You Need to Know Before Using a Drone on a Construction SiteThere’s little doubt that the drones are here to stay for construction. Though their safe and legal use among other air traffic and over pedestrian areas is a growing concern. The Drone Act is part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2012. It requires the FAA to “fully integrate the use of drones into U.S. airspace by 2015.” Several regulations have been passed as a result. Here’s what you need to know before using a drone on a construction site.

Know Before You Fly

FAA has enacted strict regulations regarding the commercial and private use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones in all shapes and sizes, including remote Read more

What’s Next for Drones in Construction?

What’s Next for Drones in Construction?As more construction firms consider using drones for information gathering, many are wondering what’s next for drones in construction? The latest construction-specific drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), can be programmed to fly over construction zones to capture birds-eye-view photos and video that can be used for site selection, surveying and visual project updates. Some drones can even send collected information directly to related construction software for use in 3D modeling.

As drone technology becomes more advanced and less expensive, questions rise regarding additional uses for UAVs. Here are few to consider:

Using Drones to Identify Potential Safety Hazards

Daily safety meetings are standard on many jobsites. Consider the benefits of daily Read more

How to Improve Safety Performance and TRIR

How to Improve Safety Performance and TRIRKeeping people injury free at work and at the job site is always the top priority. With that said, Total Recordable Injury Rate, commonly known as TRIR, is a number that can help your company assess your safety performance and how other companies assess you.

TRIR is determined using the following calculation:

Total OSHA recordable injuries x 200,000 / total hours worked = TRIR

With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to improve your TRIR with a Safety Performance Plan.

Safety Performance

Some suggest that awareness alone is sufficient for a safe workplace. But it’s important to make the distinction between awareness and performance. Awareness is needed to identify hazards; however’ a person must perform the act of reporting or correcting the unsafe condition to truly keep people safe and reach the ultimate safety performance goal of zero work related injuries.

Risk Tolerance

Hazard recognition and awareness do not equal risk tolerance. One may be aware and recognize a hazard but disregard the risk. Risk tolerance can be simply defined as unsafe work behaviors, or how much risk will a worker will take before an incident is certain. Workers should have high hazard recognition and a low risk tolerance to ensure they are working safely. It’s a good practice to have workers consider the worst possible outcome before performing a task.

Training

Safety training should be an ongoing part of your Safety Performance Plan to ensure workers are “competent” as defined by OSHA. OSHA defines a “competent person” as: By way of training and/or experience, one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in their surroundings or working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees and has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

New workers should be taught the full spectrum of safety protocols before entering any job site. Experienced workers should receive regular refresher training. Subject matter and frequency is the key to success with training.

Communication

Effective safety communication and management must be ongoing with safety being equally important as all other aspects of one’s job. Workers should be encouraged to communicate safety concerns with their supervisors. Conduct regular safety meetings to discuss and correct safety concerns and hazards. Ensure effective communication between workers by 2-way radio, the buddy system, signals, signs, barricades or other means.

Documentation

Make sure you have all training documentation, certifications, licenses and any other paperwork in place and available before the job starts to ensure all workers are properly trained and competent in performing their job task.

As prospective clients consider your business for new lucrative projects, TRIR is often a deciding factor in awarding the business. By following these simple procedures, you can reduce your TRIR over time, or better yet, keep it low from the start. Either way, the result is safe workers and the ability to win more projects.

Learn more about improving your TRIR here.

Modular Facilities Help Energy Producers Move Quickly, Even in Remote Locations

California recently passed a law that requires the state to “generate half of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030,” according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

The landmark legislation is intended to further reduce air pollution across the state, but especially in Los Angeles and Riverside counties where air quality has been at unhealthy levels for decades.

The Golden State is a long-time leader in renewable energy. But 50% in 15 years is a monumental challenge. As energy producers and their suppliers rush to develop new facilities to meet the new requirements, ModSpace is ready to help with a range of temporary and permanent modular building solutions that can be ready quickly, even in the most remote locations.

Watch the video below to learn how ModSpace helps energy companies move quickly in California and throughout North America.

Workplace Fatalities Jump in 2014

Workplace Fatalities Jump in 2014A preliminary report by the Labor Department estimated 4,679 workplace fatalities in the U.S. last year, up from 4,585 in 2013, or 2% year over year.

The report is based on incomplete reporting and initial estimates, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. But if the numbers hold true, the oil and gas industry posted the highest gain at 27% over the previous year. Many of those deaths were in top oil-producing states, including Texas, Wyoming and Colorado. Meanwhile, oil-related deaths in North Dakota fell 32%.

Other industries responsible for the sharp rise include construction, agriculture, manufacturing and mining. The WSJ report also noted that female deaths rose from 8% Read more

Roles and Responsibilities for Communicating Safety Hazards at Construction Sites

Roles and Responsibilities for Communicating Safety Hazards at the Job SiteWith full enforcement of OSHA’s new rule for construction work in confined spaces set for October 2, 2015, construction firms large and small need to understand their roles and responsibilities for communicating safety hazards at construction sites.

Roles

Understanding the roles of all parties involved is an essential element of hazard communication. It’s sometimes unclear, even for seasoned construction pros.

The three basic roles, as defined by OSHA, are:

Host Employer

This is usually the owner of the site, but may be a firm representing the owner, such as a general contractor.

Controlling Employer

This party manages the job site as a whole, including firms hired for specific work. In Read more