A new rule from Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulating how the construction industry operates in confined spaces will go into effect on August 3, 2015.
“This rule will save lives of construction workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels.
OSHA says that confined spaces put workers at heightened risk for face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, Read more
Subcontractors have become the norm at construction sites. The benefits to construction firms are plenty. But so are the risks. On the surface, a quality sub should make your job easier. Alternately, a sub-quality sub can put your entire operation in jeopardy. As you weigh the pros and cons of using subcontractors on the jobsite, here’s what some construction industry experts are saying as to how you can get the most out of these relationships and mitigate risk at the same time.
The only risk you assume here is time lost to vetting an unqualified sub. Take the time to Read more
Through rain, sleet, hail and 102-inches of snow, the ModSpace branch office in Boston continues to deliver world-class service to our customers in New England.
The Boston office, and the rest of our locations throughout the Northeast and in Eastern Canada, have been open every day through the harsh winter to help businesses in need of mobile offices and portable storage units. It’s just one more example of the our commitment to helping businesses thrive, even in the most extreme conditions.
The ModSpace Boston office is in there somewhere.
When it snows big, we bring in the big equipment.
A little snow won’t slow us down. – Jim Adams, ModSpace Fleet Manager, Boston
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Fall Protection remains the most commonly cited OSHA standard according to the recently released top 10 OSHA violations in 2014. The annual list from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is intended to help employers identify safety concerns so they can take corrective action to avoid citations, injuries or worse.
Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2014
(as of October 28, 2014)
- Fall Protection – 1926.501 – 2013 Rank: 1
- Hazard Communication – 1910.1200 – 2013 Rank: 2
- Scaffolding – 1926.451 – 2013 Rank: 3
- Respiratory Protection – 1910.134 – 2013 Rank: 4
- Powered Industrial Trucks – 1910.178 – 2013 Rank: 6
- Lockout/Tagout – 1910.147 – 2013 Rank: 8
- Ladders – 1926.1053 – 2013 Rank: 7
- Electrical, Wire Methods – 1910.305 – 2013 Rank: 5
- Machine Guarding – 1910.212 – 2013 Rank: 10
- Electrical, General Requirements – 1910.303 – 2013 Rank: 9
Earlier this month a man was killed at a construction site New Jersey when a 1-pound tape measure fell 50 stories and struck him in the head. This tragedy is a stark reminder that falling object injuries can and do occur. It could also be considered a call for an industry-wide effort to prevent these incidents in the future.
Falling Object Statistics
- A solid object dropped from 64 feet will hit the ground in 2 seconds at a speed of 43.8 miles per hour.
- The same object dropped at 106 feet will hit the ground in 3 seconds at a speed of 65.8 miles per hour.
- A 2-ounce pen dropped from 230 feet has the potential to penetrate a hardhat.
Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries
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Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA has revamped its requirements for reporting specific injuries and hospitalizations. In addition to notifying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of all work-related fatalities within 8 hours, employers under federal OSHA will be required to notify the administration within 24 hours when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. This new rule resembles the CAL/OSHA rule already in place.
Current regulations require an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of 3 or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye is not required.
Learn more about the new notification requirements now at OHSA.com.
It’s no secret that injuries on the job site are a costly mistake. Nonetheless, the Bureau of Labor Statics recorded more than 1.1 million non-fatal construction-related injuries and illnesses in 2012. It’s a powerful incentive to go the extra mile to keep injuries to a minimum and with them, their impact on your bottom line.
Soon we’ll talk in greater detail about the many costs associated with poor safety performance. But first, here are some terms that every GC or sub, or any firm working in construction needs to understand.
Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is a computation determined by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) that compares a company’s annual losses in worker compensation Read more
Construction site theft is on the rise, and expensive delays and replacement costs are the fallout. Copper wiring, generators, and heavy equipment are some of the items at risk.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) estimates as much as $1 billion in metals and equipment is stolen from construction sites each year. And a 2009-2011 report by the NICB revealed that metal theft claims jumped 81 percent over numbers from 2006-2008, an increase driven by the economic downturn and the rising price of base metals.
Thieves are looking for more than metals. Equipment theft is also a significant threat to contractors and subs. According to the NCIB, in 2010 there were 13,374 reports of heavy equipment theft, valued at around $400 million, of which only 19 percent was recovered. This year, 43 percent of thefts were reported in just five states, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.